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Up next for Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski: Coaching the Nets?

April 5, 2010 |  8:35 am

Krzyzewski_400 Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski is looking to add to his resume with a fourth NCAA national title tonight.

But according to NorthJersey.com, Krzyzewski won't even need to update that already-impressive resume to land an extremely high-paying job in the NBA.

The website is reporting that billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who is expected to be approved as the owner of the New Jersey Nets on April 16, is ready to offer Krzyzewski between $12 million and $15 million a year to become his team's head coach, according to league sources.

Of course, we've been down this road before. Krzyzewski turned down a dream NBA job -- a five-year, $40-million offer to coach Kobe Bryant and the Lakers -- back in 2004. If he didn't want that, why would he want to go to one of the worst teams in NBA history (11-66 at this point)?

Krzyzewski already said he had no interest in the Nets when reports first surfaced of their interest back in February.

But as we learned here in Southern California this winter, things can change pretty quickly. After years of turning down offers and denying rumors, Pete Carroll finally bolted from USC to the NFL.

For Krzyzewski, the hefty paycheck could be hard to turn down. And the timing could be right, too -- what more could he have to prove if he does, in fact, get another NCAA title tonight?

-- Chuck Schilken

Photo: Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski speaks during an interview session for the men's NCAA Final Four on Saturday in Indianapolis. Credit: Michael Conroy / Associated Press.

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