Sources: Coach K Still Top Choice for Team USA
USA Basketball will not name its next men’s national team coach until after the college season is over at the earliest, according to sources familiar with the process.
One key motivation for adopting that revamped timetable, sources told ESPN.com, is to give Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski as much time as possible to consider carrying on as Team USA coach.
Krzyzewski initially announced last summer that the London Olympics would be his swan song with Team USA.
USA Basketball’s original plan called for the coaching situation to be clarified by late 2012 or early in 2013, with Colangelo expected to turn to San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich or Boston’s Doc Rivers if Krzyzewski held firm.
But sources told ESPN.com that optimism within the program was rising that Krzyzewski might ultimately prove willing to reconsider his stance that London was “the last time.”
However, Krzyzewski told ESPN.com’s Andy Katz this week that “nothing has changed with anything.”