Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 at 10:20 am  |  16 responses

LeBron James Endorses Gregg Popovich as Next U.S. Olympic Coach

LeBron would be happy to see Gregg Popovich at the helm of USA Basketball once Coach K steps away from the gig. Reports Fox Sports: “James, the Miami forward, said Tuesday that Popovich, who has coached San Antonio to four NBA titles, would be a great choice for U.S. Olympic coach in 2016 if Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t return. ‘Absolutely,’ James said. ‘He knows the game. He knows the players. And he’s coached enough stars at San Antonio. I think he’d be great (as Olympic coach). If Coach K decides he doesn’t want to do it any more, I think Coach Popovich would be a great candidate. His resume speaks for itself.’ Popovich has Olympic experience. He served as an assistant to Larry Brown in the 2004 Athens Games, although Team USA managed just a bronze medal. [...] It would be a surprise if Krzyzewski is back for 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Wade, a Miami guard, already has said 2012 will his last Olympics, but it’s possible James and Anthony, a New York forward, still could be around for what would be a Team USA record fourth Olympic appearance. ‘Don’t commit me yet,’ James said of 2016. ‘We’ll see.’ As for Popovich, 62, is he interested in being a future Olympic coach? He was noncommittal when asked Tuesday. ‘I don’t even think about stuff like that,’ Popovich said before a 120-98 loss to the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. ‘I just worry about tonight.’”

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  • DeeDre

    Cool. A defensive minded coach would make since with a team with mostly scorers

  • DeeDre


  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    *U.S. loses gold medal game as Popovich rests starters*

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ


  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Seth ftw!

  • DerekG

    Seth at the buzzer! LOL!!!

  • Riggs

    haha Seth

  • Ldub

    Bobby Knight! Im sure he could throw a chair or two to get USA pumped up if they were down by 6 in the 1st qtr.

  • Conor O.

    Quarter-Season Joke MVP: Seth.

  • http://wikipedia.org Eddie

    I be like the 2007 Kobe of Slam jokes. I put out quality illuminati humor and yet I don’t get the recognition I deserve. What up wit that?

  • bike

    Not Mike Brown? Or Erick? Wow, LeBron is a cold-hearted mutha

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    bike: maybe he just doesn’t want to sound like an idiot?

  • Orange


    ^^ this guy called him scottie pippin james.

    “louq. SEE” “see?” “lawd” xD

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    eddie, quality?

  • Red

    Coach Thibs

  • fitzy

    who cares who he endorses. if they accommodate him it just shows they have no balls and are babying him