Krzyzewski: Coaching US is no unfair edge at Duke

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski says his side job as coach of U.S. national team does not give him an unfair advantage at Duke.

Krzyzewski met with media in Durham Thursday for the first time since leading the Americans to the gold medal at the Basketball World Cup in Spain.

He fired back at critics who have suggested he uses his connections to the U.S. team for self-serving reasons with the Blue Devils.

He says any advantage gained is "an advantage through accomplishment" and adds that coaching the U.S. team cost him about 50 days during the college recruiting period.

He acknowledged he and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, his assistant with the U.S. team, have "a certain amount of notoriety" because of their longevity, but added, "what are we supposed to do, lose?"

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