While Grant Hill was busy missing the point and the internet was on fire after hearing Jimmy King call Christian Laettner a b*#@h, Duke and Mike Krzyzewski were mum. Probably because they were still busy with games that were being played in 2011 and not 1991.
Well, now that the Dukies aren’t very busy anymore, Mike Krzyzewski has finally decided to respond to Jalen Rose and that whole “Fab Five” documentary thing. And I’m sure you can guess how he responded.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski took exception to critical comments that ESPN analyst Jalen Rose made about the school, saying they were “very insulting to everyone here at Duke.”
Canned response from the Duke PR play book in 5,4,3,2,1….
“Obviously, that was a poor choice of words and very insulting to everyone here at Duke but especially, not just our African-American players, but any African-American students,” Krzyzewski said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago Tuesday. “When you judge within a race, you start judging, like you put categories as to who you are. I think that’s just the wrong thing to do.”
Krzyzewski said one of the Fab Five could have ended up at Duke.
“We were very successful against them and, to be quite frank with you, we recruited Chris Webber,” he said. “I didn’t recruit Jalen Rose because we had Grant Hill and I’m happy with that. We didn’t look at the other, Juwan Howard [because] we knew he wasn’t going to come to Duke. The other two kids we didn’t think were the caliber that could play as well as Thomas Hill and Brian Davis and Billy McCaffery. They’re good kids. They were good kids.”
They had a heck of a run but, they didn’t leave anything, they didn’t establish anything there,” Krzyzewski said. “The guys that I had established something that Jay Williams continued to do 10 years later — the standards of what it meant to be a Duke basketball player.”
Discuss the racial aspect, give the “Fab Five” props for what they did, and then end with a dig at what the “Fab Five” did. This man definitely taught Grant Hill all he knows.