Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, with 1,043 career college basketball coaching victories, finally took some losses this offseason as he endured surgeries to repair his knees in a double knee replacement procedure, a hernia and his left ankle, which required two operations in and of itself, according to NBC Sports.
Krzyzewski, currently in a walking boot, believes he’ll be good to go by the time the Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 5.
In a year fraught with injuries, fears over Zika virus and an ever-shifting roster, Team USA can rest easy knowing one of the things staying constant is the man on the sidelines.
Notable players holding out from the competition due to rest and concerns about disease and injury include reigning NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis, among others.
Coach K will be participating in his final Olympics this year, after which the keys to the world’s most talented basketball team will be handed over to Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs.