Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/15/13
Coach Mike Krzyzewski is coaching Team USA through 2016 after saying he wouldn’t return after the last Olympics.  This can be a good thing for Duke basketball going forward or it could cost them some deep tournament runs.  He has the most wins in division one basketball history, so hopefully this doesn’t hurt the Blue Devils the next four years. This will be the third Olympics for coach K and he has done well previously balancing the two jobs.  While coaching Team USA the last eight years, he won a National Championship in 2010.  This can have immense benefits for Duke in the long run because it has brought his enthusiasm back to the game.  It has probably extended his coaching career in the long run, and made sure that he stayed in the college game for the rest of his career. This has been an overall beneficial experience for Duke and its fans because it made him have new experiences and worked with different coaches.  It has also made him try new things at times when the team needed them such as a 2-3 defense.  Overall, this has been a good thing for Duke fans and their players that Coach K had the opportunity to do this, but it does take time away from the team.  The benefits of Coach K coaching Team USA through 2016 is that recruits seem to like that he coaches NBA players.  It shows that he can coach at a high level and that he understands the NBA game to get the players ready for when they enter the draft.  This should make a great impact on high school athletes.  The best thing he might get out of this is that high school players see that NBA players like to play for Coach K, which should help him in recruiting also.  It should show an abundant amount that a player like Chris Paul is thinking about playing in the 2016 Olympics just because of Coach K.  All of this as high school players are trying to make their decisions of which college to attend should stand out quite a bit to them. Even with Coach K coaching Team USA should help in recruiting, it also could hurt in the next few years.  The reasons it could hurt is because of the time he has to put in to coaching Duke and team USA, this could convince them that they won’t get the attention to make them a great player and it could lose Duke some of the top recruits.  This could be a concern with some of the recruits that could be a one and done. The other reason it could be a bad thing going forward is the amount of time he has to put in with Team USA, this could put the team at risk of a game with less effort when they need it most from their coach.  He isn’t getting any younger no one knows how long he has left in his coaching career and every Duke fan wants another championship before he retires. Overall, this should benefit Duke and show recruits that Duke is the right place, because you do get to learn from one of the greatest coaches of all time.  As long as he doesn’t tire out from coaching, Duke should see this benefit them going forward and see another National Championship.

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