By now, most of you have heard about the "controversy" stemming around Dillon Brooks and Mike Krzyzewski at the end of last night's Sweet 16 game between Oregon and Duke. In case you haven't been around the Internet today, here's a quick rundown on what (supposedly) happened.
In the handshake line after the final buzzer had sounded, Brooks said Coach K told him that he's "too good of a player to be showing off at the end." The showing off in this case was Brooks jacking up a deep three-pointer as the clock was running out at the end of the game.
Naturally, Coach K denies those comments were ever made.
"I didn't say that. You can say whatever you want. Dillon Brooks is a hell of a player. I said, 'You're a terrific player.' And you can take whatever he said and then go with it, all right?"
Awesome, so we have your classic case of he said this and the other guy said that. If Coach K did indeed criticize Brooks for taking the shot, it is likely he wasn't even watching the game at that point. If he was, he would have noticed that Brooks was simply following the rules of basketball.
When Brooks took the shot, the Ducks were leading 79-68 with about ten seconds to go. Brooks casually dribbled up, took a couple steps and drained a three-pointer from Steph Curry range. Bad sportsmanship, right? Wrong.
Brooks had two options in this situation. He could causally throw a shot up that likely wouldn't go in or he could let the shot clock expire and turn the ball over. But according to Coach K, putting up a shot as the time is about to run out on the shot clock is "bad sportsmanship." Brooks did what most any of us would do, and casually put up a shot with about two seconds left on the shot clock. If it hadn't gone in, none of us would be talking about this today. Brooks was literally just following the rules of basketball.
Fortunately, a professional lip reader looked into this. Yes, we really had to take it that far. According to David Driscoll of Silent Eye Lip Reading Translator, the conversation went a little something like this:
Coach K: "Shooting for points and glory - that was a beautiful play."
Dillon Brooks: "I'm sorry, coach. That was my bad."
If you are an expert/professional lip reader yourself, you can watch the clip for yourself below. I personally can't tell what Coach K said, but Brooks' body language suggested he was apologizing for something.
So if that's really how it went down, Coach K was feeling a little salty and Brooks handled it like a professional. End of story, case dismissed.