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Who is Jon Scheyer? What to know about Mike Krzyzewski’s replacement at Duke

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Who is Jon Scheyer? What to know about Mike Krzyzewski's replacement at Duke

For the first time since 1980, there will be a new face at the helm of the Duke men’s basketball program. 

On Wednesday, it was reported that Mike Krzyzewski will retire from his post as head coach of the Blue Devils after the 2021-22 season. 

Krzyzewski has been the main figure on the sidelines for the past 42 years, but already a name has emerged as a replacement: Jon Scheyer. 

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And according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, Scheyer is going to officially be the new head coach at Duke. 

But just who is the potential successor to the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history? Here’s what you need to know.

Former Duke star on the court

Scheyer has plenty of experience not just working for Coach K, but also as a player for the legendary coach. 

Scheyer, a native of Northbrook, Ill., played for Duke from 2006 through 2010. The 6-5 guard was a dynamic threat on the floor, becoming the only player in program history to reach 2,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists, 250 3-pointers and 200 steals, according to his page on Duke’s website. His 2,077 career points are the 10th-most of any Blue Devil. 

He was twice named a captain of the team and during his four years for the Blue Devils, Duke went 115-29, appearing in the NCAA Tournament each season and winning the national championship in the 2009-10 campaign. He appeared in all 144 games for Duke, marking the second-longest streak of consecutive games played in program history. 

Scheyer saved his best season for last. In 2010, as a senior, he was named a second-team All-American and first-team All-ACC after scoring double-digit points in all but two games, averaging 18.2 points, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

Duke wasn’t his first taste of success, however. He arrived after an outstanding high school career. Playing for Glenbrook North High, he was twice named Gatorade’s Illinois Player of the Year and earned McDonald’s and Parade All-American honors as a senior. During his final year, he made headlines when he scored 21 points in just 75 seconds of a game. When he left for Durham, he was the fourth-highest scorer in state history at 3,034 points and was the only player in state history to rank top 10 in points, assists and steals at the end of his career. 

After Duke, he played in the NBA G League team the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2011 before international stints with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2011-12 in Israel and with Gran Canaria from 2012 to 2013 in Spain. While with Maccabi Tel Aviv, he kept his winning ways going, taking home the Israeli Cup and Israeli League Cup championships. 

Coaching experience

Scheyer returned to Krzyzewski and Duke after his professional career wrapped up, joining the coaching staff as a special assistant in the 2013-14 season and moving up to assistant coach before taking on the role of associate head coach, a position he has held since 2017-18. 

On his Duke coaching bio, the Blue Devils credit him with playing a vital role in the mentoring and development of a number of NBA Draft picks, including Tyus Jones, Luke Kennard, Frank Jackson, RJ Barrett and Tre Jones. 

Just as Krzyzewski has coached the USA Olympic teams, so too has Scheyer taken his talents to coaching at the national level. In 2020, Scheyer was named the head coach of the U.S. team that will compete in the 21st Maccabiah, a tournament held every four years since 1932 with only World War II interrupting the games, in Israel. The games will be held in 2022. 

“Jon’s pedigree cannot be matched; few people have had such an accomplished career in basketball collectively as a player and coach,” Josh Schachter, co-chair of Open Men’s Basketball for the 21st Maccabiah said in a release. “We could not be more excited to have Jon lead the United States Men’s Basketball team at the 2022 Maccabiah. The young men selected to the team will have the opportunity to learn and be mentored by one of the premier basketball minds in the world. We are very fortunate that Jon has a passion for the Maccabiah and is eager to embark on this journey with us.”

Nearly left Duke

If the Blue Devils make the commitment to Scheyer, they will be locking him down not long after he was reportedly considered to take over another basketball program. 

A report earlier in the year from NBC Chicago’s David Kaplan said that when DePaul had a vacancy for the helm of its men’s basketball program, the Blue Demons reportedly interviewed the Blue Devils’ associate head coach about stepping in to fill the role. 

Duke has clearly seen Scheyer as someone capable of filling in for Krzyzewski, however. Earlier in the season, when Krzyzewski was forced to miss time because of contact tracing related to a family member testing positive for COVID-19, Scheyer stepped in to coach the game, according to Sports Illustrated. Scheyer picked up the win in Krzyzewski’s absence, 83-82 against Boston College. 

