Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
All good things must come to an end and that’s certainly the case with Mike Krzyzewski’s incredible run as the head coach of team USA basketball. Coach K told ESPN on Monday that the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil would be his last coaching the team.
“It is. It definitely is,” Krzyzewski told ESPN about this being his last stint as head coach with USA Basketball. “I think it’s time to move ahead.”
Krzyzewski also added “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.”
After team USA’s brutal 2004 campaign in Athens, Greece that saw them ousted by Puerto Rico 92-73 in the first game of the tournament, Krzyzewski took control of the team in 2005 and rejuvenated the program. His first Olympics was in Beijing in 2008 when he lead the squad known as “The Redeem Team” back to glory and an Olympic gold medal and ended an eight-year gold medal drought for the program. Team USA also took home gold in 2012 during the London Olympic games.
Though he won’t be coaching the team anymore, Krzyzewski did make clear that he’ll remain involved with USA basketball moving forward. While Krzyzewski didn’t have a particular candidate in mind to replace him as coach, he did say he thinks it’s important that they have international coaching experience.
“I think it would be good if somebody had experience in international basketball,” Krzyzewski told ESPN.com. “They will pick the best person, from whatever — the NBA or collegiate environment. They will pick the best person and complement that person with a great staff and infrastructure so we can have a chance to keep winning.”
Meanwhile, Krzyzewski is preparing for his 35th season as the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils. The Blue Devils are ranked No. 4 in the preseason USA Today coaches poll and are looking to defend their 2015 National Championship title, an giving him his fifth NCAA Championship with the team.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for either of his other three teams.