Thursday, October 20, 2011
3-point shot: Coach K concerned about 2012
By Andy Katz
1. Duke and USA Olympic team coach Mike Krzyzewski said the current NBA lockout could have a dramatic effect on preparations for London 2012. USA basketball met two weeks ago in Las Vegas to go over a number of logistical issues. Krzyzewski said at issue is if the lockout ends and the season is extended it could cut into training. Team USA is scheduled to meet July 5 with the gold medal game Aug. 12. Krzyzewski said he’s also concerned about the conditioning the players if the season is lost. “And if there is no season, I’m sure the players would want to play, but who funds their injury insurance. The main thing is I want to see the best basketball in the world, and I’m bummed out a bit that they haven’t found a resolution. I worry about injuries, too, when they come back because you can’t crash condition for a season. That’s a welcome mat for injuries.’’
2. Miami coach Jim Larranaga said Wednesday that junior center Reggie Johnson still probably won’t be back on the court until January at the earliest, despite showing strong signs of progress from an offseason knee injury. Larranaga said Johnson has been working in the pool, boxing and is able to shoot but can’t jump or run -- obviously two important facets of playing the game. The Hurricanes, who still fancy themselves an NCAA tourney team, are banking on Florida transfer Kenny Kadji or Nigerian big man Raphael Akpejiori to fill the Johnson void. Julian Gamble would have replaced him but he tore his ACL.
3. First-year NC State coach Mark Gottfried hasn’t given up on jumping out of an airplane for the thrill, the bucket list or drawing attention to his program. Gottfried was supposed to jump out of a plane and land at midfield for the Sept. 17 football game against South Alabama on Military Appreciation Day, but high winds scrapped the jump. Gottfried said Wednesday there is a chance he could make the jump for the Wolfpack’s rivalry game against North Carolina on Nov. 5.