September 10, 2013
Coach K is probably the only other college basketball coach in the same stratosphere with John Calipari when it comes to having that "celebrity" aura. (I don't really know what to call it, but you know what I'm talking about.)
So it was really interesting to read this story, told by Coach K to Duke students at a campout for basketball tickets, about one of his interactions with LeBron, Jay-Z and Beyonce. The scene: Coach K is introducing LeBron at an awards presentation. Take it away, in K's own words, via CBSSports.com's find of the video:
"So anyway I go up on stage and do 10 minutes and say really nice thing sabout LeBron, Jay and of course Beyonce. The event's over, and this is where my street cred, like, was bouncing all over the world. I'm asked to come up on stage and take a picture with LeBron and Jay. So it's LeBron, Jay, and K. It's on Twitter, Instagram, I don't know, was Vine going then? It's on all that crap. I mean in Hong Kong, Beijing, Moscow. My shit's going all over the place. I am the coolest 65-year-old [inaudible]. However, however, what I want has not happened yet. I want to meet Beyonce. ... I go up to Beyonce. You know how guys think they have a lot of good lines? And, so I go up and I'm nervous as I can be. I'm like a teenager. And I go to her with a great line. I say, 'Hi, I'm Coach K.' And she said, 'Coach, I know who you are. I just listened to you for 10 minutes.' Like, patting me on the head. Little boy. So now I feel like I'm 11. So what's my next line? I come up and I say, 'You're my favorite.' My face is red as can be, you know, I'm like 4 feet tall right now. And she says, 'Well, that's nice.' And I asked her -- and I don't usually do this -- but I said, 'Would you take a picture with me?' So she takes a picture with me and I look, really, like I'm 12. But my street cred, as big as the other one was, goes everywhere. So, tonight, it's not like being with Beyonce -- it's as good as being with Jay-Z."