Krzyzewski praises team, Obama in Duke’s White House appearance

WASHINGTON (WNCN) – Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski  had high praise for his team, and for President Barack Obama, in a lively White House ceremony Tuesday honoring the 2015 NCAA champions.

Krzyzewski has often talked about how much he enjoyed coaching this team, and touched on that theme again in remarks to the crowd.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski shows President Obama his championship ring.
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“The cool thing about our group is that they were fun,” Krzyzewski said.  He said he is always attuned to how his team feels in the locker room, and whether the team “needs to be picked up” or is already up.

This team, he said, always seemed to be in full gear.

“We love them and it was amazing,” he said, choking a bit on his words. “Thank you for sharing that year with me.

“The guys coming back, if you could do that again, I’d appreciate it.”

Krzyzewski noted that the Duke team received their rings on Monday night at the National Archives, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Duke graduate David Rubenstein, a financier and philanthropist, gave $13.5 million to renovate the Archives.

Obama marveled at the size of the rings, causing Krzyzewski to quip, “I’m from Chicago. A little bit of bling is not bad.”

Krzyzewski, a noted Republican, also had high praise for Obama. Krzyzewski joked that Obama “should become the permanent host” of Saturday Night Live after his term was over.

He also said to Obama, “You’ve been an amazing leader for our country. And not just you but your family.

“Thank you very much for your service.”

After you are through we would like to scholarship you to our fantasy campo. We run a fantasy camp. Reggie said you can play

Krzyzewski also invited Obama, a noted basketball player, to come to Duke’s basketball fantasy camp after his term in office was over. That camp is for men age 35 and older, who get to play with some of the Duke legends.

Obama said he was “honored” and joked, “I’ll dominate.”

Duke defeated Wisconsin 68-63 to win the national championship in April.


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