Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports

After coach Mike Krzyzewski announced earlier this week that he was stepping down as the head coach of USA men’s basketball, speculation ran rampant as to who would replace the legendary coach. It turns out, the guy who was at the center of most of the speculation is the one that will be claiming the job in 2017 when Krzyzewski steps down.

Gregg Popovich, head coach of the San Antonio Spurs will take over the head coaching spot according to an announcement from Team USA. Popovich, who has coached the San Antonio Spurs for nearly 20 years and has lead them to five NBA titles, was considered by many the logical choice and the only coach with the credentials to fill Krzyzewski’s big shoes. Popovich has committed to coaching the team through 2020.

Team USA also announced that Krzyzewski will remain a part of USA basketball and will stay on as a special adviser through 2020 as well.

You can read the entire release from USA Basketball here.

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