Mike Krzyzewski was not the happiest guy around after hearing what Bo Ryan had to say about his style of coaching. The great Wisconsin coach referred to Coach K’s ‘one and done’ players, as most people call them, simply as rented players.
Coach Bo Ryan was surely feeling a lot of emotions following Wisconsin’s tragic loss to the Duke Blue Devils in a hard fought game, and may have let his words get the best of him after the game.
He said, “We don’t do rent-a-player,” which was a clear jab at Coach K who builds his team around talented freshmen who tend to leave the school after one year. This season, for example, the Blue Devils had a starting lineup consisting of 3 freshmen, with Quinn Cook as the notable starter who has stuck around in the hopes that he could win a national championship with the legendary Coach K.
Of course, Bo Ryan and Coach K are two of the best coaches around, and Ryan also had high praises for the Duke coach months ago when they hosted Duke in Madison.
In a follow-up statement, Mike Krzyzewski said, “The line ‘rent-a-player’ is not a good line because — use ‘one-and-done’ – ‘rent’ could mean you’re doing something illegal. There is a better choice of words for that. If you say, you don’t do the one-and-done in your program, that’s your right. But understand that everybody does it differently. There is more than one way to run a business, and just appreciate the expertise of all the people doing it in these ways.”
Of course, Wisconsin was able to beat Kentucky on Saturday, a team under Coach John Calipari, that is most known for one and done players who have gone on to have great success in the NBA such as John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins. It certainly makes fans wonder whether he would have made a similar comment if they lost that game that they everyone was predicting Kentucky to win.
Coach K received a special congrats from NBA stars Lebron, Kobe and Carmelo Anthony following Duke’s win on Monday. With a number of lead changes throughout the game, it will certainly go down as one of the greatest national championships of all time.
Whether he is liked by the fans or not, Mike Krzyzewski is obviously one of the best coaches in the history of the sport and just earned Duke their 5th national championship.