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August 13, 2008
by Ryan Hudson
This may come as a shock to you, but Coach K might not be the nicest guy in the world. Amazing, right?
In the press conference following America's win over China, 101-70, a reporter asked Krzyzewski, the head coach of the 'Redeem Team,' if maybe all the dunks by the U.S. was a bit much, implying that the Americans were showing off.
“There was no showing off,” he said with an edge in his voice. “You dunk when you have to dunk. They have 7-footers. If you don’t take it hard, Yao would block it. He did block one. … I don’t know your definition of showing off, to me that’s hard basketball. I thought we played very hard. I thought we took it to the basket hard. Don’t confuse hard with showing off.”
He then glared at the person who asked the question, a reporter with an accent. And he said: “Maybe it’s a difference in our languages. Maybe in your language playing hard means showing off.”
Way to work on those foreign relations and help that arrogant American attitude, Coach K.