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  • Coach K: U.S. players not 'going to sell shoes' 07/02/08 - Mike Krzyzewski has piled up the national championships, coaching awards and conference titles during nearly three decades at Duke. The Hall of Fame coach insists there's plenty of room in his trophy case for an honor of even higher significance.

The Gold Standard (book) by Mike Krzyzewski[]

Coach K’s second book to make our must-read list. In The Gold Standard: Building a World Class Team, the Duke coach writes about his experiences coaching the U.S. Olympic Basketball squad. He worked with some of the game’s biggest egos and and navigated personal rivalries to piece together a team that could beat the best competition in the world. Half of the book focuses on basketball, while the other half examines his management techniques for leading the team during the Olympics.

“I always tried to explain to the players their roles on the team, roles that were always evolving,” Krzyzewski writes. “When you give time to a person and explain their ever-evolving role, it makes them feel good. It is a reminder to them that their role is important enough to warrant explanation.”