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Coach K swears off the Lakers

Coach k

Remove this name from the list of potential Lakers coaches in waiting:

Mike Krzyzewski.

The Duke coach said at his annual summer meeting with reporters that he would not be the coach of the Lakers.

Not next year if Lakers Coach Phil Jackson were to retire.

Not ever.

Krzyzewski, who was coach of the U.S. men's team that won gold at the Beijing Olympics, said he wouldn't leave Duke "until I leave coaching." The coach made about $3.6 million from Duke last year -- a $1.4 million raise from the previous year.

Kobe Bryant has talked often about how much he admires the Blue Devils' coach and the Lakers took a run at Krzyzewski at least once before, in 2004.

Krzyzewski's pronouncement, if he stays with it, is good news for hopefuls such as Kurt Rambis, Brian Shaw and Byron Scott.

-- Mike Hiserman

Photo: USA's head coach Mike Krzyzewski kisses the crowd after his team defeated Spain and won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Photo credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times.

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