Krzyzewski to discuss Lakers with family

Updated: July 4, 2004, 10:32 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is still evaluating the Los Angeles Lakers' lucrative contract offer and will spend the weekend discussing it with his family, according to Blue Devils assistant Steve Wojciechowski.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported Friday that the Lakers' offer to Krzyzewski is for five years and $40 million.

Wojciechowski told ESPN.com Friday that Krzyzewski didn't give the staff a timetable for deciding whether to become an NBA coach. But another Blue Devils staffer told ESPN.com that Krzyzewski is expected to announce his decision no later than Tuesday.

The source said on Sunday that the Duke coaching staff is expected to return to campus after the holiday weekend, and Coach K wanted to air his choice before official recruiting begins on Wednesday.

"He'll take a few days to sleep on it," Wojciechowski said.

"I think people are honestly clueless about what's going to happen,'' Duke senior associate athletics director Chris Kennedy added Friday to The Associated Press. "I don't think Mike knows what's going to happen right now."

Wojciechowski said the lure of the Lakers is one of the reasons that Krzyzewski would consider such a move. He said his mentor and former coach would never make a move solely because of money but that the Lakers' offer "is something that could take care of his family, his family's family."

And Wojciechowski said it's no secret that Kobe Bryant wants Krzyzewski to be his coach.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Bryant told Krzyzewski just that on Monday afternoon. Some Duke basketball people were in a campus gym when Krzyzewski came in and told the group, "You'll never guess who called. Kobe Bryant. He wants me to come coach him."

But if Kobe's pulling in one direction, Krzyzewski feels pressure as well from the other end -- all over the university campus, from the medical school to the student body, Dookies are making this is a tough decision, Wojciechowski said. Still, because he might never have another chance to go to the Lakers, he has to think long and hard.

"The timetable is Mike's," John Burness, Duke's senior vice president for public and government relations, told AP. "We want to make sure he has time to make the decision that's best for him and his family, and hopefully for Duke and college basketball."

"This is a decision that is far-reaching," Wojciechowski told ESPN.com. "He loves Duke. I can guarantee that."

And Duke loves him. With good reason. His teams have been top-ranked during 12 different seasons, including the last seven. In 24 years, he has compiled a 621-179 record. The Blue Devils have made the Final Four 10 times, have won three NCAA championships (1991, '92 and '01), and have won eight Atlantic Coast Conference tournaments championships and 10 regular-season conference titles.

Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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