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Coach K on Retirement, Redeem Team, Dream Team, North Carolina

Even without his whistle, it turns out that the greatest hoops coach of all time still likes to let you know who’s in charge.

By Brady Langmann, Published: Oct 7, 2022

“In retirement, although I’m not retired,” clarifies Krzyzewski, “I’m doing all the things I want to do.”
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Exactly 142 days after Coach K became Mr. K for the first time in nearly 50 years, Mike Krzyzewski is telling me about his MasterClass. John Legend did one! So did Robin Roberts. The next day, he’ll jet off to Vegas, speak at a convention, play video poker, and take his wife, Mickie, out to eat. When Krzyzewski returns to Durham, you’ll find the man in his yard, pruning trees and handing out kibbles to his puppy—named . . . wait for it . . . Coach—who, of fucking course, “is actually a really good athlete.” Retirement! It happens. Even for a guy who won 1,202 college basketball games.

“In retirement, although I’m not retired,” Krzyzewski, 75, clarifies, “I’m doing all the things I want to do.” I’d take a wild guess that talking to me wasn’t numero uno on his post-Duke bucket list. But he picked up the phone to promote Netflix’s The Redeem Team, out now, which gives the Last Dance treatment to the 2008 men’s U. S. basketball team. In a documentary with mega personalities like Carmelo Anthony wisecracking throughout, it’s the team’s head coach, Krzyzewski, who gets all the holy-shit moments—like, for example, scaring LeBron James straight by bringing in Iraq vets to talk to the squad about their idea of service. “I was very emotional at different points,” Krzyzewski says of reliving it all, “obviously in watching the footage of Kobe and his little girl and his wife.”

Source: https://www.esquire.com/sports/a41456545/coach-k-interview-retirement/

Bill Russell: In His Own Words | Library of Congress Blog

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Published August 1, 2022 by Neely Tucker

Bill Russell, who died Sunday at the age of 88, was a towering figure in American life. Standing, he went 6 feet, 10 inches. In history, he seemed to stride the continent like Paul Bunyan, like John Henry: mythical, impossible, huge.

He won basketball titles everywhere he went — high school, college, the pros, the Olympics — and won them over and over again. His coach, Red Auerbach, summed up his career of 11 NBA titles by describing him as “the single most devastating force in the history of the game.” He was among the first Black superstars in professional sports, encountered racism at a brutish level and, strikingly for the mid-century era, made no attempt to be liked by problematic fans. Woe betide anyone who might have thought of telling William Felton Russell to “shut up and dribble.”

His high-profile civil rights work included, but by no means was limited to, going to Mississippi to work for integration in the wake of the assassination of Medgar Evers and participating in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, who noted that he “stood up for the rights and dignity” of all people.

The history of Wimbledon Tennis: where it all began | Britain Magazine

By Josephine Price, July 2, 2022

Fred Perry in action at Wimbledon in 1936. Credit: PA Pics

We look back at the history of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, which bring this corner of southwest London to a standstill each year.

The first Wimbledon Championships were held on 9 June 1877 and were advertised as a ‘lawn tennis meeting, open to all amateurs’ and played at Worple Road in Wimbledon, not far from the current home of Wimbledon Tennis.

Wimbledon Tennis: no women allowed

Women were not allowed to play in this initial meeting, but 22 men turned up and paid the £1 1 shilling fee to take part. A modest crowd of 200 people watched the first matches that were played with wooden rackets and hand-sewn flannel balls.

It wasn’t until 1884 that the All England Club agreed to open the Championships up to both sexes and Lottie Dodd, from Cheshire, made her mark on Wimbledon a few years later as the (still unbeaten) youngest woman to win the title at the age of 15. She went on to win the Championships over the next four years, proving that women deserved a place in the game.

Source: The history of Wimbledon Tennis: where it all began

How the Avalanche went from rock bottom to Stanley Cup champions in five years – CBSSports.com

Colorado proved that patience pays off in the NHL

By Austin Nivison, Jun 27, 2022 at 12:26 pm ET • 4 min read

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Five years ago, it was hard to imagine the Colorado Avalanche winning much of anything. They were the league’s basement-dwellers.

But then the franchise underwent an impressive rebuild, which was capped off on Sunday night by winning a Stanley Cup.

Let’s examine how they went from the bottom to the top of the NHL.

Exit Patrick Roy, enter Jared Bednar…

Source: How the Avalanche went from rock bottom to Stanley Cup champions in five years – CBSSports.com

North Carolina Tar Heels | History | College Basketball

By DrWeb, April 1, 2022

Well, we’re heading for a special Final Four in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. North Carolina faces off against Duke, their arch rival in the Final Four. Amazingly, these two blueblood teams have never met before in the Tournament’s history.

Here’s my video of slideshow and the show slides of it, so enjoy the game! Go Heels!

Video slideshow…