Former Duke player Abdelnaby interviews Coach K

Feb. 19, 2013 @ 11:25 AM

 A part of three Final Four teams for Duke from 1988-90, Alaa Abdelnaby brought a unique perspective to his work assignment last month.

Abdelnaby, a college basketball analyst for the CBS Sports Network, sat down with his former coach, Mike Krzyzewski, for a one-on-one interview that will air in a 30-minute special on the network at 6:30 p.m. tonight.

“I’ve done interviews before with people I look up to and admire,” Abdelnaby said, “but Coach K was different because those guys I didn’t play for. He knows me well. It’s a different dynamic when you sit across from him than Dr. J or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He opened up. He relaxed. We ran the gamut of emotions. He got a little emotional. I’m very, very pleased and proud of the interview.”

Abdelnaby and Krzyzewski discussed the coach’s entire Duke career, which began when he was hired in 1980. In one part where Krzyzewski admitted getting emotional, he told a story off the time his daughter, Debbie, was picked on as a Northern High School student the day after the Blue Devils lost a Duke-UNC game.

“We talk about his early struggles and how it affected not just him, but the people around him,” Abdelnaby said. “I didn’t want it to be just like any other interview. I didn’t want it to be anything we had seen before. Even if it was the same subject, we looked at it from a different angle. I wanted viewers to see the Coach K I know as opposed to the Coach K you see in postgame interview or on the sidelines during a game.”

The interview was taped last month in the Duke basketball offices. CBS Sports Network provided a two-minute clip here: