John Feinstein knew where he had to go. It was 1996, and Duke basketball had just won a big game in overtime, yet Coach Mike Krzyzewski was uncharacteristically absent from the Blue Devils’ locker room.
Entering Krzyzewski’s office, Feinstein found the coach kneeling and weeping uncontrollably about the recent death of his mother. Feinstein put his hand gently on the coach’s shoulder.
“John,” Krzyzewski said, “I just miss her so much.”
Moments later, Krzyzewski gathered himself and entered his team’s locker room, Feinstein by his side, a courtesy almost never granted to media members.
Tearfully, Krzyzewski told …