Deviled Eggs: August 9th, 2010

Every Monday morning, Crazie Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs.

Here are this week’s best:

1. Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler to train with Team USA

After impressing Team USA coaches with the Select Team, Smith and Singler are a part of a group of 10 college players who will be in New York to train with USA basketball. Team USA has an upcoming “friendly” with France, who will be playing without Tony Parker at the World Basketball Championship, at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.

2. Greg Paulus joins Navy basketball staff

Navy has a basketball team? I must have missed that. All jokes aside, congrats to the former Duke captain on his breakthrough into coaching. After a unsuccessful NFL tryout with the New Orleans Saints, Paulus will contribute to the Midshipmen this upcoming season.

3. Duke to play Marquette in early season tournament, possibly Kansas State

Having won early season tournaments in three consecutive years, Duke will head to the CBE Classic semifinals in Kansas City against a familiar foe: Marquette. In fact, the Golden Eagles beat the Blue Devils in the championship of the 2006 CBE. Should Duke avenge that loss, they will probably face Kansas State in what is likely to be a tasty Top 5 showdown.

4. Nolan keeping things in perspective

As loaded as the Blue Devils will be in 2010-2011, co-captain Nolan Smith has not let what “could be” go to his head. Sigh, I guess 40-0 really won’t happen. He recaps some of the losses the team suffered through last year and how it molded them into a championship squad.

5. Andre Dawkins and Ryan Kelly win NC Pro-Am, Nolan named MVP

Dawkins and Kelly were part of the team, Team D1 Sports, that beat Team Hendrick in the final of the Pro-Am. It’s great to see the sophomores get more and more experience, especially Ryan, who will most certainly be given rotational minutes this season. Nolan scored 36, 43 and 28 points in three games. Getting all this playing experience so close to basketball season will certainly help the Blue Devils.

6. Coach K has some tough decisions to make before Turkey

With his team short on big men, Coach K will certainly have to take an excess of guards to Istanbul and the FIBA World Championships. Needing to make three cuts to finalize the roster to 12, Stephen Curry, brother of Seth, and Eric Gordon will be under the microscope as shooting specialists. Curry, 22, and Gordon, 21, are both young and lack international experience, like many on the team, but will certainly provide shooting and defense to team USA.

Deviled Eggs: May 24th, 2010

Every Monday morning, Crazie Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs.

Here are this week’s best:

Kyrie Irving Ghostwrites for Goodman

Last week you heard from top Duke target Austin Rivers. This week, our very own Kyrie Irving writes about his perspective coming into the season, his take on the championship, and the possibility of back to back titles.

G.Hill’s Redemption Song

Grant Hill’s play has been one of the main reasons the Suns have reached the Western Conference Finals. Although he’s been assigned the daunting task of guarding Kobe Bryant, Grant has had one hell of a season and continues to represent our university with pride.

Seth Curry: “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

For him? For us? Probably both. You can check out Seth’s interview with 620 The Buzz here. You can also hear 620 The Buzz speak with future Devils Josh Hairston and Kyrie Irving. The future is absurdly bright.

Paulus Now to Coach?

So two weeks ago, we mentioned that GP3 was trying out for the Super Bowl Champions.  While it doesn’t seem like that will result in a job, there are now rumors he is looking into an assistant coaching position at Mount St. Mary’s.  Greg was always a team leader during his time here at Duke, and we’re sure he would make a great coach.

One on One with Chris Collins

Coach Collins talks Nate, Coach K, and the 2010-2011 season in this great interview with Clint Jackson. We at Crazie-Talk would also like to give a special congrats to his father, Doug, who was recently named the new head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers.  Best of luck in Philly!

Zoubs and Lance Reminisce

…thinkin’ of bliss of the good days. Tupac lyrics aside, these two interviews are two of the best I’ve ever read – from two of the most hard-working players I’ve ever had the privilege of watching. They gave everything they had on the court, and their perseverance was rewarded with the ultimate prize. Congrats to Jon, Lance, and Brian for an amazing four years at Duke. They’ve made us all proud to be Blue Devils!

Deviled Eggs: May 10th, 2010

Every Monday morning, Crazie Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs. They’re back, and they’re better than ever!

Here are this week’s best:

Austin Rivers Diary: On Duke’s Championship Banquet

Duke likes Austin Rivers. Austin Rivers likes Duke. Let’s make this happen.

