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 Mike Krzyzewski - “Michael has decided to pursue opportunities at another school. He is leaving Duke in good academic standing and we wish him well in the future.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “I don't know who we are, what our identity is. We're still developing. That's why these games are so important for us. It's not like you can let up because these guys still need to develop.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “J.J. was sensational once we found him. We did not do a good job of finding him at first, but once we did, he had one of his best games.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “We're 0-0 again. We were able to do that last weekend after losing a couple of tough games. Now we've got to do it again after winning a great tournament.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “I have been worried about this game for a couple of weeks. As soon as the BC game ended I told my staff that nobody would know it, but this would be one of the toughest games we play all year.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “There's just something about (playing a first-round game). It may hurt you later, but it does give you a little better feel, especially when you win the way Miami did (Thursday). They took that momentum into (Friday's) game.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “We've had some really good guys, but we've never had a shot blocker like him. He's uncanny.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “He had a pretty seriously sprained hand and he wasn't able to get the practice in. You have to put up a lot of shots every day to keep the habit. He'll be more apt to do that (tonight).”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “Now this is really important, and I hope you believe this. He plays every play in practice hard. And that's the best way to stay in shape. If it's a one-on-one drill and he got a hand on it and the ball's going out of bounds, he would run after the ball and get it. He keeps putting himself in the positions you would put yourself in a ballgame.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “He has really good timing and he can block shots with either hand. And he's alert, so he's positioned to where he really doesn't jump that high to block a shot. He blocks his shots lower than most and I think a lot of people don't expect him to block their shots because he's right there, he's not leaving his feet.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “Duke has always taken up my whole heart,”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “Things happen in a game, and he took responsibility for it. I hope ... he's not punished. ... That kid's a hell of a player.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “It would be a great honor, more than that, a great responsibility. If that comes about, you have to rethink a bunch of things that you're doing. I'm not ready to rethink that yet.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “an honor and a responsibility.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “For me, this is the ultimate honor in coaching,”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “We don't know if it's the same injury or not. Our hope is that it's not the same. Of course, if you just spent six weeks with that injury, it's going to scare you. It scares me.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “It's not bad to hurt that's one of the great things about sports we just have to learn from this.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “I didn't think Sean was going to be able to play. We were a little bit worried it might be real serious, but it wasn't. He played hurt, yet you wouldn't know it. I'm proud of him.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “Greg showed a great deal of toughness and resolve playing through the injury as a freshman. The surgery was a success and we look forward to a full recovery. Greg had a great year for us as a freshman despite the injury and we are anxious to have him back and at 100 percent.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “This injury is a bone bruise. It really has nothing to do with the other injury except that it's in the same foot -- that's the commonality there. You want him to come in as close as possible to 100 percent, and that's what we're trying to do.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “I think maybe one of the problems is maybe that you need to develop a team, and a team doesn't mean you just have all the best players. I think the international game is different.... You have to build a team that will play in those conditions, not the conditions of an all-star game.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “When I was in sixth grade, I wanted to become a priest.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “Throughout my life, my mom has been the person that I've always looked up to.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “The thing I loved the most - and still love the most about teaching - is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and see that individual or group exceed their limits.”
 Mike Krzyzewski - “The other thing I knew I had was a high level of competitiveness.”

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