Coach K Refutes Rumors Over Nets

Coach K Refutes Rumors Over Nets

Published Feb. 14, 2010 10:08 a.m. ET

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- The New Jersey Nets are already the laughingstock of the NBA. Now they're getting ribbed by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, too.

Coach K refuted rumors that the Nets were interested in him coaching the beleaguered team. Louisville coach Rick Pitino has also knocked down rumors that he may return to the NBA.

Krzyzewski said New Jersey had not contacted him, then cracked a couple of one-liners at the expense of Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire and the Nets' prospective buyer.

"The guy's Russian, right?" Krzyzewski said. "You think he'd hire a Polish guy?"

After chuckling, Krzyzewski said: "No one's contacted me, and if they do, I think 'nyet' would be easy for me to say."

The Nets are 4-48 at the All-Star break.