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Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at 5:12 pm  |  29 responses

Mike Krzyzewski Considering Return To Team USA


After winning back to back Gold medals at the London Olympics, coach Mike Krzyzewski said that he didn’t plan to come back through the Rio 2016 Olympics. But the Duke head coach told SI.com on Saturday that he and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo have been talking about his return “quite a bit”: “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.’ Krzyzewski said he hasn’t made a final decision, but his openness to the position represents a significant change. For eight months, Krzyzewski has maintained he’s not returning as USA Basketball’s head coach. On Saturday, Krzyzewski said he and USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo have been talking about his return ‘quite a bit.’ Colangelo said Saturday he and Krzyzewski have been discussing his return ‘in installments.’ ‘I think it’s very close to being resolved,’ Colangelo said. ‘That’s all I can say for sure.’ He added: ‘Give it another week and it should be resolved.’

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  • LLC#12

    2016 looks like it could potentially be an easier task than 2012 was. Not many of the current Spanish team who can compete with the USA will still be around in 2016, and of the other countries, by 2016 their cores will mostly be retired from international play. Parker & Turiaf, Nowitzki, Ginobili, Prigioni & Scola, Pau & Navarro, Jasikevicius – to name but a few – will probably all be gone by 2016. France could at least build around Noah, Seraphin and Batum for 2016. I think a real team to watch towards 2016 could be Canada, considering some of the talent they have coming through. For Spain, a huge factor will be how Ibaka and Rubio can improve. I’m extremely impressed with Sergio Llull, a 2016 starting 5 of Marc, Ibaka, Fernandez, Llull & Rubio could potentially be better than the 5 Spain put out in 2012.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Good point about Canada,

    Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, Anthony Bennett, Andrew Nicholson, Kelly Olynyk, Corey Joseph, Kris Joseph, Nik Stauskas, Myck Kabongo, Kevin Pangos, Tyler Ennis . . . ALOT of young Canadian talent making an impact in the NBA as well as at the college and high school levels.

  • roscoe

    so that means… kb24 is going to the olympics in 2016 too, right?

  • roscoe

    i mean i like maple syrup on my pancakes as much as the next guy…

    but you’re getting a little carried away there IHOP

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    How so, Roscoe?

    I just named 2 NBA starters and a solid contributor off of the Spur’s bench, a top 5 pick in this year’s draft, the NUMBER 1 pick in next year’s draft, and bunch of players who are making huge impacts at the highest levels of NCAA and at the american high school levels. Most, and possibly all are projected to be first round picks.

    So again, instead of being quick to denounce what I said with a corny joke, how about you try to respond with a little substance?

  • Caboose

    You’re expecting Roscoe to respond with substance?

  • Caboose

    Anyone else feel like Coach K is overrated as a whole? Good coach, but I don’t see him as some legendary visionary.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I agree. I can’t ignore his winning pedigree, but I do think there’s a correlation between his titles and usually having significantly more talent than his opposition (Duke and Team USA).

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I like to give commenters the benefit of the doubt sometimes.

    It’s not like I was saying Canada was the favorite to win a gold medal, I just think that they will be a competitive team in a few years.

    Coming from a guy who grew up pathetically hoping Rick Fox would arrive on his white horse to lead Canada to a medal, who could blame me for being a little excited about the future of Canadian Basketball?!

  • LLC#12

    I kinda feel bad for Nash, he gave a lot to the National team, played alongside a lot of bad players when they had little chance of winning anything, but he still put a lot into it. Now, as soon as he’s over the hill, this “golden generation” comes along, bet he’s wishing he was 10 years younger! But yeah man, you have a lot to be excited about with that team.

  • spit hot fiyah

    abrines will be knocking on that spanish starting 5′s door by them, at lull’s or fernadez’ expense

  • LLC#12

    Yeah I’m curious to see how he’s gonna develop. I don’t think he is NBA ready, so I’m guessing whichever team drafts him this year will keep him in Barcelona for a couple years to develop a little more before they bring him over. He could be a steal in the 2nd round this year.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Very true. I remeber Nash lead that team into medal contention with Todd McCullouch only other teammate with NBA experience.

  • roscoe

    you just described the Charlotte Bobcats.

    I like french toast too.

  • roscoe

    you want to go at me caboose…?

    u better recognize talent when you see it!

  • roscoe

    i remember that too… McCullouch = awesomeness.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    And you don’t think the Charlotte Bobcats could be a top 5 team in FIBA basketball?

  • spit hot fiyah

    agreed. same path as claver maybe. hopefully he develops faster than claver who had his moments this year, but always disappoints me when playing for spain. unfulfilled potential imo

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    He’s more the king of discipline. His scouting is what has always been his issue. Or who he prefers I should say. But he’s a college coach, they make weird system decisions by nature. Except Calipari, which is a big reason why he’s so successful

  • Lucentum

    Abrines has a lot of potential and he will be ready for 2016… Hopefully with a year or two of NBA experience.

    Claver has amazing physical tools and is a skillful player, but what he has in talents he lacks in competitive heart. He should be coming out of the bench and making an impact, but he lacks the spark to change the dynamics of the game.

  • Lucentum

    What is a shame for Spain is the rule that does not allow us to have both Ibaka and Mirotic on the roster. Nikola has stated several times that he feels Spanish and only wants to play for Spain… but Ibaka is blocking the door.

    Personally, I feel that if he proves with the Bulls to be as good of a player in the NBA as in the ACB -which I believe so-, he should be the one selected for 2016.

  • RKJ92

    To add.. Sim Bhullar, Tanveer Bhullar, Stefan Jankovic, Negus Webster-Chan, Carl English, Samuel Dalembert, Steve Nash (if he decides to show up), Justin Edwards, Andrew Nicholson, Kyle Wiltjer, Dyshawn Pierre.

  • roscoe

    isn’t there only 6 teams in a FIBA tournament?

    isn’t FIBA considering the addition of a 3 on 3 tournament?

    isn’t FIBA all about using the NBA?

    isn’t the fact of the matter NBA players shorten their careers by playing in FIBA tournament?

    does being a top 5 team in a FIBA tournament matter?

    I like pancakes too.

  • Redd

    But they can’t beat the USA.

  • Redd

    That’s far from enough to battle against the USA.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Redd, at what point did I mention that team Canada had enough to battle the USA?!

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Man, Caboose was right about you.

  • Redd

    You said compete, I believe battling & competing against a team or the same thing(if you disagree, then to clarify I see them as the same). Can Canada be a force? Yes, the competition will be weaker but the USA can’t be beaten by them.

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    My EXACT words were “It’s not like I was saying Canada was the favorite to win the gold medal, I just think they will have a competitive team in a few years.”

    Competitive as in possibly bringing home a medal, not as in being able to beat the USA.

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