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Mike Krzyzewski Publishes Poignant Letter To Late Friend Jim Valvano

The annual Jimmy V Classic will be played tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.

In honor of the occasion, which raises money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski wrote a heartfelt letter to his late friend Jim Valvano.

Krzyzewski's Duke team will play in this year's Jimmy V event. Here's the contents of the letter, which was released via Dear World:

Dear Jimmy,

You and I became brothers during the last four or five months of your life. You knew that you were dying of cancer. You were in Duke Hospital and we spent a few nights every week together.

We had many moments.

The very best moment though was when you said,

“I’m gonna die, but I’m gonna win.”

I asked you, “What do you mean?”

And you said, “I want to beat cancer. After I die, when we’ve finally beat cancer I want to be there."

I was with you when you died. And I never looked at our relationship as having a last moment. I always looked forward to the next moment.

I don’t remember the last thing I said to you, Jimmy.

And the reason I don’t is because I thought you would live forever.

Love your friend,


Touching stuff. Valvano's legacy lives on just as strong as ever today.

In fact, here's a link to his famous "Don't Give Up" speech at the 1993 ESPYs, because there's never a bad time to watch that.

No. 5 Duke takes on No. 21 Florida tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Purdue and Arizona State are also part of the event.

[ Duke Chronicle ]