Episode 21: Coach K, Mike Krzyzewski (featuring Sue Bird)
1 hr 52 min

The word legend gets thrown around a lot these days. But then again, in some rare cases it almost doesn't seem to be enough. That is precisely what we have on this episode of "The Old Man and the Three" as JJ and Tommy welcome in a true legend of the game on every level, the one and only "Coach K", Mike Krzyzewski. And, as if that isn't enough, another guest worthy of "legend" status joins for the intro and TOP 5/Draft, WNBA Champion and future Hall of Famer Sue Bird. 

Sue Bird RUNDOWN

  • Recaps her WNBA Finals victory
  • Having Megan with her in the bubble 
  • First thing she did after she got out of the bubble
  • Acclimating to life outside the bubble and being back in society
  • NBA Finals breakdown
  • How the lack of fans played a major role in the playoffs
  • The effect of no fans on shooting performances
  • Describing the elation of winning a championship


Coach K RUNDOWN

  • What was his first impression of JJ
  • JJ's practice routine
  • Coach comments on JJ's turnaround in the NBA
  • What's the goal for this college basketball season
  • On the practice/social distancing process at Duke
  • What was it like telling his players that the NCAA tournament was cancelled
  • On helping his players through quarantine and creating a virtual national championship for them
  • Putting closure on last season. 
  • Discussion about JJ's sophomore season troubles and how he "crossed a bridge" to get through it
  • May 21st 2004. The most important day in JJ's basketball career
  • How he watches his players closely to keep a healthy environment​
  • On his belief in therapy and talking it through with players 
  • Tells a great story about Marshall Plumlee and his accomplishment of becoming an Army Ranger
  • JJ talks about the moment Coach K went from just a coach to a coach and a friend
  • On giving full impowerment to his teams and how that builds confidence.
  • On roasting Coach K 
  • Embracing the "one and done" era
  • How would JJ have done if he left early
  • Adaptability is vital to success
  • Embracing change and being impressed with the younger generation 
  • How America needs to get better
  • How close was Coach K to taking the Lakers job in 2004
  • Coach shares an amazing Kobe story
  • Dream team vs Redeem team... who wins?
  • How great the NBA has handled the pandemic
  • What separates the "LeBrons" and "Kobes" from everyone else​


TOP 5/DRAFT

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