Basketball and Beyond season nine in review: Ken Jeong, LeBron James and more

From MVP candidates in the NBA, to Hall of Famers across several sports, to hoodie enthusiasts, and even to “that guy from that thing,” season nine of Basketball and Beyond with Coach K had it all.

Each week throughout the college basketball season, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski covered the latest in college basketball, and talked to the top athletes and coaches across all sports. If you missed an episode, check out each blog recap:

  • Coach K returns to Team USA: In the season debut, Krzyzewski explained his decision to come back to USA Basketball. Plus, he talked to MLB Hall of Famer and two-time World Series champion Joe Morgan about what it takes to win the fall classic.
  • Coming off winning the NCAA championship: Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talked about the strengths of his Cardinals following their 2013 NCAA tournament championship.
  • From Boston Strong to World Series Championship: Red Sox manager John Farrell talked to Coach K about Boston’s World Series win in six games over the St. Louis Cardinals, and about Dustin Pedroia’s on-field leadership.
  • Drew Brees naps on bean bag chairs? Drew Brees naps on bean bag chairs: New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talked about his quarterback’s work ethic and strict schedule.
  • Underrated players in college basketball: Duke was ranked No. 6 at the time, and Coach K welcomed the head coach of then-No. 1-ranked Michigan State, Tom Izzo, to talk about players deserving more recognition. Plus, we traveled across Duke’s campus to check in with Duke football coach David Cutcliffe, who talked about the Blue Devils first AP Top 25 ranking since 1994.
  • We’re talking about practice: Fresh off the Patriots’ overtime victory over the Denver Broncos, Bill Belichick talked to Coach K about the Patriots’ practice approach.
  • Defense wins championships: LeBron James talked about the importance of defense in basketball, coming off two consecutive NBA championships.
  • Bond between U.S. military and sports: Gen. Martin Dempsey talked about his work with Coach K and Team USA.
  • That guy from that thing: Duke alum, former Cameron Crazie and actor Ken Jeong talked to Coach K about his time at Duke, and his break into acting.
  • Comforts of a road game: Villanova head coach Jay Wright talked about the challenges of road games, especially in the Big East (not to mention Cameron Indoor Stadium, one of the toughest places to play a game as a visitor).
  • A Hall of Fame mentor: Warren Moon, NFL Hall of Famer, previewed Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson’s chances to win the Super Bowl. (Spoiler alert: Seattle won.)
  • The origins of ‘Uncle Drew’: Former Duke standout and current Cleveland Cavs star Kyrie Irving talked about his alter ego.
  • Russell Wilson is a diaper dandy: Dick Vitale talked conference play, while broadcaster James Brown previewed the Super Bowl match-up between the Seahawks and Broncos.
  • Olympic gold, All Star … MVP?: Kevin Durant, whose role grew when teammate Russell Westbrook went down with a knee earlier in the NBA season injury, talked to Coach K about his maturity on the court.
  • Graduating to the professional ranks: Former Butler head coach Brad Stevens talked about his first season in the NBA as head coach of the Boston Celtics.
  • Powered by transfers: San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher talked about the transfer rule, and how SDSU has benefitted from transfer players.
  • A budding rivalry: Duke and Syracuse exchanged wins in Syracuse’s first season in the ACC. Coach K talked about the “instant classic.”
  • ACC Tournament preview: Coach K talked about the history and appreciation of conference tournaments.
  • NCAA Tournament keys: The cornerstone to each of Coach K’s four national championships was a great starting point guard. Which team had that this year?
  • Learning from the best: Johnny Dawkins played for Coach K while at Duke, then served as his assistant coach for 10 seasons before taking the head coach position at Stanford. Dawkins led his team to the Sweet Sixteen, and talked to Coach K about changing the school’s offense this year.
  • Importance of guard play: Shabazz Napier led UConn to the 2014 NCAA championship. His performance reminded Coach K of one of the best point guards in the NBA, Chris Paul.

Did you miss any of the full episodes of Basketball and Beyond with Coach K? You can catch them on SiriusXM On Demand.

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