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Report: Mike Krzyzewski to return, coach Team USA in 2016 Olympics

May 22, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

The U.S. head coach Krzyzewski watches his team against Spain during their men's gold medal  basketball match at the North Greenwich Arena in London during the London 2012 Olympic Games Reuters

Looks like Kevin Love will not have to do any recruiting after all.

After saying before, during and immediately after Team USA won the gold medal in London last summer that he was done as the head coach of the team, Mike Krzyzewski has had a change of heart.

Coach K will be back to coach USA Basketball in the 2016 Olympics in Rio, reports Pete Thamel at Sports Illustrated.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will be returning as the head coach of USA Basketball for the 2016 Olympics, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. A formal announcement is expected in the next 48 hours.

USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo had long wanted this outcome and was patient in the process of picking a replacement — such as Gregg Popovich or Doc Rivers — in hopes he could convince Krzyzewski to change his mind. Apparently Colangelo is a good salesman.

This is good news for people who like to see Team USA wearing gold.

Krzyzewski was 62-1 as coach for Team USA during the past eight years. The reason is players come to play for him — after it had been the trend for elite players not to suit up for Team USA Coach K helped change that. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and pretty much every name player was ready to go for Team USA.

Coach K has the stature to rise above the petty politics of agents and shoe companies and get players to both suit up for the team and to check their egos at the door. Kobe was willing to focus just as a defensive stopper (although he still took a few shots). Krzyzewski put together a pressing, up-tempo system that was both fun to play and highlighted Team USA’s athletic advantages. It worked. And guys like to win.

And with him at the helm, Team USA winning in Brazil in 2016 seems even more likely.

Coach K will start the cycle again with a Team USA camp in Vegas this summer, next summer come the World Championships (win that and you get an automatic berth in the Rio Olympics). Expect some changes to his coaching staff, however — Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan may not return. That is not decided yet, however.

  1. 4thquartermagic - May 22, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    I know this may be important and that I should care…. but I don’t.

    Basketball is a star driven sport. Coaching schemes play a part but talent wins out 9 out of 10 times.

    • joeandcambria - May 22, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Tell that to the 2004 Pistons.

    • erckle31 - May 22, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Please explain my Lakers this season then.

      • 4thquartermagic - May 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        Easy. 2012-2013 Lakers had:

        broken down Pau
        broken down Nash
        Kobe that broke down
        and Dwight who is just Dwight.

        And DESPITE their clown coach, STILL made the playoffs.

        Lakers had no business being in the playoffs, yet talent still won out and they had a shot at the trophy. More talented teams prevailed though.

      • erckle31 - May 22, 2013 at 4:59 PM

        Now explain the Bulls.

      • 4thquartermagic - May 22, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        Easier. Derrick Rose.

      • erckle31 - May 22, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        Your statement just won me this argument.

      • 4thquartermagic - May 22, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        I say Derrick Rose because the Bulls never had a shot at the title with him out. No Bulls fan would argue that.

        The fact that they made the playoffs, and as far as they did in the playoffs, is because they play in the East.

      • ccshocktalk - May 23, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        Derrick Rose or not, the Bulls made it a lot further than they should have missing Rose’s backup and having their bench grind out a series against a extremely talented Brooklyn squad, and then also putting Miami in a tough position virtually every game.

        If Thibs wasn’t on the sideline for Chicago, Chicago wouldn’t have made it out of the first round. Simple as that. Backups backups were starting for the bulls…no other team would be able to push Miami, possibly the best team in the league, the way Chicago did if it was not for coaching.

  2. tomtravis76 - May 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    He has to keep coaching team USA to stay one leg up on the Kentucky program in terms of recruitment.

  3. jaydm84 - May 22, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Good move for him and for team USA.

  4. herkulease - May 22, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Hopefully in 2016 Team USA doesn’t experience some injury bug.

    Quite a few guys were unable to come out due to injury for 2012.

    Wade was hurt. Howard had his back issue. Bynum was planning on getting knee treatment. Bosh was hurt, Aldridge too. Griffin got hurt during try outs. I’m sure I missed others.

    By 2016 many will be 30+ with likely plenty of extra playoff minutes logged on their legs.

  5. ccshocktalk - May 22, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Hearing this makes me more giddy than a kid in a candy store! Coach K makes team USA as great as it has been…he gets team players that are talented, not just superstars who have no team chemistry or desire to be a “team”…it’s what makes Coach K great.

  6. money2long - May 22, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    hard to pass up coaching bron in his prime. as you can see, coach k wants that experience.

  7. starvingardens - May 22, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Glad to hear one of the best coaches ever has decided to give it another run.

    Now he can finally let Steph Curry make the roster, and show the world what he can do.

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