Forgot to mention the article in the LA Times a few days ago about Coach K and his ability to communicate and, more importantly, motivate a U.S. Olympic team that's stocked with superstars.
According to Jerry Colangelo, who along with Coach K helped put the team together, Krzyzewski "has the ability to use the right words to get his message across and whatever it might be, it's uplifting. He can use the right phrases . . . to make his point and guys follow."
Kobe Bryant said Krzyzewski communicates "beautifully to his players."
And Rudy Tomjanovich, who coached the Americans to the Gold Medal in 2000 and now serves as USA Basketball's director of scouting, said: "There's an intensity there and the players have picked it up."
While on the subject of Coach K, you may have read the USA Today article yesterday of what he did at the team's first practice. To set the tone for the run for the Gold, he gathered the team around a large flat-screen TV and showed a video of Marvin Gaye's moving rendition of the National Anthem at the 1983 NBA All-Star game.
According to the article, some of the players had never seen the clip.
It's a great of example of a coach looking for interesting, simple ways to push his message through the clutter in a way that players find relevant and memorable. And it's one reason Coach K has been so successful.