As if the North Carolina-Duke rivalry wasn’t heated enough, now Tyler Hansbrough has weighed in on the Coach K “look at me” party.
Hansbrough, who was known to ruffle a few feathers against the Blue Devils, when he starred at UNC from 2005-2009, said he thought maybe Mike Krzyzewski’s farewell was a bit overdone.
“The only thing I can really compare it to, and I know I’ll take some heat for this, is the Larry David Show. This season they have a guy that goes to his funeral while he’s still alive so people can tell him how good he is,” Hansbrough said in an appearance on the Packer and Durham Show on ACC Network. “I kinda thought it was one of those situations. I thought it was funny.”
Tyler Hansbrough channels his inner Larry David and Curb Your Enthusiasm with this reference about how he felt watching the Coach K “look at me” party. Hilarious! pic.twitter.com/tmWQQPEoP0— Jon Sasser (@jsasser42) March 8, 2022
Hansbrough was notably celebrating after his former team knocked off Duke, 94-81 in the final home game for Coach K, Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham. The Tar Heels have had a notably off 2022 season, as they break in new coach Hubert Davis, after their own legend – Roy Williams – retired last year.
But Hansbrough did have a bit of praise for the legendary Coach K in parting.
“Coach K deserves a lot of respect,” Hansbrough said. “Tar Heel fans… we love that.”
Duke fans can get their own digs in on Hansbrough if they’d like, though. The college basketball player of the year in 2008 has his number retired by UNC. He was selected in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Indiana Pacers. But after bouncing around for a few years, his NBA career never took off. He later went on to play in the NBA G League, and a couple of years in the Chinese Basketball Association, before the pandemic put an end to a couple of seasons.