Monday, July 19, 2010

Coach K lands in Jersey

Posted By on Mon, Jul 19, 2010 at 3:00 PM

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Former University of Montana coach and player Larry Krystkowiak was announced as a new member of the New Jersey Nets' coaching staff today. He'll be an assistant under new head coach Avery Johnson.

Krystkowiak coached the Griz to two consecutive NCAA appearances before being hired as an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks in June 2006. He was promoted to head coach in March 2007 for the team's last 18 games of the season, and then coached the entire 2007-2008 season before getting fired. His career record was 31-69.

As a player, Krystkowiak was named Big Sky MVP three times. After getting drafted 28th overall in the 1986 NBA Draft, he played nine seasons with six different teams.

I profiled Coach K back in 2005 — I'd link to it, but it appears some of our archives are on summer vacation — and he had this to say about his coaching style.

“When I was playing it was a whole lot of blood, sweat and tears,” he says. “As a coach, there’s not as much sweat involved, but it’s still a lot of work. It’s more of the mental aspects, the psychology of dealing with players, knowing what buttons to push. Trust me, it’s still a lot of work. As a player, you just played and at the end of the day you passed out. It was always the coach who had to figure stuff out and fix the things that are broken. I’m the one who gets the sleepless nights now.”

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