Mike Krzyzewski, widely known as “Coach K,” has been named a special adviser to the NBA’s basketball operations department. This appointment comes after the Hall of Fame college basketball coach announced his retirement from Duke University at the end of the 2021-22 season.
Krzyzewski, 74, will now work closely with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, advising him on various issues related to the game of basketball. In a statement, Silver said that Krzyzewski’s “knowledge, insight, and experience will be invaluable as we work to grow and develop the game of basketball globally.”
Krzyzewski has a long and storied career in basketball, having led Duke University to five national championships and 12 Final Four appearances over his 41-year tenure as head coach. He has also coached Team USA to three Olympic gold medals and two FIBA World Cup titles.
In his new role with the NBA, Krzyzewski will be responsible for advising Silver and other NBA executives on a range of issues, including player development, youth basketball initiatives, and international basketball opportunities.
Krzyzewski said in a statement that he is excited about his new role with the NBA, stating that he is “honored to have the opportunity to work with Commissioner Silver and the NBA team to help continue the growth and development of basketball worldwide.”
Krzyzewski’s appointment as a special adviser to the NBA’s basketball operations department is just the latest example of the league’s commitment to growing and developing the game of basketball on a global scale. With Krzyzewski’s wealth of knowledge and experience, the NBA is sure to continue its success in promoting basketball around the world.