Duke basketball: Mike Krzyzewski lands visit with ‘America’s Point Guard’

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM) /

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski wrapped up another season of his Sirius XM Radio show ‘Basketball and Beyond with Coach K’ with perhaps his most important guest.

The United States of America, and the world at large, is struggling to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A large majority of states have issued ‘Stay At Home’ warnings and have tuned into the daily press conferences at the White House, largely to listen to the words of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984.

In a press release from the Duke Men’s Basketball team, Dr. Fauci received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Duke University in 1995.

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Dr. Fauci has made his way on to many television and radio shows in the past few weeks, and on Thursday, he joined Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski for his final episode this season of ‘Basketball and Beyond with Coach K’ on Sirius XM.

The two American heroes, in their own right, talked about how the public can prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and which precautions people should take in order to keep themselves and their families safe.

The public can listen to the excellent and highly informative interview here.

The interview can also be heard on ESPNU Radio on Sirius XM and On Demand via the Sirius XM website.

While the coronavirus was the overarching topic of the conversion, both men related the discussion to basketball as Dr. Fauci was a captain and point guard of his high school basketball team, Regis High School, in New York City in 1958.

Krzyzewski called Dr. Fauci “America’s Point Guard” and thanked him for a lifetime of service to the United States of America, and he told him that he’s been a point guard for his entire life.

Dr. Fauci relayed the same sentiments to Krzyzewski, who served in the United States Army for five years.

In terms of COVID-19, Dr. Fauci said that we are “not even at halftime” and that we need to implement a “full-court press” so we can “come out blazing in the second half.”

COVID-19 has caused the cancellation and suspension of several of America’s iconic sporting events, including the NCAA Basketball Tournaments as well as the other winter and spring championships.

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The Hall of Famer put on his coaching hat and gave Dr. Fauci a scouting report of his own, calling him “the most instinctive person in the country” who has “the courage to tell the truth at the moment it needs to be said.”

As America tries to survive this unprecedented virus, the public needs to take the advice of the health and government officials who are trying to flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.