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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports Bank, NBC Chicago Street Team

Duke Head Coach Krzyzewski grew up in Chicago (near Augusta and Damen) and was recruited by Bob Knight to play basketball at the U.S. Military Academy. He later became head coach at West Point before taking the same position at Duke University. In his 29th season at Duke, Krzyzewski was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame after being selected as National Coach of the Year 12 times.

Under his reign, the Blue Devils have won three NCAA championships (1991, 1992, 2001) and 10 Final Fours.
Coach K was also named head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s Senior National team, a position he held through the team’s gold medal winning performance in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

On Tuesday, Krzyzewski was in town to lead a group of some of the nation’s top collegiate coaches in the NABC Foundation’s Ticket To Reading Rewards (TTRR) program. The coaches went to Chicago middle schools to visit with students and the TTRR program, a reading incentive program that encourages Middle School students to read books outside the classroom and obtain rewards for reading.

It was there that I had an exclusive chat with Coach K. on Chicago’s Olympic bis his old neigborhood and many more Chicago-related topicskobe-and-coach-k

TSB: Have you checked out the Chicago 2016 plans?

Coach K: Actually, we saw the presentation while we were in Beijing and I was really proud of what’s there. The city is already beautiful, but to put in all those venues and to have all the world here- if there are people on other planets, they will see the glow coming from Chicago during the time of the Olympics, its already beautiful, but it will glow. They’ll be a buzz for the 8 years leading up to it and forever afterwards. I think we take it for granted in Chicago the cultures we have, it really is -more than other city in America- a world city.

TSB: As a fellow Polish-American myself, I’m proud to mention that we have the largest population of Poles outside of Warsaw…

Coach K: Whether you’re Romanian, African-American, Greek, Italian, it doesn’t make a difference: Chinese, Japanese you see the celebration of all these cultures all the time. I don’t live here anymroe, but whenever I come back,I’m amazed by what they’ve done from the inner city growing out, especially in my own neighborhood, Ukrainian Village.

TSB: And how about the United Center as an Olympic Venue, the house that Michael built with the statue of his airness right outside tell me about the prospect of a Gold Medal game being played in this venue…

Coach K: People from around the world of basketball would think it’s such an honor, to play on the court that Michael Jordan played on, he’s a world figure and the United Center is such a special place anyway.

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Paul M. Banks a.k.a. The Sports Bank, NBC Chicago Street Team Last week, the International Olympic Committee visited Chicago to further evaluate the city’s 2016 Olympic bid. This week, Team USA basketball’s most prominent leaders, along with other basketball celebrities from around the nation, will visit Chicago as the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Foundation holds its inaugural “Court of Honor Gala” at Union Station.

The Tuesday evening Gala celebrates the achievements and contributions of Jerry Colangelo, chairman of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and managing director of the USA Basketball senior national team from 2005-2008. Colangelo, a Chicago native and University of Illinois graduate, assembled the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, coached by another Chicagoan, Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski, who will speak at the Gala. Krzyzewski guided the “Redeem Team” to Olympic gold in Beijing this past summer.krzyzewski_colangelo

Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors, a member of the Olympic team, will also speak at the event and former Duke star and current ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas will serve as master of ceremonies. I had an exclusive with Bilas at the NABC’s ESPN Zone mixer on Monday night.

“It’s going to be one of those rooms with all the people who have been great doers in the game of college basketball. I think the biggest development we’ve had over the last 30 years in USA basketball is when Jerry Colangelo took over as Executive Director and formed a real program that we can now build on. We’ve had so many great coaches and players over the years in USA basketball, but we haven’t had the structure to give them the tools they need to be as successful as they can be. I think the program put in place by Jerry Colangelo, working with Coach K and everybody at USA basketball- that was a big home run they hit in Beijing, but it was also over a three-year period. What they did the three years before was perhaps more important: with the structure, organization, how they choose the team, the commitment that all the players made, it wasn’t just a commitment for the summer, it was a three-year commitment,” Bilas said.

Krzyzewski will also lead a group of some of the nation’s top collegiate coaches in the NABC Foundation’s Ticket To Reading Rewards (TTRR) program. The coaches will visit Chicago middle schools to visit with students and the TTRR program, a reading incentive program that encourages Middle School students to read books outside the classroom and obtain rewards for reading.

In addition to Krzyzewski, coaches scheduled to participate include Jim Boeheim of Syracuse, an assistant coach with the 2008 Olympic team; Mike Brey of Notre Dame; Jeff Capel of Oklahoma; Tom Izzo of National Runner-up Michigan State; Bill Self of Kansas, the 2008 NCAA champion; Tubby Smith of Minnesota; Kentucky’s recent hire John Calipari; and Bruce Weber of Illinois.

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