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January 23, 2014

Years later, Mike Krzyzewski gets a mulligan about coaching Stephen Curry

It was funny and classy Thursday morning when Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he blew it a few years ago, not recognizing Stephen Curry’s huge potential coming out of high school.

            “If I was smart I would have (coached) Stephen a long time ago,” Krzyzewski said during a Team USA media conference call.

            As expected, Curry – the former Davidson and Charlotte Christian star – was named to the pool of 28 NBA players under consideration to play in the next World Cup and Olympics in men’s basketball.

            While Krzyzewski missed out on Stephen Curry, now point guard for the Golden State Warriors and a likely starter in next month’s All-Star Game, he coached younger brother Seth for three seasons after Seth transferred from Liberty.

            I asked Krzyzewski how Stephen Curry’s skill set translates to the international game. He said a big plus is Steph’s ability to play either point guard or shooting guard. Krzyzewski has always valued versatility; for instance, he loved that LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony could play all over the frontcourt on the last Olympic team.

            Then Krzyzewski added the following: “He’s definitely not afraid.”

Translation: Steph has never backed away from taking big shots in big moments. That’s the personality type you want if a gold medal is at stake.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 23, 2014 at 12:13 PM | Permalink


how about the bobcats not only having plenty of opportunities to trade for stephen when he was having all kinds of ankle issues before coming back and earning that extension........

not only that.......

but not giving seth curry a go.....even when walker goes down and we have nothing to play for but a meaningless 8 seed that we probably won't land in spite of our short sighted attempts at it.

the kid is averaging 22 and 7.5 in the d-league.

what do we gain by playing pargo? vs. giving young curry a whirl? doesn't work out, what did we lose? but if he works out elsewhere?

i mean we'll always have cory higgins to fall back on, right?

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 23, 2014 1:02:44 PM

Love to see Seth Curry with the Bobcats...

Posted by: WhoGotGame??? | Jan 23, 2014 1:46:34 PM

Seth Curry will be the best shooter on the team...period.

Posted by: WhoGotGame??? | Jan 23, 2014 1:49:56 PM

Would love to see Seth Curry a Bobcat (Hornet). I do not think Steph would leave Golden State nor would they let him leave! But it would be great to have Seth and Dell would get to see his son play every game! The Curry family, in my humble opinion, is a role model. The Curry men make basketball look so easy that their talent is under rated. They are great players.

Posted by: annnort | Jan 23, 2014 5:31:27 PM

Hate to break it to the person above lamenting not trading for Steph when he was having ankle issues, but he was not the least bit available at the time. The Warriors never shopped Curry and made it quite clear that he was untouchable. You might possibly have gotten Monta or Lee, but never Curry, no matter what his ankle status was at the time.

Posted by: gw | Jan 25, 2014 8:55:40 PM

you must not have read any of the recent comments by myers talking about how difficult a decision it was about extending or not extending. after the 2nd ankle injury he was absolutely available. last season is what made him untouchable.

the guy played 26 games in 11-12. there was a price. now? eff no, they got him to sign the cheapest extension for a bonafied superstar imaginable. he was eligible for another 8-10 million or something.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 29, 2014 9:29:40 AM

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