Coach K says, “Duke basketball will be different, but deep in 2010/2011”

Posted by Andy Durham on June 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm under College | 3 Comments to Read

from the CharlotteObserver.com:

With more speed and a deeper cast of perimeter players, Mike Krzyzewski said the playing style will change from the one he used to get Duke past Butler in the 2009 title game in Indianapolis.

“We’ll press more. We’ll run more,” he said. “Everyone of our guys can contribute. We just have more depth.”

Freshman Kyrie Irving will have an important role in the quicker tempo and will arrive with Krzyzewski’s complete confidence.

“He’ll be very, very good right away. There’s absolutely no question about that. He’s that good of a basketball player,” Krzyzewski said. “I see a little bit of Chris Paul in him.

“We have a lot of veteran players to help Kyrie make his adjustment. We didn’t have a guard who could kind of make things happen for other people. Kyrie can do that. He’s really good.”

Blend in Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith, plus Andre Dawkins, Miles Plumlee, Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and beefed-up Ryan Kelly (232 pounds), and it’s easy to see how the Devils could win their fifth title.

Even so, the odds will still be against another Duke repeat, and Krzyzewski understands that fact better than anyone.

It’s still fairly rare for defending champs to get back to the Final Four, much less win it. At times this past season, Kansas and Kentucky were deemed by many coaches to be prohibitively better than the rest of the country. Neither made it to Indianapolis……

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  • CJones said,

    I guess K will water down his non-conference schedule again and play no road games.

  • WildManStan said,

    And then he’ll go out and win another national championship.

    Are you serious?

  • Duke Fan said,

    C Jones,

    What a typical “Sour Grapes” Carolina Fan. Coach “K” will be regarded as the winniest and probably the second best coach to EVER coach in College. It’s hard to argue with John Wooden’s record. Secondly, no one has EVER played an easier non-conference schedule that Dean Smith. Heplayed schools no one had ever heard of.

    Also, if you add up BOTH Dean Smith ‘s and Roy William’ s National Championships now you approach Greatness. Of course, I am referring to Coach K’s “4” National Championships. Have a good day.