Coach K Responds to Auriemma’s ‘Joke’ Comments

On Tuesday, Coach K was asked about Auriemma's comments.


Last week, before the Huskies won their 10th national title, Geno Auriemma explained that the men's game is "a joke." Days later, Duke beat Wisconsin in one of the best games of the season, giving coach Mike Krzyzewski his fifth national championship.

On Tuesday, Coach K was asked about Auriemma's comments.

"Geno and I are good friends -- he must have had a couple good glasses of wine before he said that," Krzyzewski joked to Jim Rome, via "That probably wasn't the smartest statement he made."

Still, Coach K conceded that the men's game could benefit from a commissioner of sorts, as well as a shorter shot clock and a wider lane.

Interestingly, Auriemma isn't alone in his thoughts. Dallas Mavericks owner, and Indiana alum, Mark Cuban said recently that the "horrible" state of the game is hurting the NBA.

"If they want to keep kids in school and keep them from being pro players, they're doing it the exact right way by having the 35-second shot clock and having the game look and officiated the way it is," Cuban said Wednesday night, via "Just because kids don't know how to play a full game of basketball.

"You've got three kids passing on the perimeter. With 10 seconds on the shot clock, they try to make something happen and two other kids stand around. They don't look for anything and then run back on defense, so there's no transition game because two out of five or three out of five or in some cases four out of five kids aren't involved in the play.

"It's uglier than ugly, and it's evidenced by the scoring going down. When the NBA went through that, we changed things."

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