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Coach K: The Rise and Reign of Mike Krzyzewski Kindle Edition
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Mike Krzyzewski, known worldwide as “Coach K,” is a five-time national champion at Duke, the NCAA's all-time leader in victories with nearly 1,200, and the first man to lead Team USA to three Olympic basketball gold medals. Through unprecedented access to Krzyzewski’s best friends, closest advisers, fiercest adversaries, and generations of his players and assistants, three-time New York Times bestselling author Ian O’Connor takes you behind the Blue Devil curtain with a penetrating examination of the great, but flawed leader as he closes out his iconic career.
Krzyzewski built a staggering basketball empire that has endured for more than four decades, placing him among the all-time titans of American sport, and yet there has never been a defining portrait of the coach and his program. Until now. O’Connor uses scores of interviews with those who know Krzyzewski best to deliver previously untold stories about the relationships that define the venerable Coach K, including the one with his volcanic mentor, Bob Knight, that died a premature death. Krzyzewski was always driven by an inner rage fueled by his tough Chicago upbringing, and by the blue-collar Polish-American parents who raised him to fight for a better life. As the retiring Coach K makes his final stand, vying for one more ring during the 2021-2022 season before saying goodbye at age 75, O’Connor shows you sides of the man and his methods that will surprise even the most dedicated Duke fan.
Ian O'Connor's Coach K is a breathtaking deep dive into a modern-day basketball legend, delivered with dogged reporting and eye-opening insights. Though Mike Krzyzewski is done with his whistle and clipboard, O'Connor makes certain his aura will forever loom.-- "Jeff Pearlman, six-time New York Times bestselling author"
In many ways, Ian O'Connor's work is like Mike Krzyzewski himself: unrelenting, contemplative, purposeful. You not only learn about the coach and the man in this book, but more important, you understand him. No small feat.-- "Gene Wojciechowski, New York Times bestselling author" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Ian O’Connor is an award-winning columnist who has written four previous books including The New York Times bestsellers Belichick, The Captain, and Arnie & Jack. He has finished in first place in 18 national writing contests, including those conducted by the Pro Football Writers of America, Golf Writers Association of America, and Associated Press Sports Editors. He is a sports columnist at The New York Post, and former columnist for ESPN.com, USA Today, and The New York Daily News. Twitter: @Ian_OConnor--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B08NWSWK19
- Publisher : Mariner Books (February 22, 2022)
- Publication date : February 22, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 17458 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 384 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0358578884
- Best Sellers Rank: #255,006 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I was worried that the writer would just fawn over the coach while ignoring some of his darker aspects. That's not really the case. The book makes it clear that the coach is an immensely talented person with a gift for working with people and inspiring them. But it also doesn't avoid some of the problematic aspects of his history -- the pettiness, the arrogance the blind eye toward cheating. All of it is in here.
The only part of the book that annoyed me is that, too many times, the writer tried to create moments that read like they were out of a movie. Basically, something like this, "Coach K told his kids, 'We're going to win this game. You hear me? We're going to win it.' They then proceeded to go out and win 78-76." Ok, that's all well and good, but how many times did Coach K tell all his kids they were "going to win it" -- only to then go out and lose. The guy's a terrific coach, but he's not a clairvoyant or Gene Hackman from "Hoosiers."
Honestly, though, that's an irritating but small quibble. Overall, good book.