Posted: 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
One of the traits we’ve come to know in Mike Krzyzewski is a remarkably strong will. He probably wasn’t the easiest kid in the world, come to think of it, because strong-willed kids call for a different sort of approach and not everyone can handle it, although his mom evidently was capable. But we digress.
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Because his will has been so indomitable, it’s surprising to see him admit that it wavers at times. And so it did in 2011-12, when Duke struggled to 27-7 (for most teams, struggling to 27 wins is like having trouble eating at a 5-star restaurant, but there you go).
He came close to retiring, as you may have heard, before deciding that it wasn’t time. Duke and the Olympic team were the beneficiaries.
As we learned with Dean Smith, but shouldn’t have had to, there is a relatively normal man behind the myth, subject to the same frailties and weaknesses the rest of us are. Sports can obscure the man, as it to an extent did at Chapel Hill and Penn State, but seeing the reality is often a welcome break from myth and myth-making.