He’s nicknamed “Coach K,” but in reality he’s “Special K.”
Mike Krzyzewski, Duke’s storied men’s basketball coach, is working another tour with Team USA to win gold at the 2014 FIBA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, and this time he’s bringing Stephen Curry.
This is great news for the colonial empire and also Curry’s game, since the Golden State Warriors guard will have access to the mind of a hardwood genius.
Curry is undoubtedly aware of Krzyzewski’s smarts (he praises the coach on Twitter), so the 25-year-old will embrace his instructions. Moreover his trust with Coach K stems from the NCAA champion’s tutelage with Seth Curry, Stephen’s younger brother, between 2009 and 2013. They’re practically family in the basketball world.
Krzyzewski and the elder Curry worked before as well in 2010 when the sharpshooter narrowly missed the cut for the 2012 Games.
Now Curry has proven himself to be a legitimate superstar, so there is zero chance he’ll be left behind in the states. The scorer and Kryzewski will not work together in summer 2013 but the year after.
When they do, Coach Krzyzewski will do what he does best. He will allow Curry to play free to his strengths but prioritize rounding out his weaknesses. If the scorer’s mediocre 2:1 NBA assist-to-turnover ratio is any inclination, Coach K should develop the guard’s potential as a free-flowing halfcourt distributor.
Some may argue that rest would be more beneficial for Curry, but a young student of the game like him shouldn’t be allowed to rust. It’s also understated how simple and far-reaching Krzyzewski’s influence can be, even positively impacting Carmelo Anthony’s two-way play in the short time they had together.
At the very least, it should be refreshing for Curry to have exposure to another mentor aside from Mark Jackson. Krzyzewski and the shooting extraordinaire now share a common goal (dominating the competition) which will benefit both parties.
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