Chris Baldwin rips Duke basketball's Coach K, but what does he know about class?
Chris Baldwin is at it again, this time doing his tabloid/hit-mongering thing ripping Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. He?s attempting (I guess?) to defend Phil Mickelson?s character flaws by saying that at least Phil is better than Coach K.
Among the many interesting comments from Baldwin, here are a few gems:
? K is a control freak who berates his players, officials, reporters and anyone else who gets in his way
? K is a phony because he claims to be an educator
? Because K runs an ?arrogant? program, it?s okay for fans of opposing schools to hate JJ Redick, a Duke player on this year?s team
? According to third hand reports, K won?t meet with reporters in person unless he thinks they ?kissed his butt? regularly
Well, let me begin by explaining my credentials for disputing what Chris Baldwin has to say. I know Coach K personally. I have known him for many years. I?ve had dinner with him, his wife and three daughters, his sons-in-law and his grandkids. I?ve had the opportunity to speak with him about basketball, about education, about charity and altruism, and about his critics. I?m guessing I?ve had a more in-depth look at who he is and how he handles himself in both a public and a private setting than Chris Baldwin does.
Here?s what I know about Coach K: He runs one of the cleanest programs in the country, graduates his players, wins games, and has done this all consistently for the last 25 years. But apparently none of that matters to Chris.
Here?s what I know about Coach K that many people, including Chris Baldwin, would know if they bothered to do a little research:
? Coach K?s players, the ones he constantly berates according to Chris, feel that they are his sons, almost without exception. They continue to have a relationship with Coach K after graduation that is best described as familial.
? Coach K, despite having more than the usual demands on his time that any head coach faces, spends his free time during the season and off-season working with numerous charities, including the Duke Children?s Hospital, the V Foundation for cancer research, and the Emily Krzyzewski center in downtown Durham which he founded to help underprivileged kids in Duke?s home city.
? Coach K works with Duke?s Fuqua School of Business regularly, including co-founding the Center on Leadership and Ethics, which, among other activities, brings top business leaders from across the country together once a year to discuss ethics in business and among business executives. He holds a part-time faculty position at the school. If that?s not an educator, I don?t know what is.
? Coach K believes that, despite any accolades he has won, it?s HIS honor to be associated with an institution like Duke. His actions and words are well matched. Were he interested in money and fame, he would be $40 million richer today and a Hollywood insider as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Instead, he chose to remain at Duke.
The only thing Baldwin mentions in his blog that resembles reality is that Coach K curses. Yes, I can attest that he does curse.
I wonder what comes out of Chris Baldwin?s mouth every time he duffs a shot. Playing a round with him might be like sitting behind the Duke bench for a game (which I’ve done too, Chris). And I guess then I would know all I need to know about Chris Baldwin. Because I would have ?met? him.
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Torn, I don't see anyone calling him a saint. I see Jen saying Baldwin is off-base saying he "knows" Coach K, that the Phil comparison is ludicrous, and that Coach K does a lot of positive things that Baldwin chooses to ignore.
As for your points, "he looks like a rat." Wonderful comment. Needs no further discussion. Baldwin-esque.
He "cries and whines...like every other coach." Is this a condemnation of all coaches? Let's do away with them all!
And he has a "God complex." So too does your future heart surgeon, or at least you better hope he does. So is your heart surgeon a bad guy? I have no idea if this guy has a God complex, but I do fail to see how this equates him to a poor sport or an evil person. Or Phil Mickleson, for that matter.
As Bangkok Al wrote in his blog, Lefty isn't such a bad guy. Jen is pointing out the same about Coach K. What's most interesting is that Baldwin just loves to go negative, on Wie, on Coach K, on Phoenix-Scottsdale locals, on Barry Bonds, etc. He is a bad person. He revels in negativity and darkness. He spreads this darkness through his blog.
In short, I think Chris Baldwin is evil. But what do I know? I have never met him...
But back to the reason I'm writing. Jennifer Mario, you, you ... you know my name? Nothing could make a man's heart beat faster.
Blogged you back.
Does this mean we're like two fifth graders with a secret crush on each other who fight by the big tree on the school playground to hide it even from each other?
I know there a lot of complications in both of our lives that make it crazy, but Ron Mon would surely volunteer to perform a simple, touching civil ceremony.
If you needed a Duke-like real world clueless professor presence, Kiel Christianson could show. He'd bring an obscure, but nice gift.
And who's more grandfatherly than Tim McDonald?
This really could work.
As for posters attacking each other, or bloggers attacking each other, well, it's easier than actually discussing the topic. Ron Mon put it nicely - what does that say about us, if all we do is hammer each other instead of discuss the topic?
But discussing the topic doesn't make for "amazing theater" I guess. Then again, this topic has always had, at best, a tenuous connection to golf to begin with...and that connection is long since past. No, this is simply a ploy to take advantage of March Madness and the attention it receives to drive traffic to a site that has nothing to do with basketball.
He makes some other good points, too: his players do make lousy pros. But, that could also be considered a compliment: how does he come up with all these great teams if few of his players have NBA talent?
99 percent of college coaches cry and whine when they don't get calls. They're just playing the refs.
Same thing with cursing. Has any male -- or maybe female -- out there who played sports at least through high school had a coach who didn't cuss like a sailor? I never did. Doesn't bother me.
As for the God complex, there could be some truth in that, too. I have no doubt Coach K does a lot of great things, but his supporters talk about him like Jim Jones' followers must have. They get all crazy-eyed like cult members. This, combined with his goody-goody ways are often off-putting.
