The 18 Most Hateable Moments in Duke Basketball History

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March 12 2012 6:40 AM

Worse Than Laettner

The 18 most hateable moments in Duke basketball history.

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2005: "I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball," Krzyzewski explains pompously in an American Express ad that airs roughly eight billion times during the NCAA Tournament. “I want you armed for life. I want you to develop as a player. I want you to develop as a student, and I want you to develop as a human being,” he continues, declining to mention that the spot gives the Blue Devils an unfair recruiting advantage.

2006: Experimental poet and national player of the year J.J. Redick is arrested for drunken driving two weeks prior to the NBA draft. Redick’s agent Arn Tellem says this run-in with the law shouldn’t affect Redick’s draft status. "Everyone knows his character and his body of work during his four years where he's been a great player and person at Duke," Tellem explains.

J.J. Redick #4 of the Duke University Blue Devils.
Redick, a few months before his arrest

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2007: Duke loses to VCU in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on a last-second shot by Eric Maynor. Earlier in the game, runty Blue Devils point guard Greg Paulus performs the Duke-iest flop yet recorded, falling to the ground in a heap while a VCU ball handler sidesteps him completely. In 2009, awards Duke and Paulus with the ultimate honor: flop of the decade.


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