Thursday, June 4, 2009
Krzyzewski to discuss plans for team
ESPN.com news services
After coaching the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team to the gold medal last summer in Beijing, Mike Krzyzewski has not ruled out a return to Team USA's bench in 2012.
Krzyzewski said last summer he would remain involved with the national program in some form, but on Wednesday the Duke coach made his intentions a tad clearer.
"I'm going to be with the Olympic team in some capacity," he said, according to The Raleigh News & Observer. "It's just that the NBA season hasn't even ended. I think once the NBA season has ended, I'll have an even more clear picture of who's going to go forward, maybe, from the players, how we're going to do coaching."
Earlier this week, The Arizona Republic reported on its Web site that Jerry Colangelo, the national team's managing director, and Krzyzewski will meet soon in Chicago to determine Krzyzewski's interest in coaching Team USA for the 2012 London Olympics.
"I want to give him as much time as he needs," Colangelo said, according to the Republic. "I want him to feel comfortable. His gut says, 'Let's go,' but he really wants to be sure."
According to the Raleigh newspaper, Krzyzewski addressed his interest as "We'll see" and "There's a chance."
At the very least, Krzyzewski is continuing to work within the model that Colangelo organized for the program three years ago. A three-year commitment from players and coaches is being praised for creating a winning atmosphere around the national team. Currently, the lower levels of USA Basketball, notably the junior national teams in tournaments at the under-20 and under-18 levels, have annual turnovers of players and coaches.
After winning the gold in August, Krzyzewski told ESPN.com's Andy Katz that "right now I just want to help. I enjoy recruiting and coaching Duke but I'll see where all of it goes. All I can tell you is that I'll be involved. I want to be with how we go forward."
On Wednesday, the coach told The News & Observer that "how everything goes forward has not been clearly defined yet. The main thing is Jerry Colangelo now heads USA Basketball, which is great. Now what do you do with the culture and structure that you have developed for three years? Now what do you do?
"Part of that is coaching, but also part of that is a new pool of players, commitments from different people. There's a lot that goes on."