NYPost- “Today, I spoke with Oregon head coach Dana Altman and apologized to him for my remarks to Dillon Brooks following our game,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “It is not my place to talk to another team’s player, and doing so took the focus away from the terrific game that Dillon played.”
Right after the game, the Duke coach angrily denied he had lectured Brooks about showboating during the post-game handshake. When he was told by a reporter who had just spoken to Brooks in the Ducks locker room that Brooks said Krzyzewski told him he was “too good of a player to be showing off in the end,” the Duke coach grew flustered.
“In the postgame press conference, I reacted incorrectly to a reporter’s question about my comment to Dillon,” Krzyzewski said.
Now Samuel L. does deserve credit for one thing and that is holding old white men in positions of power accountable for the things that come out of their mouth. There's definitely not enough people doing that these days. So I like what he's doing in theory, but his execution could use some work.
If I were going to start somewhere I probably wouldn't choose the old white guy that has the most clout with the young urban community. Far too many old white dudes talking out of their ass to choose the one that's helped hundreds of kids achieve their dream of playing professional basketball. Especially when all he did was give some constructive criticism to a young, up and coming player. Not saying he had perfect timing, but I have been "dogged" a few times in my life and it's never started out with "you're too good of a player to (insert universally frowned upon decision here)". I would have to check Urban Dictionary, but I don't think the act of "dogging" is supposed to be complimentary. Granted, I am combative by nature, but I have never responded to a "dogging" by immediately apologizing. Something tells me Dillon Brooks reaction tells you all you need to know about this situation, and that is that he already knew he was in the wrong.
Did Coach K lie? Sure, he lied. Do I care? Not even a little bit. That lie was so white that it made Marshall Plumlee look like he got some color. Honestly, the only thing that's worse than Coach K lying about pseudo-scolding a player is his decision to give in and apologize for doing absolutely nothing wrong. When people start apologizing every time one person doesn't like what they have to say then apologies become "half assed" and meaningless. So maybe Samuel L. Jackson can stop acting like Coach K deserves to die and hoping he burns in hell, because he has enough of a track record to tell a kid on an opposing team the proper way to conduct themselves on a basketball court. I love Samuel L. Jackson when he's casually bickering with Charles Barkley and Spike during a March Madness road trip, but how about we leave the actual basketball to the people that have made a name for themselves in the sport. I guess what I am trying to say is yes - it's all good.