A Season Is a Lifetime: The Inside Story of the Duke Blue Devils and Their Championship Seasons

A Season Is a Lifetime: The Inside Story of the Duke Blue Devils and Their Championship Seasons

by Bill Brill
     
 

To Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, every season is a whole new lifetime. College-age players change so much from year to year, both physically and emotionally; even when the names are the same, the team is different. That's the challenge of coaching college sports; that's also the fun of it. No one does it better than the man they call Coach K. When… See more details below

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To Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, every season is a whole new lifetime. College-age players change so much from year to year, both physically and emotionally; even when the names are the same, the team is different. That's the challenge of coaching college sports; that's also the fun of it. No one does it better than the man they call Coach K. When his Blue Devils won their second-straight NCAA Championship, they became the first team to repeat as champions since UCLA's run from 1967-73. They were talented, sure, but they also had a coach who saw the trap of trying to defend a national title, and who stressed to them over and over that they were pursuing a championship instead - trying to win something new, not holding on to something from the past that no one could ever take away from them. A Season Is a Lifetime is the dramatic story of that pursuit. Starting with their loss to North Carolina in the 1991 ACC finals and their run to the NCAA title (highlighted by their stunning upset of top-ranked UNLV), we watch Coach K lay the groundwork for a season that would test and challenge his veteran team; we see the team respond with an early-season run that forces him to apply the brakes for fear of peaking too soon; we follow them through a stretch of injuries that tests their resilience and versatility; then we sit on the sidelines with Coach K and the rest of the team as they survive The Greatest Basketball Game Ever Played, the rousing victory over Kentucky, on the way to winning the 1992 NCAA tournament. Throughout, we ride the team bus, sit in on practices and private meetings, share the emotions, the fears, the joys of a team meeting its challenges and finding the best within itself. We meet Christian Laettner, the three-time All-America, four-time Final Four participant, a great player and leader, whose sometimes grating personality could rub his teammates the wrong way; Bobby Hurley, the gritty little point guard, a leader on the floor,

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Duke University's basketball team won the national championship in both 1991 and 1992, an amazing feat, since winners of the NCAA tournament virtually never repeat. After a brief recap of the 1991 tourney, with special attention to the Blue Devils' defeat of University of Nevada at Las Vegas, considered one of the best teams of all time, Brill, past president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, concentrates on the 1992 season. His strength lies in analyzing the personalities of coach Krzyzewski and of the players, and showing the interaction among them. His focus is on the two main cogs: Christian Laettner, one of Duke's top sports heroes, and Bobby Hurley, the small point guard from New Jersey who served as the field general. And he shows coach Krzyzewski as a master psychologist, smoothing ruffled feathers and massaging wounded egos. An excellent sports analysis. Photos not seen by PW. (Jan.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Over the years, Duke's basketball program has gained a reputation on and off the court as one of the nation's finest. This chronicle follows the Blue Devils through their two consecutive NCAA championship seasons, concentrating on the myriad pressures confronting a coach and players who are expected to win at nearly every turn. Coach and head mentor Krzyzewski emerges as a master motivator, able to focus his players on the challenges ahead instead of laurels past. Included are accounts of a memorable postseason contest against Kentucky and an issue of a much different kind: the unfounded rumors of a star player's sexual preference. Mainly, the story demonstrates how the right mix of talent, determination, guidance, and good fortune can lead to lofty accomplishments. For popular sports collections.-- William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.
Wes Lukowsky
The 1991-92 Duke University Blue Devils were in a unique position to repeat as NCAA basketball champions. Most of their key players returned from the team that had upset powerful Nevada-Las Vegas the year before in the title game. Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, and Grant Hill were all stars in their own right, and coach Mike Krzyzewski is universally respected as one of the game's premier coaches. As any fan knows, Duke was successful in their repeat bid, and this in-depth analysis of the season shows why. There's too much play-by-play reportage and too little insight into the fragile chemistry so crucial to championship teams, but what's included is generally well written and intelligent. Fans will particularly enjoy the account of how the team's twelfth man was chosen from among the nonscholarship student body, and the poignant story of trainer Max Crowder, who died of cancer during the season. Eight pages of black-and-white photos round out this solid effort.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671798116
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Pages:
288

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