Coach K calls Anthony Fauci ‘America’s point guard’ in coronavirus fight

Dr. Anthony Fauci has been anointed as “America’s point guard” in the coronavirus crisis, by none other than the legendary Coach K.

Duke University’s Mike Krzyzewski, who has five NCAA Championships to his name, chatted with Fauci on his radio show Friday, getting the lowdown on the pandemic in hoops terms — with the nation’s leading medical professional noting “we’re not even at half-time” in the fight against COVID-19.

‘If you want to do the basketball analogy, that right now we have a team that’s a very powerful team, and that’s the virus,” said Fauci who was once a New York City high school basketball player. “And what we need to do is that we’ve got to play a full-court press.”

Even with a home-court advantage, the country’s daily death toll is growing rapidly. Fauci, 79, told Krzyzewski on the coach’s show, “Basketball and Beyond” that Americans have to stay in the game and get young people to play hard too.

A veteran player who has gone man-to-man against other outbreaks like Ebola, Fauci said we can’t depend on a vaccine that won’t come for another 12-18 months.

“I mean, we can’t let them get the ball on the ground to dribble,” said Fauci. “We’ve just got to be all over them.”

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