MK: He could be, and that would be fine. Whatever Kyrie wants to do, we are fully supportive. He's a beautiful kid. He really is a superstar for college. For him to be out and miss all this, he could have a bad attitude or a pity party every day. Just the opposite—he's been magnificent.
How do you compare Irving to what you saw of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the NFL playoffs?
MK: You only see what the camera shows. The stuff that they showed of Jay was not impressive. It looks like he wasn't into the game. Hearing from some of the other players, they said he was. You're a slave to whatever TV shows you. I'm not going to cut the guy up, because I wasn't there. I can see what Kyrie's doing. He's in our huddle. We talked to our guys about that. If you're a starter and a sub is in for you, give that sub support. When you get into the game, you're mentally into the game.
Jerry Sloan stepped down after 23 years. Do you think about giving up coaching?
MK: There are moments. For someone who's been in his profession for a long time and who has had success, there are moments.
When do those moments come?
MK: It's when you get really tired. It's not necessarily after a loss. Sometimes it's before a game, when you have a little harder time getting as emotionally into it as you would like. That happens once or twice a year for me. I think you're not a human being unless you experience a little bit of that. And a lot is expected of us. A great performance is expected every time. That's the standard that we've [set]. Not that we achieve it every time, but we attempt to. When we don't, that's going to be news. That's a big emotional investment for every game.
• Screen Idol
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said he's going to return next season with the Ravens, but he's already spent time thinking about life after football. Lewis told me he's wanted to act his whole life, and he doesn't want to be pigeonholed as an action hero. "I'm not going to be like the Rock," Lewis said. "I'm going to be like me. I'm very versatile. I can definitely go into action. But action is probably the easiest one. Possibly drama, suspense." Lewis thinks he can do romantic comedy as well, and proposed Salma Hayek as a potential costar.
• Tobacco Road Rage