Krzyzewski's broadcasting future, advice for HBO and more
Being on the air does not faze Krzyzewski; his guests that day did. On his left sat broadcaster
"Steven Van Zandt. Allen Schwartz. And Bob Edwards," Krzyzewski sighed. "It felt like I was back on the Olympic team again. But that's a good thing, to get out of your comfort zone."
Krzyzewski will be 65 at the conclusion of the 2012 London Games, where he will presumably lead the U.S. men's basketball team deep into the tournament. How much interest does he have in broadcasting following his coaching career?
"I would like to do radio," Krzyzewski said. "I don't see myself being courtside at a game. If I am courtside, I might as well still be coaching. I don't know about broadcasting full time, but I love doing this show, and I would always want to do this. I think radio can be a lot more genuine and you're not restricted by time. You can really get in-depth. I think if I did TV, I would really want to do more of a studio thing where you get a chance to talk about stuff."
Last week was one of the few times Krzyzewski did his show without
If Krzyzewski decides to pursue radio or television in the future, he will not lack for suitors. "There would be interest [from us]," said ESPN senior coordinating producer
Krzyzewski is by no means a polished radio host, but he was prepared, and engaged his guests with questions that led to an interesting conversation. Edwards and Schwartz discussed the elimination of the middle class and the erosion of trade unions, among other subjects, and Krzyzewski allowed his guests to carry the discussion. His segment with Van Zandt was a standard Q&A, peppered with plenty of praise for Springsteen.
Krzyzewski showed touches of humor, from his take on the newest iPhone ("They have directions even a Polish coach can follow") to wanting to meet
Krzyzewski will decide next month whether to extend his Olympic service. His body language made one think he'd go for it. "I feel younger now and better about coaching than when I took the job," he said.
Krzyzewski said he does not listen to local sports-talk radio, opting instead for Springsteen and Motown while driving his Escalade around Durham. Asked about former coaches he enjoys watching on television, he chooses
"In the National Football League, you're only judged on wins and losses, so my tenure was not good. I mean, it was very poor. And so it's been said, you learn a lot from failures, and I learned a ton. So I can bring that to the table. I view my experience in Detroit as a positive, not in terms of winning and losing but having gone through it. I think that can help in a telecast."
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