Scheyer: Coach K truly retired, giving him ‘space’
DURHAM, N.C. — As Duke As the men’s basketball players prepared for a recent practice, one man’s absence was notable.
Mike Krzyzewski was not on the sideline.
Despite still having an office on campus, Krzyzewski has not been around since the retirement of Jon Scheer, his former assistant and a former star player who helped the team win the national title in 2010. Preparing to start a new chapter for the program.
Since retiring in April after her team reached the Final Four, Krzyzewski has been spotted at a few places in the area: a women’s volleyball game and on her favorite walking path near campus — but Duke’s practice. Not at his facility or even in his office. building.
After Krzyzewski announced his decision to retire before the start of last season, some wondered if Duke’s program’s longtime leader and all-time winningest coach would actually retire. It seems he has.
“He hasn’t really been around much,” the star guard Jeremy Roach told ESPN. “He’s doing his own thing. I’m happy for him. I’m sure he’s probably celebrating, taking vacations and doing whatever he needs to do.”
Scheer said Krzyzewski’s absence is evidence he has confidence in the 35-year-old, who will lead the program in its first season without a “coach” since 1980. Build the team your way.
“I have to go and find him,” Scheer told ESPN. “He wanted to give me so much space, maybe to a fault, because he understands who he is. Change is hard for everyone. But he and I are locked in sync. I follow my instincts. I’m going, but I’m going to bounce his stuff, too. … He’s probably gone for a workout in the summer. And by the way, he’s welcome in any of them. And I’d like him to, but he’s very More honorable and very good. This.”