Even with the transition to Jon Scheyer already in place — with no drop-off on the recruiting path up to now — there are nonetheless so many unanswered questions on what Duke goes to appear like after Mike Krzyzewski is no longer on the bench.
Krzyzewski will face lots of these questions Tuesday at ACC Tipoff in Charlotte, the league’s annual media extravaganza, however he already is aware of no less than a part of the reply to one of many least essential and most compelling, if not the remainder.
The place will he watch Duke play when he’s not the coach?
“Not in Cameron,” Krzyzewski instructed the Information & Observer. “I do know I’m not going to be in Cameron.”
It’s, to make use of a phrase of some disrepute, a identified unknown.
Since Krzyzewski is protecting his workplace that overlooks Cameron Indoor Stadium — and many of the Duke campus — he might doubtlessly watch video games there, on the not often used tv hidden inside an armoire going through his desk. Or maybe in a convention room nearer to the court docket, the place he may very well be out there to Scheyer and his workers as wanted. That has but to be settled.
However Krzyzewski has dominated out extra seen choices. His spouse and daughters have sat in seats in Cameron’s higher ring for a few years, above the scorer’s desk and throughout the court docket from Duke’s president. Krzyzewski gained’t be part of them there, among the many followers. Safety can be a nightmare, amongst different points.
Nor does Cameron have any luxurious suites the place Krzyzewski might doubtlessly watch the video games stay however be secluded and considerably hidden from view. Duke mentioned constructing some form of field within the nook of the world behind the visiting bench, however dominated it out.
Krzyzewski additionally declined a facetious invitation to affix Duke’s managers and germophobe writers uninterested in the Cameron press-row expertise within the auxiliary media space that now sits excessive among the many girders within the nook above the Duke bench.
“I’m OK,” Krzyzewski stated.
There’s lots to joke about right here, however in some methods it’s an apt allegory for the brand new period Duke is getting into.
Krzyzewski will nonetheless be round, watching, overseeing, advising. However he additionally understands the crucial that Scheyer have the ability to chart his personal course, how delicate the stability really will likely be between mentor and mentee, legend and successor.
The place Krzyzewski is bodily situated when Duke performs on with out him in all probability has the least tangible influence of any of the elements concerned, however as a lot symbolic significance as any, simply as Krzyzewski protecting the pinnacle coach’s workplace after he’s not the pinnacle coach sends a transparent message that his job could also be altering however his affect won’t.
“It’s attention-grabbing. You need to have the ability to assist however you don’t need to be a distraction,” Krzyzewski stated. “Jon and I and the fellows, we’ve a tremendous relationship so it’s not like they’re frightened about me getting of their area or no matter. …
“However I’ll watch each sport. I don’t assume I might go to a sport on the highway. Undoubtedly not in convention. However possibly in the event that they’re like in (Madison Sq.) Backyard, the place you may go someplace, one thing like that. I’ll be there to assist, I’ll be there to help, however to not intervene. And going to a sport can be interference.”
Even when there’s no demand for a call proper now, it’s nonetheless one in all many variables in a transition that’s in some methods unprecedented, one thing that calls for thought and consideration. If not transforming.