Poll: Did Mike Krzyzewski Bring Back Grayson Allen Too Early?
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski is getting a lot of hit for reinstating the junior guard after just one game, mostly to the fact that Allen is a repeat (repeat) offender. Allen tripped two opponents last season against Louisville and Florida State.
“I talked to Coach many, many times when I came back after break. We had a lot of conversations and meetings, and I went through a lot of stuff after practice,” Allen said. “He ultimately felt I was ready to come back, and I felt good coming back, so I accept all the discipline that came my way. I know it was my fault.”
Krzyzewski spoke on the process that he took in coming to the game one-game suspension.
“I think it’s appropriate, and I think the things that we’ve done are appropriate,” Krzyzewski told ESPN’s Jay Bilas. “There are things that you see or the public see, and there are things that you all don’t see and shouldn’t see or shouldn’t be talked about, and they’re called teachings.”
“You don’t need to teach out in the public all the time.”
Allen said he “shut everything off,” from social media to sports television when he went home for winter break to be with his family, where they even didn’t speak on the tripping incidents.
“The first couple of days, we didn’t talk that much, just ’cause there was just so much going on,” Allen said. “It was actually very nice just to be quiet and enjoy the company of each other. I’m very appreciative to have the parents that I do have. They’re very supportive of me, while obviously making sure I know that’s not the right thing to do.”
Allen, who was also stripped of his captaincy scored 15 points in his return to the lineup last night. Duke routed Georgia Tech 110-57 Wednesday night in Coach K’s last game until he has surgery on Friday. Krzyzewski will be out at least a month and many think he brought Allen back early so he could coach him in one last game before his month-long absent.
So we ask, did Coach K bring back Grayson Allen too early?