The already legendary rivalry between Duke and North Carolina will reach heights on Saturday night. For the first time in their storied history, the two universities are facing each other in an NCAA tournament, and better yet, it’s for a place in the finals. For more historical context, this may be Mike Krzyzewski’s last game. The scene is set, and for Kyrie Irvingthe Blue Devils will be doubly motivated, since they will be driven by a feeling of revenge.
« The legacy of the coach is not necessarily at stake, but it’s the way they came to win at Cameron Indoor that left a bitter taste » believes the Nets point guard in reference to the Tar Heels victory for the last of Coach K. at home. “I think there will be a bit of a spirit of revenge. I know the guys are looking forward to this opportunity to buy out Coach K and college, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on them. For them, it’s one more game to really show who they are and how they play. »
“He walks into my house and smiles at everyone. I figure this guy is either crazy or incredibly charming. »
Kyrie Irving’s experience at Duke was brief. Eleven matches, and then that’s it, because of a foot injury. But he remained close to Coach K. whom he met during Team USA rallies.
“When he first recruited me, when I was 16, 17, I thought this guy was brilliant. But I also thought he was a little crazy in his way of approaching things, and his method of convincing us. remembers Kyrie Irving. “At the time, I was just a selfish little boy from St. Patrick’s High School in Elizabeth, NJ. He walks into my house and smiles at everyone. I tell myself that this guy is either crazy or incredibly charming. He is both. That’s what I needed from a trainer to get the best out of myself. »
That’s why he never forgot him, and why he owes him a lot. “His legend will live on… Since he’s been in basketball, he’s touched so many lives. I’m just grateful to be one of the players he influenced. He is more than a coach for me and for many others. »