I suspect the truth is somewhere in between, as Tom says.
As for Chris Baldwin, Coach K may be the only one to have the power to do something about Baldwin spreading evil in this world of shadow and darkness.
Ron Mon: It doesn't bother me that Torn spells "neurosurgeon" with a capital "N." My point was that to spell it AT ALL he needed to look it up, and while he was at it . . . . Well, you get the picture.
I would bring a nice gift, though. And I'd wear a tweed tux with elbow patches.
Lousy pros? Don't you all think you could maybe update your insulting stereotyping? Sure, Duke has produced numerous mediocre pros (i.e., Laettner, Parks, Langdon, etc.), but what about Grant Hill? Further, since 1999, Duke has produced excellent pros: remember Elton Brand, Corey Maggette, Jay Williams (pre-accident), Luol Deng, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Boozer, Shane Battier, Dahntay Jones, Chris Duhon, and the almost-Dukie, Shaun Livingston. With the exception of Hill (for a few years, pre-injury) and (currently) Elton Brand, none of these guys are true superstars (yet), but "lousy"? That tag may have worked in the '80's and early '90's, but no knowledgeable (and objective) sports fan could believe that now.
Lastly, why is this topic even up for discussion? What does a coach in the NCAA have to do to impress some of you? Cussing? OHMYGOODNESS! I also love the fact that many people cling to the "berate" principle: K berates players, he berates officials...what? If you mean "yells at" or "screams at" or "argues with"...sure. What's the point? All do this. In fact, Herb Sendek (coach at NC State) is consistently criticized for NOT doing enough of this during a game...looking expression-less or lacking in passion. But, no one that actually states this seems to follow up any of these silly assertions with facts - names of officials or players (or, hell, anyone) that corroborates these insults. Typical.
Why can't we agree that the man is a good coach, does good things, and is one of the most respected individuals in his profession. He is not a saint. He is not "God" (and I seriously doubt he thinks he is). He makes mistakes. But tearing a man down for his appearance, his lack of "stars" at the NEXT level is simply lazy hatred.
Anyone who defends K as "classy" is working on the margins of that word's definition. It is not classy to berate officials and players while referring to Duke as "my program." It's egomania. I'm sure the man is nice in person, but the message he sends to kids is that being a total jerk is okay so long as you win.
In light of your comment -- "I'm going to bed happy to shut the yap of another smug, nerdy Duke fan" -- you may want to check out an article from the Chicago Tribune, "Why We Hate Duke" (http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/chi-0603150379mar16,1,4639137.story?coll=chi-sportsnew-hed), which includes the following quote:
"Yankee hatred is a good model for Duke hatred," Blythe says. "There's a sense of entitlement, a sense of, `We deserve to win.' You can say, `Well, it's just sports.' But it takes up issues of class and privilege, of rightness and wrongness. Duke hatred allows a great outlet for class hatred."
Just try to get by it, okay?
You know, if John Wooden were coaching today and was as succussful as he had been in the late 60s/early 70s, I think you'd be calling him sanctimonious, too.
And how do you feel about Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Berkeley, or any of the other smug nerdy schools? Something tells me the smug nerds there don't bother you as much. You and all the other UConn fans hate Duke for one reason only: you're jealous. Duke's beaten you one too many times at the buzzer.
Congratulations, you know someone famous.
Look at Shanks comment right above yours. See, that's on-point. He establishes his credibility to support Coach K by making it clear he is a Terp fan. (If you don't know why that gives him credibility, then you shouldn't bother posting to this non-golf, college basketball centric blog in the first place.) Or perhaps that's just Shanks "name-dropping" his University affiliation and "stroking his ego" over being a fan of a college team that has won a recent national title.
Ah, why bother. Your posts are as nasty and useless as when Wie is discussed, and you don't even bother to try and couch your curmudgeonly spirit inside a reply that addresses the topic.
A brutal end to a great season for the Huskies - that was a team that Husky Nation had really attached to. Probably Calhoun's first legit NCAA run, though I don't know his full history from Northeastern and earlier UCONN years well enough.
Anyway, yes, UCONN did lose to Duke on a buzzer beater by Laettner. UCONN also lost to Duke another year in the tourney prior to the 1999 meeting, I believe, but I can't remember when. Was not a buzzer beater though. Would have to check the NCAA records for that.
As for UCONN rolling to a title - they sure should have. Perhaps Calhoun and K need to swap teams. Calhoun can teach some fundamentals to Duke's team, and K can teach UCONN how to compete with heart or emotion. The field was clear for this Husky team to take home the third title. They really dogged it...no pun intended.
Point taken, Liam, but the issue in this blog was not Duke or Duke lacrosse, it was Coach K. Meantime, as far as Duke is concerned - they have fired the coach of the team (I hear Kansas State is looking for a top lacrosse coach), suspended the student who wrote the email pending a formal review to see if he gets kicked out completely, and cancelled the potential national championship season for the lacrosse team. Not sure what else Duke should do in this situation.
The individuals involved, or possibly involved I should say, are classless in the extreme. But at least Duke is making it clear they won't tolerate individuals with a known involvement in this kind of activity...unlike Fresno State or Cincinatti or UNLV basketball programs, who kept players with clear moral and ethical problems eligible at their school just to play the game. Or more recently UConn with Marcus Williams, for that matter.
But no matter how you look at it, this situation is a big bruise on the Duke resume...
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