LONDON – When you make a joke to an international audience – even a pretty good one – you run the risk of being misinterpreted.
That happened to U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski Friday night following his team’s 26-point win over Argentina to push the U.S. into Sunday's gold-medal game against Spain. In the U.S. press conference a TV reporter from America asked given this team of superstars: “How much coaching is really involved?”
You could tell Coach K was irritated a little by the question, but he defused it with humor.
“None,” he said. “You got it. Absolutely none. I’m out every night with my family, drunk as a skunk. Wait until you see me tonight. I’ll get in at 6 a.m., and you all are invited to come out with me. We just roll out the damn ball and that’s it. You got it. I don’t know how you figured that out.”
Most of the room laughed. Then, five minutes later, a foreign reporter started a question to Kevin Durant like this: “Kevin, Coach K says he has been going out drinking a lot. What have you….”
Krzyzewski interrupted him then, telling the reporter he had been joking. “Oh, sorry,” the reporter said. “I didn’t catch the irony.”
I thought that was funny, too. The guy knows the word “irony” but didn’t get the joke about “drunk as a skunk”?