Oct 19, 2015
Krzyzewski stepping down as coach of USA Basketball

Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will coach USA Basketball for the last time next summer when the team competes in Rio de Janeiro.

Krzyzewski told ESPN’s Andy Katz of the decision, saying there was no doubt 2016 would be his last Olympics appearance. He coached Team USA to gold in 2008 and 2012 and carries a 75-1 record since accepting the role.

“I think it’s time to move ahead, Krzyzewski told ESPN. During the next season there will be a number of decisions made about the future of USA Basketball with Rio and coaching.

“There has to be a succession … a planned succession with really good people so we can keep the continuity of the program going.”

From ESPN.com:

“Hopefully we can finish things up well with Rio and I would move onto something else with USA Basketball, ” Krzyzewski said. “But I think we’re ready as an organization to do that, and I’m excited about the future because [of] what we’ve done over the last 10 years.”

Krzyzewski said it was too early to say which NBA players would be on the roster next summer, but he is anticipating a high return rate.

“I think most of the players would like to do it, if not all who participated in our minicamp [in Las Vegas last summer], ” Krzyzewski said. “It’s just a matter of a few things — contract, family and health. Those are the three things. If everything was OK, you’d see a great representation. For a few of them, it’s their last go-round.

“The commitment a few of these guys have made — all of them have made — is incredible. I think one of the great stories of USA Basketball the last decade is the commitment of our great players.”

Krzyzewski did not comment on who would replace him or whether it should be a pro or college coach. He did, however, say his replacement should have international experience.

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Krzyzewski stepping down as coach of USA Basketball

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Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will coach USA Basketball for the last time next summer when the team competes in Rio de Janeiro.

Krzyzewski told ESPN’s Andy Katz of the decision, saying there was no doubt 2016 would be his last Olympics appearance. He coached Team USA to gold in 2008 and 2012 and carries a 75-1 record since accepting the role.

“I think it’s time to move ahead, Krzyzewski told ESPN. During the next season there will be a number of decisions made about the future of USA Basketball with Rio and coaching.

“There has to be a succession … a planned succession with really good people so we can keep the continuity of the program going.”

From ESPN.com:

“Hopefully we can finish things up well with Rio and I would move onto something else with USA Basketball, ” Krzyzewski said. “But I think we’re ready as an organization to do that, and I’m excited about the future because [of] what we’ve done over the last 10 years.”

Krzyzewski said it was too early to say which NBA players would be on the roster next summer, but he is anticipating a high return rate.

“I think most of the players would like to do it, if not all who participated in our minicamp [in Las Vegas last summer], ” Krzyzewski said. “It’s just a matter of a few things — contract, family and health. Those are the three things. If everything was OK, you’d see a great representation. For a few of them, it’s their last go-round.

“The commitment a few of these guys have made — all of them have made — is incredible. I think one of the great stories of USA Basketball the last decade is the commitment of our great players.”

Krzyzewski did not comment on who would replace him or whether it should be a pro or college coach. He did, however, say his replacement should have international experience.

Click here to read the complete article.






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