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Coach K weighs in on the Anthony Edwards-Michael Jordan comparisons

Published May 12, 2024 at 3:43 PM
BY KEVIN BARREAU
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The NBA playoffs have thrown the spotlight onto Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, captivating even the legendary Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Despite never coaching him, Krzyzewski has been closely monitoring Edwards' explosive performances, acknowledging his rise as one of the playoff's shining stars.


"Everyone knew he was really good, but the playoffs give opportunities for players to get to another level."

Krzyzewski shared in an interview with CBS Sports. Edwards' standout moments include dropping 43 points against the reigning champions, underscoring his potential to redefine his career trajectory under the bright lights of postseason play.


Yet, as Edwards' play draws inevitable comparisons to Michael Jordan, Krzyzewski advises caution.

"Jordan is as good as anyone who has ever played, Anthony Edwards is 23 years old. Michael Jordan did it his entire career."

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he noted, highlighting the premature nature of such comparisons and suggesting that sustained excellence over time is the true measure of greatness.

While the hype builds, Krzyzewski also praised the Timberwolves' construction around Edwards, pointing to the unique setup with big men like Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert that defies the league's trend away from traditional centers. His insights not only reflect a deep understanding of the game's evolution but also an appreciation for what makes this year's playoffs particularly thrilling.

As the Timberwolves push forward, Krzyzewski's seasoned perspective reminds us to appreciate the present achievements of rising stars like Edwards without rushing to crown them too soon. His commentary enriches the ongoing narrative of a postseason that has been as competitive as ever, filled with physical and emotional battles that define the NBA's playoff drama.

Source CBS Sports: Coach K explains why the Anthony Edwards and Michael Jordan comparisons should slow down: 'Give him some time'
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