“I’d be lying if I said this did not mean a lot to me,” Scheyer said in the report. “Naturally, you want to step up and have Coach’s back as a staff. I’ve always wanted to win. You’re going into this game and you get one chance so you want to do the best job you can preparing. It wasn’t pretty all the time. I’m proud of the preparation we had as a staff. I’m proud of the decisions in game, although there’s always things you could do better or differently. To start off this way and get a win … it’s easier to call Coach after the game. I may not sleep tonight now. But just to move on and go from here. It meant a lot and I’m very proud.”

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76ers vs. Hawks live score, updates, highlights from Game 7 of NBA playoff series

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Doc Rivers hasn’t won a Game 7 in his last three chances, but he’ll look to change his recent misfortune as the 76ers take on the Hawks Sunday night.

Philadelphia staved off elimination in a 104-99 Game 6 win over Atlanta and now will return to the Wells Fargo Center in the hopes of polishing off Trae Young’s Hawks. Seth Curry and Tyrese Maxey were excellent in Philly’s last game, but the team will continue to rely heavily on Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris as they look to advance in Rivers’ first year as the 76ers coach.

Meanwhile, the Hawks have little to lose in this contest. Few expected Atlanta to make any sort of playoff run, let alone take the Sixers to a Game 7.

However, interim coach Nate McMillan organized an epic turnaround after taking over the team midway through the season. He went 27-11 in his 38 regular-season games as coach and led the 5-seed Hawks to a 4-1 series win over the Knicks.

McMillan is strongly preferred to return as Atlanta’s coach next season, but a win in Game 7 would bolster his chances of staying in charge of the Hawks. Or, it could become a valuable bargaining chip for him while negotiating his future salary.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from 76ers vs. Hawks to decide the Eastern Conference playoff series. Follow below for complete results from Game 7.

76ers vs. Hawks score

Game 7 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
76ers 28 28
Hawks 25 25

76ers vs. Hawks live updates, highlights from Game 7

(All times Eastern)

8:50 p.m. — Trae Young has picked up a technical foul.

8:48 p.m. — Joel Embiid throws down a monster dunk that brought the Wells Fargo Center to life. What a play.

8:46 p.m. — Ben Simmons and George Hill combine for a nice little and-one opportunity.

8:45 p.m. — Trae Young ends his cold stretch with a 3-point make. He now has seven points on one of seven shooting.

8:43 p.m. — Kevin Huerter missed his first shot of the game. He’s now four of five from the field with nine points.

8:40 p.m. — The Hawks had no turnovers in the first quarter. It took them over 14 minutes of game action to commit one. That’s one of the main reasons they’re leading in spite of Trae Young’s early shooting struggles.

8:38 p.m. — After Danilo Gallinari makes back-to-back 3-point shots, every Hawk to shoot so far has made at least one basket… except for Trae Young. Despite that, the Hawks lead by five.

8:34 p.m. — Nate McMillan’s takeaways from the first quarter: He likes how the Hawks offense is operating but wants them to allow fewer free throws. Sounds about right.

8:32 p.m. — The Hawks and Sixers each have a player with two fouls. Seth Curry has two for Philly while Clint Capela picked up his second at the end of the first quarter. Capela is key in the battle against Joel Embiid, so the Hawks will keep a close eye on him.

End of first quarter: 76ers 28, Hawks 25

8:29 p.m. — Trae Young hasn’t made shots in the first quarter — he’s 0-6 from the floor — but he has four points at the free throw line. Still, the Hawks will need more from him to win this one. They’re lucky to be down just 28-25 after one quarter. Also, Joel Embiid made a great shot to end the quarter.

8:27 p.m. — Lou Williams’ first shot is a make, but it took a while before it decided to go down.

8:25 p.m. — Matisse Thybulle makes his first 3-point shot. He didn’t score in Game 6.

8:18 p.m. — Kevin Huerter has made his first four shots and has nine points. His contributions are vital with Trae Young missing his first four shots.

8:17 p.m. — Seth Curry picks up his second foul about halfway through the first quarter. He has averaged 30 points over his last two games, so this is a big development for the 76ers.

