Coach had a lot to say concerning this seasons team, agents and many issues as he addressed the media about one hour ago. Here is a link to the entire interview via audio - http://bluedevilnation.net/2010/10/l...ses-the-media/
(1) K said the plan is to pick up full court, or at least three-quarter court, most of the time;
(2) When he said Kyrie wasn't going to be the sole ballhandler, he mentioned that Nolan would have the ball in his hands, but did not mention Seth.
According to K, Kyle is now 235!? Up from 217 apparently at this time last season. Wow! Should be interesting to see how that translates on the floor.
K really seemed to want to temper expectations, but at the same time he is very excited with what we have. I like how he said that if you expect perfection, you're going to be disappointed.
"Just be you. You is Enough."
Both Kyle and Nolan said they ran more this pre season than at any other time in their careers. I jokingly asked Nolan is he'd take the over or under on 90 ppg. Other players rolled their eyes when asked about running but all are game to fly up and down the court. Coach Wojo generally oversees the running drills and at times you'll feel as if you're watching a tennis match this season. I am pretty darn excited about the season and ready to tweet away from CIS tomorrow evening. We'll have more interviews coming, Josh Hairston is already up.
"Lance Thomas was as good as a leader as we've had in the last 10 years" - Coach K
That is an incredibly powerful statement if you think through the captains we've had in the last 10 years, namely Battier.
Loved the interview with K; great discussion of topics ranging from agent-player relationships, off-season work, team identity, and coaching strategy. Thanks Watzone for posting it here.
But back to Duke and K, it is always interesting to hear K put a different spin on things other than the obvious cliche we tend to hear from the general media. Thank you very much Watzone for putting this stuff up. I enjoyed the Hairston interview as well. I'm encouraged by the work he's put in already to get in shape and the results he's gotten already with his weight up to 227. Sounds like a very polite kid in the interview.
"Just be you. You is Enough."
Football players and basketball players talk. I'm sure many of the players naturally share friend circles. The whole thing K said about building a team culture is spot on. The UNC football culture was corrupt, from top to bottom. The UNC basketball culture? I'd like to think it's immune to such things.Time will tell.
Thank you for sharing this Watzone.
“Those two kids, they’re champions,” Krzyzewski said of his senior leaders. “They’re trying to teach the other kids how to become that, and it’s a long road to become that.”
Many thanks to Watzone for link to the interview. Probably it's only because I'm a Duke fanatic, but to me, K is invariably very interesting.
Two things in particular got my attention, beyond what other posters have noted. First was his comment re "perimeter rebounding," a specific topic I don't recall being addressed in the numerous posts on '10-'11. I guess it might be vaguely related to concerns about a small 3-guard lineup on the floor at times, but even then, the concerns expressed have tended to be about, say, Seth being posted-up by a taller opponent. I think that accounts for the interest in Andre's possibly being a bit taller this season. Anyhow, the very phrase, "perimeter rebounding," just isn't a phrase one hears regularly.
And speaking of unusual phrases, K's ending comments comparing '09-'10 and '10-'11 on O and D concluded with the phrase "rationalizing defensive team." By this he referred to the '09-'10 team's clear understanding that they had to play excellent defense in order to win games. Because this season's team will be more explosive on O, K says he hopes our guys won't "rationalize" that they can win simply with great O; thus, he hopes they won't become "rationalizing defensively." I'm pretty sure that means he will remind them to adopt last year's close-to-perfect example of "playing every play," itself a phrase that fairly screams out: defense!
For all the obvious and justified excitement about whirlwind fast breaks, ankle-breaking crossovers, alley-oops, and 3-bombs, it's comforting to know that K is thinking about rebounding and defense.