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One of the most successful coaches of the last 50 years just took a stand against ... losing. OK, perhaps the stand was not that bold. But it was the way Mike Krzyzewski said it that stood out. He was asked about NBA teams tanking their seasons for high draft choices, which they can use on Duke's Jabari Parker, Kansas's Andrew Wiggins, or Kentucky's Julius Randle, all of whom made my hoops-nerd heart skip a few beats Tuesday night. Coach K's response: "As an American, I wouldn't like to think that an American team would want to lose or create situations where you would want to lose," Krzyzewski said. "I can't even fathom -- I can't go there. I can't believe that that would happen. Maybe I'm naive and I'm going to go read a fairy tale after this." SI.com

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But asked if he would like to play for USA Basketball again next summer, that didn’t seem too far from Rose’s mind. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski coaches the team, and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is one of his assistants. “I would love to play on the team; it would be an honor,” Rose said. “But at the same time it would take me trying out for the team and Coach K and his coaching staff along with Thibs would pick the players and allow me to play for them. “So if I have the opportunity to play for them, I will.” Chicago Sun-Times

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Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski has been a fan of Chicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose for a long time, so it should come as no surprise that the Hall of Fame coach is excited to see the former MVP back on the floor and hopeful that he will represent his country in the near future -- including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. When asked specifically if he would like to see Rose on the Olympic team, Krzyzewski said he was excited about the possibility, assuming the point guard's surgically repaired left knee holds up throughout this NBA season. Rose is just returning to the floor after missing almost a year and a half as he recovered from an ACL tear in his left knee. "Oh yeah," Krzyzewski told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday night. "There's a process that [USA Basketball chairman] Jerry Colangelo will orchestrate all that. But it's not just 2016, we have to play in Spain next summer. It used to be the world championships and now it will be called the World Cup. And Derrick was our starting point guard when we won the world championships in Istanbul in 2010 and did a really good job. He was only 21 years old at that time and probably would have been on our Olympic team in London." ESPN.com

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Back in the summers of 2005 and ’06, when he was an assistant coach with the Rockets, Tom Thibodeau traveled to China with center Yao Ming, using the offseason time to hone the skills of the team’s All-Star big man. Yao’s primary commitment at the time, though, was to the Chinese national team, and so Thibodeau would work with Yao individually around his other commitments. But the experience registered with Thibodeau, now head coach of the Bulls. “I had the opportunity when Yao was playing for the Chinese national team, to watch how he participated and to watch their practices,” he said. “I learned a lot from that.” Sporting News

“I was flattered that I was even considered,” Thibodeau said. “It wasn’t something I expected. Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski called and I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn. I am excited to be here. Any time you have the opportunity to be around great coaches and great players, you have to take it. And these are your opponents, I think you learn a lot from them, too. I followed Team USA from afar and was very curious to see what the inner workings are here.” Sporting News

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Minnesota Timberwolves center Kevin Love say Wednesday they will be returning to play for Team USA. The two NBA stars were on hand for the national team's minicamp practice, and made the announcement in an impromptu news conference alongside team managing director Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Durant said he made the commitment to Krzyzewski late Tuesday night, while Love officially made his announcement during the news conference. ESPN.com

Turns out Krzyzewski wasn't sure how much coaching he wanted to do -- of any kind -- after the long grind in London that secured a second straight gold medal for Team USA only after a narrow, nervy escape against Spain in the championship game. "A year or so ago, I was thinking a little bit about [retirement]," Krzyzewski revealed this week. "I'm 66. I wasn't sure how long I was going to coach. "But I'm not thinking about that at all any more and haven't been for a while. I'm sure I'm gonna coach for a while, and through the Olympics by far." ESPN.com

"You shouldn't be a retired coach coaching the national team," Krzyzewski said, explaining why he felt so strongly that he couldn't have consented to stay on with Team USA unless he knew he was still in charge at Duke. "You have to be on the firing line. ... You can't shortchange -- as a player or a coach -- the national team. I know that I won't and I know the guys that we pick won't." ESPN.com

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Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski invited former Olympic coach John Thompson to address the minicamp participants after practice. The two matched wits twice in Duke-Georgetown battles. "He and I are great, great friends," Krzyzewski said. "He's one of the legendary figures, not just in basketball but in our country. When you think of the progress we've made with race relations, you have to consider John as one of the key people in that regard. All of those guys know who he is. If you could've seen their eyes fixated on him, it was like, 'Whoa.' It was good of John to do that." Chicago Tribune

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