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Report: Mike D’Antoni will not return as Team USA assistant coach

May 22, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

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We mentioned this in our story telling you Mike Krzyzewski will be back as head coach of Team USA for the 2016 Olympics — there might be some changes to his staff.

One bit of news is in — Mike D’Antoni is out as an assistant coach, reports Marc Berman at the New York Post.

According to the source, D’Antoni, who now coaches the Lakers, turned down the job as he didn’t want to make another four-year commitment because of his family….

“He wants to stay married,” the source said.

D’Antoni has enough on his hands as coach of the Lakers.

D’Antoni was a coach with Team USA since 2006, and was with Krzyzewski through the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 ones in London — both gold medals for Team USA.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim (and his zone defense) will be back. No word yet on whether or not Nate McMillan will stay on the staff, nor who will replace him.

Krzyzewski will be announced as the coach at a press conference scheduled by Team USA on the Duke campus Thursday.

Now, enjoy the comments on this post where Lakers fans take it in a completely different direction.

  1. 4thquartermagic - May 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    Is this so NBA *superstar Dwight Howard will join Team USA?

  2. khmerson562 - May 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Wish he didn’t return as lakers head coach.

  3. lew24 - May 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    I got real excited until it said, “Team USA.”

    I was kind of hoping it would say Lakers!

  4. hojo20 - May 22, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    DAntoni will be fired in less than a year anyway, so it’s not like he’ll have anything else to do.

  5. hoodheisman - May 22, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    We want Phil!!!
    We want Phil!!!
    We want Phil!!!

  6. 13arod - May 22, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    good now take him off the lakers

  7. 00maltliquor - May 23, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Who hated/hates D’Antoni more, Lakers fans…or Knicks fans?

    Thumbs up for Lakers
    Thumbs down for Knicks

  8. omniusprime - May 23, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Geez what a non story, good for Team USA basketball though. Now if we could only hear the joyful news that Dumbtoni won’t be returning to ruin the next Laker’s season. Dumbtoni has always been and will always be the wrong coach for the Lakers. If he’s still coach at the beginning of the season then I won’t bother watching the Lakers on tv.


  9. florida727 - May 23, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    In all seriousness I could never understand the berating of a coach in the NBA. The NBA is a players’ game, not a coaches’ game like it is in college. Sure, the coach has his “system” and certain coaches have certain reputations that players more readily buy into, but in the end do you think it was Spolstra that won last night’s game for the Heat? I give him credit for not turning the ball over, but he also didn’t score a point or grab a rebound the entire game. It’s almost as if he wasn’t even on the… never mind.

    As far as Team USA goes, the blend of NBA and college coaches is what works best, obviously. Don’t be surprised if Popovich replaces D’Antoni, IF it’s an NBA coach that fills that slot.

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