Coach K explains why comparisons between Anthony Edwards and Michael Jordan should be tempered: ‘Give him some time’

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has significantly elevated his performance during the NBA playoffs, drawing the attention of many, including Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Krzyzewski, who has coached numerous basketball greats at Duke and for Team USA, never coached Edwards but is closely following the former Georgia Bulldog.

“Everyone knew Anthony Edwards was good, but the playoffs provide opportunities for players to reach a new level if they can,” Krzyzewski told CBS Sports before an event for the V Foundation. “That’s what happened with Edwards. He has not only shined but has been amazing.”

One standout moment for Edwards was his 40-point game in the first round against the Suns, featuring seven 3-pointers and helping Minnesota sweep the series. He continued to impress with 43 points in Game 1 of the second round against the defending champions in Denver. Edwards and the Wolves will play again on Sunday night, aiming for a 3-1 series lead.

As the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, Edwards’ playoff performance has led to comparisons with six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan. Krzyzewski, who coached against a young Jordan and was an assistant on the “Dream Team” with Jordan in the 1992 Olympics, believes it’s too early for such comparisons.

“People should slow down with comparisons,” Krzyzewski said. “Jordan is one of the greatest ever, and Anthony Edwards is just 23. Jordan’s greatness spanned his entire career. Edwards has the potential to be a superstar, but we need to give him time to prove himself.”

Krzyzewski also praised Timberwolves president Tim Connelly for building a strong team around Edwards, highlighting the unusual yet effective combination of big men Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert.

He acknowledged the competitive nature of the Western Conference, noting that the series against Denver shouldn’t be taken lightly and commending the Oklahoma City Thunder for their performance.

Krzyzewski, who sees his former player Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics as favorites in the East, is leaning toward the Timberwolves in the West. Despite retiring from coaching in 2022, he remains actively involved in basketball as a special adviser to NBA basketball operations and an ambassador to Duke.

Krzyzewski is also hosting the inaugural Chicago Epicurean in September, a culinary event supporting the V Foundation for Cancer Research, continuing his commitment to impactful activities.

“I’ve had the privilege to coach great teams, and being on the V Foundation is another great team. Winning this game requires daily commitment,” Krzyzewski said.