Krzyzewski has Bryant’s back

‘He’s easy to coach,’ the Duke legend says of the Lakers’ superstar. The pair has bonded even more while working with the U.S. team.

L.A. Times: On the court, Kobe Bryant has been a ferocious defender for Mike Krzyzewski in the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament. Off the court, Krzyzewski is an equally strong defender of Bryant.

The bond between player and coach was formed when Bryant considered coming to Duke rather than jumping directly from high school to the pros. It was strengthened when Krzyzewski considered leaving Duke to coach the Lakers after Phil Jackson’s departure in 2004.

And it has been sealed now that they are finally united on the U.S. basketball team.

While Bryant has been heavily criticized for his meltdown after the NBA season, when he went back and forth on his desire to remain a Laker, Krzyzewski is sympathetic.

“I would always want guys who would want to win,” Krzyzewski said. “The fact that he’s frustrated because they are not winning at the level he would like, I think that’s a good problem. I’m sure the Lakers will work things out. The thing about Kobe is that every thing he does is so public. It’s the scrutiny placed on an individual who has won three world championships and is considered the best player in the world. That goes with the territory.”

Krzyzewski says he has been there for Bryant behind the scenes.

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  • http://myspace.com/crunklilgangsta LiL_K

    Great article!

  • PHANTOM

    imagine if the lakers would have gotten Krzyzewski!!! they would actually play defense

  • keep24

    if I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times:

    The worst thing to happen to Lakers in the past 4 years was Phil Jackson, not Shaq and NOT Kobe – BUT PHIL JACKSON!!!

    Phil Jackson is the perfect coach for a team that is ready to win a championship and not a team that needs to be coached.

    THE LAKERS NEED TO BE COACHED!!!!!

  • Michael_23

    The problem of last years squad was committing to an 82 game season. Kobe seemed to have that killer mentality throughout the season. It’s difficult for Kobe fighting for another NBA title when other of his team mates don’t have that mentality.

    I wonder if the signging of Karl and Turner be good enough for the Lakers to become an elite team (right now).

    hmmm …

  • rompx

    he will come to LA when phil is gone eithe rhim or larry brown

  • MILO

    Keep24, I totaly agree with you Phil is too old and too passive.There has been plenty of times that he would not even make the most oviously needed changes during the games.One example is taking out a player with foul trouble, when a player is in foul trouble he can’t provide defense so it makes no sense to let them stay on the floor and easily get scored on.I never had the nerve to say anything about Phil but now that you said something it opened the door for me. THANKS

  • MILO

    I would not mind having Krzyzewski replace Phil after next season!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/on3s3qu3nc3 123kid

    [quote comment="12911"]The problem of last years squad was committing to an 82 game season. Kobe seemed to have that killer mentality throughout the season. It’s difficult for Kobe fighting for another NBA title when other of his team mates don’t have that mentality.
    hmmm …[/quote]

    I totally agree with you. we dont have players who are willing to fight through personal problems, injuries, fatigue for all 82 games like kobe. we really dont need superstar teamates, but we need guys who want to win NOW, who are willing to play 82 games with a 110% mindset, and who are just willing to do whatever it takes to win.

    if you look at teams like the spurs and pistons, most of those guys on those teams were never huge stars before they signed with those teams, but they all wanted to win and put in the 24/7 effort to do so.

  • foxxy

    YSE YES YES….WE NEED SOME DIE HARD PLAYERS….TRUE WARRIORS….BALLERS WHO EXCEPT NOTHING LESS THAN A WIN!!!!!DAMN…GIVE US SOME FIGHTERS….TRUE WARRIORS!!!!

  • gugy

    I can’t believe you guys are bashing PJ. Come on, he gave us 3 titles. We had Shaq and Kobe before he arrived and nothing.
    PJ is an amazing coach. I like Krzyzewski too, but even with all the lame players we have I doubt he could do any better.

    Where is JO?

  • Faith

    PJ is not the problem (though some)…it’s the FRONT OFFICE.

    PJ plays crappy players a lot of minutes to show the front office their ineffectiveness and ineptitudes.

    And Coach K will never leave Duke. He’s king there…though no question he’d make a great coach for our young players.

  • BEC

    [quote comment="12914"]Keep24, I totaly agree with you Phil is too old and too passive.There has been plenty of times that he would not even make the most oviously needed changes during the games.One example is taking out a player with foul trouble, when a player is in foul trouble he can’t provide defense so it makes no sense to let them stay on the floor and easily get scored on.I never had the nerve to say anything about Phil but now that you said something it opened the door for me. THANKS[/quote]

    You guys need to understand that the reason why Phil Jackson lets players play and changes arent made during games because it helps players grow and gain experience. He does this a lot. Thats why he doesnt call a lot of timeouts when teams go on big runs, foul trouble situations, line-up changes, and so on. Its regular season play and hes preparing players for the post-season, theres a slight difference in the way he coaches in the post-season, and his success in the post-season speaks for itself. This is a man who has WON 9 NBA titles and has the highest win percentage in NBA history. MJ didnt win until Phil came and Shaq and Kobe never won until Phil came. Theres no need to question his coaching abilities. He knows what he his doing.

  • http://www.getgarnett.com Fred A.

    Final

    Hello I am Fred A. I love the Lakers. I am big lakers fan.
    My Roster:
    PG: Fisher/Critt/Karl
    SG: Bryant/Evans/Vujivic
    SF: Odom/Walton/Noel
    PF: JO/Villinueva/Tariaf
    C: Mihm/sign webber/Turner

    From looking at this roster you have a present and a future.
    This will automaticly appease the Kobe and the fans. The present and future of this team is great and that is continuing to build a team around Kobe and JO(A great base).
    This is how its done!!!!!
    Three way trade between Lakers-Bucks-Pacers:

    Bucks:
    Cook
    First Rounders 2008,2009
    Money

    Pacers:
    Bynum
    Radmonivic
    Brown
    Farmer
    First Rounder 2010
    Money

    Lakers:
    JO
    Villuenuva
    Noel

    Do you think I should be GM?

  • JordanT

    [quote comment="12933"]Final

    Hello I am Fred A. I love the Lakers. I am big lakers fan.
    My Roster:
    PG: Fisher/Critt/Karl
    SG: Bryant/Evans/Vujivic
    SF: Odom/Walton/Noel
    PF: JO/Villinueva/Tariaf
    C: Mihm/sign webber/Turner

    From looking at this roster you have a present and a future.
    This will automaticly appease the Kobe and the fans. The present and future of this team is great and that is continuing to build a team around Kobe and JO(A great base).
    This is how its done!!!!!
    Three way trade between Lakers-Bucks-Pacers:

    Bucks:
    Cook
    First Rounders 2008,2009
    Money

    Pacers:
    Bynum
    Radmonivic
    Brown
    Farmer
    First Rounder 2010
    Money

    Lakers:
    JO
    Villuenuva
    Noel

    Do you think I should be GM?[/quote]

    A lot can happen in 3 years, Im would not like to see all those picks given away.

    Also I think this needs to be moved to the proper topic.