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Mike Krzyzewski and Duke Still Salty Over Fab 5 Documentary

by Robert Littal | Posted on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
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Grant Hill and Jalen Rose have kissed and made up over the “Uncle Tom” comment, but that doesn’t mean the Duke Basketball program as a whole has gotten over it.

Coach K decided to chime in and throw fuel on what was a dying fire.

He thinks people aren’t bright enough to see what he is really saying, throwing a lot of subliminal messages out, but people aren’t dumb. Look at what he had to say.

“Obviously, that was a poor choice of words and very insulting to everyone here at Duke but especially, not just our African-American players, but any African-American students,” Krzyzewski said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago Tuesday. “When you judge within a race, you start judging, like you put categories as to who you are. I think that’s just the wrong thing to do.”

“We were very successful against them and, to be quite frank with you, we recruited Chris Webber,” he said. “I didn’t recruit Jalen Rose because we had Grant Hill and I’m happy with that. We didn’t look at the other, Juwan Howard [because] we knew he wasn’t going to come to Duke. The other two kids we didn’t think were the caliber that could play as well as Thomas Hill and Brian Davis and Billy McCaffery. They’re good kids. They were good kids.”

“They had a heck of a run but, they didn’t leave anything, they didn’t establish anything there,” Krzyzewski said.

Even though the Fab 5 didn’t “establish anything”, they must have done something to have Duke so upset over the words..

Normally when you are as defensive as many in the Duke Basketball team has been over this documentary, that means there is some truth to whatever is being said about you.

Instead of crying, whining and writing op-ed pieces about it just move on. It was documentary about Michigan, not Duke and if that is how they felt about Duke at the time, there is nothing wrong with that, because it wasn’t like they were the only ones.

Coach K in reality talking about the skills of the rest of the Fab 5 minus Chris Webber is the reason people feel so strongly about Duke even today.  It is that elitist attitude and the way he is thumbing his noses at their accomplishments is why people don’t like Duke now.

Just because you poison someone as oppose to shooting them in the head, doesn’t mean you are any less a killer. Coach K snobbish and insulting comments as a grown adult are much worse than Jalen Rose feelings as an 18 year old kid.

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  1. GQTrojan says:

    Coach K probably didn't need to respond to this cuz as you said, it's a dying fire. But I got not problems with Grant Hill responding. If somebody calls you out by name on national TV AND they put up a picture of your pops, then you have every right to respond. It don't matter if it was almost 20 years ago, Jalen still feels the same way without actually using the words, "Uncle Tom." Just watch his interviews on ESPN first & 10 about this subject, and tell me if you really think his attitude has changed about Duke's black players.

    We should all appreciate Jalen's honesty about how he felt (and probably currently feels) because it sheds light on what many in the black community feel in the present day. Unfortunately there's too man black folks who view other black people that achieve success (legally), speak proper english as being less black. It's that type of attitude that keeps many black Americans in the sad plight they're in, and it won't change until their thinking changes.

  2. Nyree says:

    Coach K's comments are the epitome of the modern day "massa." They are offensive and degrading. I don't think they're subliminal at all. The Fab 5s legacy is all the freshman superstars at top programs. Schools didn't start freshman before they came along. They changed the game.

    I don't think Jalen has a problem with Grant Hill at this point. I think Grant's career and life has garnered the respect of his peers. I do, however, believe, that his opinion of the Duke program has not changed; and Coach K's comments are evidence that his opinion of Duke was accurate. It takes a effort to field a team that "looks" like the ones Duke fields across the spectrum.

    A black person is not an "Uncle Tom" simply because they speak grammatically correct English and achieve legal success. By that narrow-minded definition then Jalen, Juwan, Chris, and most any other athlete that can put a sentence together would be considered a "Tom." An Uncle Tom" to a black person with sense is the person that tolerates and puts up with the back-handed compliments, being the token and pretending like he isn't, acting better than the other negros because someone white said they weren't "like the rest of them." Additionally, Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Tom" was an affront to black people because he never ever stood up for himself. He refused to flee, he refused to fight back, he refused to do anything at all except for get the s*** beat out of him with that "quiet dignity" everyone loves to see.

  3. Kim says:

    In my opinion he has every right to be salty. If he didn't I would question his character. When you make the statements galena etc. Made you attack the character of the individuals you speak of. Coach K spent a great deal of time with those young men. Of course he was offended. I don't care how Jalen was when he said it. It was ignorant then and ignorant now.

  4. Damon says:

    What I don't understand is why its okay for the Jalen and other to go "whining, crying" but it's not okay for the Duke players? And it's not just how they felt about them at the time, it's how one or two of them feel about them now.

    And obviously everybody knows when he went on that show he was asked that question, he didn't just bring it up. What's funny is if he dodged the question, they would've criticized him for it too. And why shouldn't he feel elitist, in College BB, Duke is elitist. They are year in and out one of the top teams consistently. And they were better than Michigan, they proved it in the media and on the court. If you can talk it and back it up who cares, but if you talk alot of trash and don't back it up (Fab Five) then that's when you should be criticized.

  5. Just stop everybody – you're missing the entire point. Jalen felt a certain way when he was younger based on how he grew up, without a father and poor. Grant Hill had a successful father and lived comfortable. He was envious – who wouldn't be? I don't blame Jalen for his feelings. Everyone hated Duke because they won all the time – they were jealous!

    This whole thing is about jealousy, jealousy now and jealousy then. They hated Laettner because he was hyped in the media as being great, but he was great. 4 Final Fours, 2 national titles, game winner against Kentucky (by the way he was 10-10 from the field, 10-10 from the free throw line that game, didn't miss a shot). If there's one thing all greats know, it's how it feels to be hated.

    Mr. Littal – Duke recruits people that help them win and can meet the required academic criteria – you're out of 5th grade now – go find something else to be jealous about.

    Duke is hated not because they're elitist, because they WIN.

  6. Uncle tom says:

    Rose is a racist period.

  7. Nyree says:

    Rose wasnt invited to play at duke because he was rumored to drink and drive too much

  8. LB says:

    I don't think coach k was adding fuel to a dying fire, I think he was asked a question and he responded. I wanted to hear his view anyway being he's been the head coach for all those years.

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