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Coach K Talks Olympics, One-And-Done

After informing reporters before Game 3 of the NBA Finals that he would defer any decision on coaching the 2012 US Men's Olympic team until July, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski appeared on the Dan Patrick radio show Thursday morning, hitting on a wide range of topics from the NBA Finals to the NBA's one-and-done rule.

Some highlights:

  • Krzyzewski made it clear that he is "the national coach until another one is named." He confirmed that USA Basketball Managing Director Jerry Colangelo has offered him the post for the London 2012 Olympics, but that he would defer his decision until mid-July, when 24 players will travel to Las Vegas for a four-day training camp.  "There's a big part of me that wants to do this," Krzyzewski said. "I want to do what's best for our Olympic movement, our national movement."
  • Krzyzewski said explicitly that he wouldn't rule out signing a one-and-done player, but said that said players in that category would have to come to Duke with the understanding that they were not yet ready to jump to the pros straight out of high school. "School can't be an extended stay motel," said Krzyzewski. He also added that he doesn't like the current structure of the NBA's one-and-done rule, instead preferring a system where players who are ready to go to the league out of high school should be allowed to go pro and those who go to college are required to stay on for at least two years.
  • O.J. Mayo was never on Duke's recruiting radar and Krzyzewski did not pursue him at all. "There's too much there," said Krzyzewski of his past evaluation of Mayo as a prep prospect. "Part of it is that he transferred from different schools, and he was a little bit older than a normal senior from high school. You just know he's not going to be a great fit for Duke."

The complete interview can be streamed on demand here.


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