Duke basketball: Mike Krzyzewski continues to gush over Zion Williamson

Duke basketball freshman Zion Williamson and head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Duke basketball freshman Zion Williamson and head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski continues to praise his former National Player of the Year Zion Williamson one year after the forward has left Durham.

In the eyes of the national media, Mike Krzyzewski is the college coach of Zion Williamson.

However, with so much downtime in the world, Krzyzewski was able to open up in a candid interview that covered an entire barrage of topics, including his most recent No. 1 overall pick.

The Hall of Fame coach joined Colin Cowherd‘s radio show, The Herd, on Thursday, prior to talking with the North Carolina Nurses Association, in which Krzyzewski recognized the real heroes of the world.

Krzyzewski lauded Williamson’s personality and willingness to be coached as the main reasons why he will be extremely successful in the NBA.

Cowherd also brought up Duke’s potential of Michael Jordan, which Coach K quickly shut down and then mentioned that the North Carolina star and Len Bias of Maryland were the best opponents he’s ever coached against.

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In the interview, Krzyzewski said that Christian Laettner was the best player and best winner that he’s ever coached at Duke and has to be considered as one of the best players in the history of college basketball.

The topic of Mike Krzyzewski leaving Duke for the NBA was also brought up, but the Hall of Famer said that he probably would have left Durham for The Association had he accomplished success at Duke he has seen over the last three decades.

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Krzyzewski talked to the Boston Celtics after the 1990 season but opted to return to Duke and won the National Championship in 1991 and 1992.

That was then followed by a chance to be the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004, but he turned that down and was then named the head coach of Team USA.

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Prior to wrapping up the near half-hour conversation, Coach K reiterated the point he’s made many times about a void in a sole leader of college basketball and how the coaches should be looking after the athlete instead of themselves and the program.