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Coach K reiterates Olympic days are over
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On February 26, 2013 @ 11:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski re-iterated on ESPN’s Mike & Mike radio program Tuesday that he won’t coach the U.S. team at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“My stance hasn’t changed,” said Krzyzewski, who has maintained for almost a year that the 2012 London Games were his last as the U.S. men’s national coach. His USA teams won gold medals in 2012 and at the 2008 Beijing Games.
“I’ve loved, loved, loved it, and it’s been an honor to be with USA Basketball and coach the team and work with Jerry (Colangelo). These seven years have been marvelous. We’ve been in a good spot and we’ll keep building.”
Colangelo, chairman of USA Basketball, has always been willing to give Krzyzewski time to make sure he is content with his decision. Colangelo convinced Krzyzewski to return for one more Olympic cycle after the 2008 Beijing Games and will wait until after the college basketball season to have another discussion with Krzyzewski.
A person close to USA Basketball told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday morning that it is highly unlikely Colangelo can convince Krzyzewski to return. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the coaching situation.
While there is no rush to name a new coach, Colangelo will work fast – if and when Krzyzewski gives him a no – after the college season. Team USA will begin preparations for the 2014 world championships this summer in Las Vegas.
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