GP3 trying out for the Super Bowl Champs

How hysterical would it be for all of his haters if Greg Paulus made an NFL roster? And that too, the reigning Super Bowl champions? The kid is alarmingly unathletic. Oh wait.

UPDATE: Greg impressed the Saints coaching staff enough to earn a chance to compete with former Mizzou QB Chase Daniel and Saints 7th round pick Sean Canfield for a spot on the roster (behind the pre-eminent Drew Brees). Congrats to Greg, and good luck GP2!

NBA Draft: Early Entry Deadline Winners and Losers

Obviously Duke won big with Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler choosing to return for their senior years. But more than a few teams returned key contributors to already solid teams, most notably Purdue and Michigan State. National runner-up Butler did lose out on its brightest star in Gordon Hayward, but the Dec. 4th rematch of the two finalists should be more than entertaining.

Michigan State a potential ACC/B10 foe?

Duke is due for a home matchup in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Izzo says it’s ‘probable’ that he and his pre-season number two team in the country will be making a trip to Durham, and we agree. But with the return of Purdue’s JaJuan Johnson there’s also the possibility of playing Purdue.  Regardless, Duke will be playing a fellow top three team this fall in the one and only Cameron Indoor Stadium. It should be fantastic.

UPDATE: We will play MSU according to Jeff Goodman of Fox Sports. Bring it on, Sparty.

Grant Hill: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

The first three time winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award has made every one of his coaches and teammates gush about him. After a sixteen years in the league, Grant has finally made it to Western Conference Finals with the red hot Phoenix Suns. Here’s to hoping Grant can add to his already abundant collection of finger jewelry.

Nolan’s Court

This is absolutely hysterical, but watch out for some profane language. DUI and NdotSmitty are a match made in heaven.

Deviled Eggs 9/14/09

Every Monday morning, Crazie Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs.

Here are this week’s best:

1. Coach K inducted to Army Sports Hall of Fame

…and then watches Cutcliffe, Renfree, Wright, and Duke Football defeat his alma mater in West Point. Congrats to Coaches K and Cut!

2. One-on-one with Andre Dawkins

His favorite part about Duke Basketball? The fans. We can’t wait to see the new #20 in action.

3. Kyle Singler named Preseason First Team All-American by

No surprises there. Kyle’s legend grows each time he steps on the court.

4. Kyrie Irving on Duke

We’re sitting pretty with one of the best PG’s in the nation. He’ll be in Durham the weekend of September 26th for Homecoming, all Crazies unite!

5. Being a Manager for Duke Basketball is a LOT Harder Than You Think

If you think it’s just about great seats in Cameron, you’re dead wrong.

6. Eagles QB and Syracuse alum Donovan McNabb full of praise for GP2(3)

On Greg: “He has the maturity of an older guy, being in tough games [as a Duke basketball player] and knowing how to handle it.”

Check back later this week for extensive coverage of one of the craziest traditions at Duke that took place this past weekend – Graduate Student Campout!

Deviled Eggs 9/7/09

Every Monday morning, Crazie Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs.

Here are this week’s best:


A Few Good Men: the Freshmen Trio. (courtesy of

1. Q&A with Syracuse starting quarterback Greg Paulus

GP2 displayed the qualities that endeared him to Duke fans for four years as GP3 – leadership, toughness and poise. But he left some fodder for the haters as well with that game-sealing interception.

2. SLAM Online’s Preseason Top 25

Duke at 14? Time will tell if that ranking is too low. We here at CT like Andy Katz over at ESPN better.

3. SLAM Q&A with Duke junior point guard Nolan Smith

SLAM catches up with our starting point guard, as Nolan will be running the show this year without having to look over his shoulder. In Nolan we trust.

4. A First Look at the 2009-10 Uniforms

DukeBluePlanet with a photo gallery for the jerseys that will be worn by the Blue Devils this season.

5. Kicking it Old-School with Ex-Blue Devil Howard Hurt

Howard Hurt, captain of the 1961 Blue Devil squad, remains an athlete, at 70 years of age.

6. Keeping Up with Harrison Barnes

We love Harrison Barnes. End of story.


7. 2011 Prospect James McAdoo commits to UNC

Though Duke was in the mix, UNC seemed to be the frontrunner all along.