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Mike Krzyzewski might coach USA Basketball in 2016 Olympics

May 18, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

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For months, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has maintained he’s done as Team USA’s basketball coach.

But he might be having a change of heart. Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated:

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledged in a phone interview Saturday that he’s in discussions to return as head coach of USA Basketball through the 2016 Olympics.

“There’s a chance,” Krzyzewski said. “That’s correct.”

There’s no shortage of quality replacement options – including Doc Rivers and Gregg Popovich – if Krzyzewski steps down. After all, the 2016 coach, whoever it may be, will be coaching the most-talented team in the world.

But Krzyzewski had an especially remarkable string of success, going 62-1 with gold medals in Beijing and London since taking the job in 2006. That’s why USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo isn’t rushing Krzyzewski.

“I would never do that,” Colangelo said about talking to other candidates. “I’ve said that from the beginning, for what he’s invested in USA Basketball, he’s entitled to make his decision before anyone.”

Thamel reports a coach must be in place by a July minicamp, and I’d expect Krzyzewski to decide by then, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world if he decides to stay on and then later changes his mind. We’re still three years from 2016, and although it would be preferable to name a coach now, there’s plenty of time to handle this.

  1. saint1997 - May 18, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Nah c’mon man focus on coaching up Jabari Parker to be the next Grant Hill instead please!!

    • money2long - May 18, 2013 at 8:10 PM

      hard to pass up coaching lebron in his prime

    • erckle31 - May 18, 2013 at 8:13 PM

      Calm down bro, he can do both. Don’t you worry.

      • saint1997 - May 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM

        haha calm down? I wasn’t that mad but still its nice to be reassured

  2. oldcat157 - May 18, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    62-1 is impressive? More like expected. It had more to do with who played the game.

    • bmcstellar - May 19, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Seriously bro you don’t realize that US Basketball now plays D now! And its all from the players and nothing from Coack K. Right

    • bsoxfan98 - May 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      The important thing is that these guys come out to play for Coach K. We went about 12 years with the best players making a pass on playing. They want to play for Coach K. LeBron has been very public about that.

    • basedrum777 - May 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      You mean like they played for the few years before he joined? LOL

  3. lock13j - May 19, 2013 at 4:04 AM

    viva Rat Face!

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