The locker room speech Mike Krzyzewski gave Sunday after his 1,000th win echoed the public sentiments he shared with reporters a few minutes later.
The Duke coach deflected credit for his accomplishments onto the players, coaches and administrators who have helped him reach 1,000 wins. Krzyzewski also lauded his players for rising to the occasion in the final 10 minutes, transforming a double-digit deficit against St. John's into a memorable road win.
"To see the emotion you guys had when you were making plays to come back was astounding," Krzyzewski said. "We made so many big-time hustle plays. So many. So many. That's what happens when you're consumed with winning, and I appreciate that."
When Krzyzewski was done speaking, his players, still clad in "1,000 wins and Kounting" T-Shirts, presented him with the game ball. Krzyzewski thanked them and then asked Duke athletic director Kevin White and school president Richard Brodhead to share a few words.
The last thing Krzyzewski did before leaving the locker room to meet with the media was asking his players to thank their families for their support behind the bench, a gesture that says a lot about the Duke coach as a person. On a day that was supposed to be all about him, Krzyzewski took the time to think of everyone around him.
(Thanks for the video, Duke Athletics)
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