8:14 p.m. — Joel Embiid just hit a tough shot falling away from the basket. That gives the 76ers their first lead of the game, 15-13 going into the first commercial break.

8:10 p.m. — The Hawks are making some nice passes off the bat. Trae Young finds Clint Capela for an alley-oop.

8:08 p.m. — Joel Embiid has the first six points for the 76ers. Kevin Huerter has five of the first seven for the Hawks.

8:07 p.m. — Last night, Charles Barkley guaranteed the Bucks would beat the Nets. He was right. Tonight, he is on the Sixers.

8:03 p.m. — 76ers win the tipoff. Furkan Korkmaz misses the first shot of the game. John Collins starts the scoring with a two-point bucket for the Hawks.

7:55 p.m. — Shaq wants Ben Simmons to be aggressive in this one and not worry about the free throw issues he has been having.

7:50 p.m. — No surprises with the Hawks starting lineup either. Trae Young, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kevin Huerter, John Collins and Clint Capela will begin the game for Atlanta.

7:37 p.m. — The Sixers’ starting five is in. It’s the same as Game 6: Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Furkan Korkmaz, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid.

7:30 p.m. — Joel Embiid and the Sixers are getting in some pregame work.

7:25 p.m. — Who wore it better, Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid?

76ers vs. Hawks start time

  • Time: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
  • TV channel: TNT
  • Live stream: Watch TNT

Game 7 between the 76ers and Hawks is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 20. It will be televised nationally on TNT.

NBA playoff schedule 2021

(All times Eastern)

June 20

Game Time National TV
Clippers vs. Suns 3:30 p.m. ABC
Hawks vs. 76ers 8 p.m. TNT

June 22

Game Time National TV
Clippers vs. Suns 9 p.m. ESPN

June 24

Game Time National TV
Suns vs. Clippers 9 p.m. ESPN

June 26

Game Time National TV
Suns vs. Clippers 9 p.m. ESPN

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Padres’ Manny Machado wore the perfect Father’s Day footwear

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Manny Machado’s got heat on feet. Kind of.

While ostentatious, loud and colorful cleats are all the rage in baseball, the Padres’ star third baseman dialed it down on Father’s Day. Like, a lot down.

Machado took the field wearing a pair of Nike Air Monarch cleats — the preeminent, iconic dad shoe — during San Diego’s Dad Day matchup vs. the Reds.

The Monarchs have fostered a reputation for being an unforgettable dad-worn sneaker, making Machado’s footwear a tremendous salute to fathers (and grillmasters) around the country.

What makes the cleats even better is that they are in the classic white, silver and navy blue colorway, which is the only way to wear those bad boys. While these are Jordan Brand player-exclusive cleats, they’re dad-exclusive away from the field.

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Machado has worn all different makes of cleats throughout his career, usually flashy and gaudy types. The All-Star infielder has worn Jordan 11s, 12s, 4s and a bunch of others on the field.

Still, lacing up a pair of Grillmaster 5s on Father’s Day earned him plenty of praise from fans who understood the tribute:

You’ll probably be able to catch Machado after the game at a BBQ near you, likely cracking some bad puns and calling everyone “big guy.”

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Nets’ Kevin Durant joining Team USA for Tokyo Olympics after Game 7 loss vs. Bucks, report says

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Kevin Durant isn’t going to be taking much time off this summer.

In fact, he appears to be ready for more action despite playing all 53 minutes of the Nets’ Game 7 overtime loss to the Bucks and scoring a game-high 48 points. And he’s joining another super team that has title hopes.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Durant is expected to commit to Team USA ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

Durant would become the sixth player to commit to Team USA, joining another player with Olympic experience, Draymond Green, and four first-time Olympians: Damian Lillard, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal and Devin Booker.

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Durant competed in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. He averaged 19.5 points at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro and 19.4 points at the 2012 London Olympics.

In addition, Durant shot 54.6 percent from the shorter-range international 3-point line at the two tournaments and has compiled a 39-0 record in international play.

Team USA can now turn its attention to its remaining question marks with Durant’s commitment reportedly secured. Anthony Davis and LeBron James won’t be participating in this year’s Olympics, but Stephen Curry was “50-50” about competing in the event.

Either way, Team USA should be considered the top threat at the 2021 Summer Games with Durant in the fold.

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