Mike Krzyzewski will coach his final regular-season game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. His career is the definition of legendary, winning more games than any coach in Division I men's basketball history and five national championships. Coach K's Duke Blue Devils will face the North Carolina Tarheels, marking the end of a long era in a historic rivalry.
All of Krzyzewski's former Duke players were invited to watch his final home game. Many of them shared stories about him and how much he meant to their careers. JJ Redick, Shane Battier, Trajan Langdon and Steve Wojciechowski told some stories about Coach K on ESPN's College Gameday.
Former Duke basketball superstars JJ Redick, Shane Battier, Trajan Langdon, and Steve Wojciechowski share their feisty Coach K stories. 🔥
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Jay Bilas, one of Coach K's starters in his earlier days at Duke, said that everyone who played under him is indebted to him for how impactful he was. He said that he isn't sure how he is going to handle it.
Coach K has had such a profound influence on my life, there’s just no way I can anticipate the emotions we will all feel on Saturday night. We owe him a debt we can never repay. @espn @dukembb @collegegsmeday pic.twitter.com/nbC168wFpL
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) March 4, 2022
Current NBA players had plenty of praise for him, too. Tyus Jones, who was a key player on the 2015 national championship-winning team, expressed his love for Krzyzewski for his trustworthiness and belief in him. RJ Barrett and Luke Kennard both thanked him deeply. Jayson Tatum called him his “guy for life” and LeBron James, who played for him on USA Basketball, explained what made him one of the best ever.
It’s difficult to put into words how much Coach K means to my family & I. Him believing & trusting in me changed my life & I’m forever thankful for him! Wish I could be there to celebrate him in Cameron tonight!
Love you Coach K!
— Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) March 5, 2022
Krzyzewski's first championship teams came in the early 1990s. Marty Clark, a bench player for those 1993 and 1994 Duke teams, wrote a long Facebook post about how Krzyzewski helped him address his issues with alcoholism decades after he had played for him.
Former Duke guard Marty Clark posted this testimonial about Coach K on his Facebook page. Very much worth a read. pic.twitter.com/rtihhUeUmv
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All the different stories of how impactful Krzyzewski was. His stint with Duke will go down as one of the best that any coach ever had.