Mike Krzyzewski, also referred to as Coach K, was a great college basketball coach who recently announced his retirement from the game after more than 40 years on the bench. Most famous for his achievements as the head coach of Duke University’s men’s basketball team, he is recognized as one of the finest coaches in the annals of collegiate basketball.

The former men’s basketball coach at Duke was named a special adviser to basketball operations by the NBA in June 2021. Coach K will provide guidance and consultation to the league’s basketball operations division in this new position on a range of basketball-related issues, including the NBA’s involvement in the collegiate basketball scene.

Mike Krzyzewski, a former men’s basketball coach at Duke, has been named the NBA’s special adviser for basketball operations, the league said on Wednesday.

“We are honored to have Coach K join the NBA family and share his vast experience and expertise with the league and our teams,” Byron Spruell, the NBA’s president of league operations, said in a statement.

“As a preeminent coach and renowned leader who cares deeply about the game of basketball, he is uniquely suited to drive discussions and offer insights about the present and future of the NBA”, an article on USA Today reported. 

Mike Krzyzewski’s role as special adviser to NBA basketball operations

  1. Mike Krzyzewski’s appointment as a special adviser to basketball operations for the NBA was announced in June 2021. In this role, he is expected to provide counsel and advice to the league on a wide range of issues related to the game.
  2. This includes working with NBA team executives and other league leaders to provide insight and guidance on matters such as player development, scouting, and draft strategy.
  3. Coach K is set to begin his role by attending an NBA general managers meeting in Chicago, where the NBA Draft Combine will also take place.
  4. This move by the NBA is seen as a significant addition to the league, as it brings in one of the most respected and accomplished coaches in basketball history to provide guidance and expertise to the league’s basketball operations department.
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“This is a tremendous opportunity to deepen my connection to the NBA and participate in conversations about further strengthening the league and the game,” said Coach K “Even in my retirement from coaching, my passion for the sport has never been higher.  This role will enable me to stay engaged with basketball at the highest level.”


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