Coach K Apologizes to Altman for Postgame Chat with Brooks
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says he has apologized to Oregon coach Dana Altman for his postgame conversation with Dillon Brooks.
In a statement issued Saturday, Krzyzewski said "it is not my place to talk to another team's player" and he hoped he "did not create a distraction" for the top-seeded Ducks.
They play Oklahoma on Saturday night in the West Regional final.
Brooks hit a long 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring in the final seconds of the Ducks' 82-68 victory over Duke on Thursday night. In the handshake line, Krzyzewski had a prolonged discussion with the Oregon guard — and video of it immediately went viral.
In the statement, Krzyzewski said that chat "took the focus away from the terrific game that Dillon played."