NCAA Basketball: Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski Postpones Surgery For Team's Sake
Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski is willing to postpone his back surgery, just to steer his team "back on track".
"Coach K", as he is more popularly known, was scheduled to undergo back surgery on Friday, January 6, and was expected to be out for up to four weeks. It would have be the second time that he would miss a number of games as Duke's head coach for the exact same reason, with the first one during the 1994-95 season.
It was not actually determined how many games coach Krzyzewski would've missed exactly. The team, however, already tapped associate head coach Jeff Capel as his replacement.
However, Krzyzewski has apparently decided to forego his medical procedure for a few days, with the intent of getting his team back to where he wants them to be. According to a report by ESPN.com, Coach K says he felt the need to be there for the team, particularly after their loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday.
"I just felt that after [Saturday's loss to] Virginia Tech, we needed to get on track -- the track we were going to be on. We as a staff met about who we were going to start," coach Krzyzewski said, revealing that he switched returning Grayson Allen to point guard to give way for Harry Giles to take on the starting shooting guard position.
Krzyzewski admitted that it was "not really very smart" about the way he handled his previous ruptured disc injury, which had him sidelined the first time. This time around, he promises to take his time and not be in a hurry to make a return, to help his system effectively recuperate.
"I made that mistake in my younger days, and I'm too old to renew that mistake. I do feel confident in the direction we're going right now."
Since the loss to Virginia Tech, Duke has been able to bounce back and return to their winning ways. On Wednesday, they played against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and won by a final score of 110-57.
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