What did Duke want to achieve with its overseas Friendship Games trip?
CC: We wanted to build chemistry. Almost half the team is new, and they're learning things like where guys like the ball on the floor. And we expect [the returning guys] to take a jump up from the roles they played in the past.
SI: HOW WILL COACH K REACT TO BREAKING THE ALLTIME WINS RECORD THIS YEAR?
CC: I DON'T SENSE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY HE'LL APPROACH THINGS. HE'S ALREADY WON ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING—NATIONAL TITLES, A GOLD MEDAL—AND HE COMES IN HUNGRY ABOUT DOING MORE.
How excited should fans of college basketball be about Austin Rivers?
CC: He's an explosive talent. When things break down, he can create something out of nothing. He's also a great student of the game, and he's used to the spotlight. Talentwise, the sky's the limit.
Several members of the program have had NBA dads, including you [Doug], Rivers [Doc], Seth Curry [Dell] and Alex Murphy [Jay]. Is there a difference when a player has that type of pedigree?
CC: They've seen what it takes to be successful. Those guys have all been exposed to things you can't really teach.