Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  26 responses

Should Doc Rivers Coach Team USA in 2016?

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers is at the Olympics doing some TV work, and Yahoo! Sports argues that he’d be the ideal candidate to replace Mike Krzyzewski as Team USA’s bench boss: “He’s come to London to work in the studio for NBC Sports on Olympic basketball, but his trip’s been an excuse to grab a notebook and visit Spain and Brazil and Argentina practices. He has a resumé with USA Basketball, including one job as a gold-medal assistant in the Goodwill Games. USA Basketball will be searching for a national team coach in 2016, and however the structure of Olympic basketball changes, Rivers is an ideal candidate. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich deserves the foremost consideration, but that will never happen with Jerry Colangelo running USA Basketball and Mike Krzyzewski staying on in some kind of emeritus role. It’s a shame, because Popovich has a peerless NBA and international coaching resumé. If a mutual distaste with Colangelo won’t allow Popovich the opportunity, Rivers deserves close examination. He’s the best coach for the traditional Olympic format of NBA stars, or the proposed under-23 change that could include his son, Austin Rivers. His son, the 10th overall pick of the New Orleans Hornets last month, is part of a late-teen generation of players the Celtics coach has watched grow and develop with Austin. ‘To represent your country is the absolute best honor,’ Rivers said, ‘and if you ever get the opportunity, it would be hard to turn down.’ Rivers still gets misty-eyed telling the stories of his national team memories as a player and coach, but does wonder how easily pro coaches who push deep into the NBA playoffs could prepare for a July training camp and Olympic Games. ‘In some ways, it’s easier for Mike [Krzyzewski],’ Rivers said. ‘He has a 30-game schedule.’ [...] With Krzyzewski staying a part of the Olympic program, it will be fascinating to see whether he gives his blessing to the hiring of a college coach in 2016. What’s more, with the NBA wanting to further control how its players are used, the commissioner’s office also will have a say.”

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  • Yann Blavec

    It’s wierd Phil Jackson has never been an Olympian coach.

  • Riggs

    well pop should be, but given his beef with colangelo, doc would be perfect. I know the USA team gets along well but Doc really knows how to make his players play their role.

  • justin

    I think we are all confused as to how or why Coach Kay became the hc

  • T-Money

    nah… give it to coach cal. it’s less awkward to have a coach outside of the nba.

  • KDTreyCinco

    ^ coach cal coaches the Dominican republic

  • T-Money

    kdtreycinco: i know that but the contract doesn’t run til 2016.

  • pposse

    what is pops beef with colangelo stem from?

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Doc Rivers would be excellent for Team USA. Hubie Brown would be great aswell, but he’s far too old now.

  • KDTreyCinco

    Mark Jackson!

  • Basketball_iQ

    Why would phil jackson coach olympics? Its not his style & anyone who knows basketball in & out, knows he wouldn’t fit.
    With that said, Doc Rivers is the best candidate.
    colangelo & coach k have already endorsed him as such.
    When he came to boston, paul pierce was just like carmelo, isolation ball movement stopper, just worried about getting his. Waaaaaaaaay before kg & ray got there, he made paul understand the importance of getting easy buckets by letting the pg run the offense & integrating ball movement making everyone on the court a threat.
    Basically, TEAM.

  • Fresh Boirdee

    I too would like to know the history behind Pops and Colangelo’s beef.

  • LA Huey

    Pop’s Spurs killed Colangelo’s Suns.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    I would love to see Pop coach Team USA. Popovich would be the first Olympic coach to rest his starters in the middle of the tournament. F**k Jerry Colangelo though for being petty and holding grudges

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Jerry is still bitter about that Spurs-Suns rivalry. Pops and his Spurs squad enjoyed defeating the Suns regulary in Playoff series to the point where Jerry couldn’t take it. I don’t see the big deal though, I mean, in 2010, Suns got their revenge with that 4-0 sweep.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    my vote is for Stan Van Gundy

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    YES. Doc Rivers is right up there in the coach ranks behind Pop.

  • http://Slamonline Boydsterous1

    I think coach K is the perfect man for the job! no question!

  • pposse

    if anything Colangelo should be pissed at David Stern for ruining that epic series some years ago when they suspended Amare for crucial game 5 in PHX (i believe) for standing up. That still has to be the most careless decision i have seen by an authority figure in any sport ever. If anyone knows what i am talkin about, i was wondering if the spurs won it all that year?

  • Heals

    Reunite Doc and Thibs in 2016! Anyway check out nesn.com or yahoo for some new Doc quotes on RayRay leaving, it’s good stuff and real honest…

  • bdogg

    sure..i think he could be a good coach if coach k does not want to continue on..would be a great fit i think!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Tom Thibodeau a la’ my Chicago bias.

  • LA Huey

    ppisse, the Spurs went on to sweep that year.

  • FnF

    Jerry Sloan for the win.

  • the truth

    @kdtrey, coach cal is done coaching the dominican game, he announced it before they scrimmaged team usa

  • Strudel

    I for one DO NOT agree…… that is all

  • robb

    Kobe for coach!