As Mike Krzyzewski starts his
final latest season at Duke, it’s worth asking what made his longevity possible.
You could probably put it down to a few things but near the top of the list you almost have to put his intensely competitive nature and his ability to communicate to people.
This is something the man does at an unusually high level. We’ve heard him speak and the things he says resonate for days.
It’s easy to imagine that what he says resonates with his teams, too.
Take these comments from 2017 where he starts to lay out what Duke’s standards are to his young team.
He talks about how lucky they all are to be where they are and what a special place Duke is. By the time he finishes, you understand, partly anyway, what it feels like to have someone like this behind you.
That said, you’re getting a warm and fuzzy here, not the guy who brings the fire. But when that guy comes out, you’ve already heard the warm and fuzzy stuff and odds are you’ll hear it again.