A Salute to Coach K for His Pledge of Allegiance

Michael Jordan was in the house. So were Jerry West and Larry Bird and Olympic coaches dating to 1960, with the exception of Pete Newell, since deceased, and Bob Knight.
Jerry Colangelo had requested their attendance to begin the process of selecting a team and a coach for a three-year odyssey he was commissioned to make sure would conclude with the restoration of the United States as the world’s pre-eminent basketball power.

nytimes.com
2/18/09