Coach K didn't have to take this gig, which is why he should be lauded for it

Updated: August 25, 2008, 2:57 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- They introduce the United States basketball team before each game, and every time it's the same.

Roars for Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Enthusiastic cheers for the rest of the roster. Silence for coach Mike Krzyzewski.

It's a long way from the collegiate love bubble of Cameron Indoor Stadium to NBA-crazy China. The idolatry Krzyzewski is accustomed to at Duke is lost in translation here. A billion Chinese really don't give a damn who coaches this collection ...

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