Thursday, February 11, 2016
There is a certain standard of excellence for the men's basketball program at Duke University which ranks them as elite. They are almost always in the in line for national title contention, produce NBA players, and are led by one of the best coaches in the history of basketball. After winning the national title last year, they have struggled to live up to the expectations of their program during this season. While their record would be more than acceptable at most schools, the team has struggled to find the normal expected consistency of Duke basketball.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski recognizes this and was quoted after a recent of losses saying, "The margin between us winning and losing is narrow... we need to realize who we are." I think Coach K is saying his team needs to recognize their identity and learn to adapt their style based on that reality. If they are not as talented as their teams have been in the past, they will need to work harder to achieve their goal of winning. Their margin for error is less than it might have been in previous years.
This honest self-assessment isn't always easy to undertake, but it's essential if we want to be successful. We need to know who we are and what we're capable of doing to discover areas we can improve. I believe we can surpass some personal levels with reshaping and dedication, but this is less feasible without an understanding of who we currently are.