HoopsHype Mike Krzyzewski rumors

March 1, 2013 Updates
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In an interview Tuesday on ESPN Radio, Krzyzewksi reiterated he wouldn’t return after having won Olympic golds in 2008 and 2012, the Worlds gold in 2010 and a Worlds bronze in 2006. He said, “My stance hasn’t changed. I've loved, loved, loved, and it's been an honor being with the USA Basketball team. And to coach the team and work with Jerry these seven years have been marvelous.’’ But Colangelo won’t consider anything official until he talks with Krzyzewski. “We haven’t had a conversation,’’ Colangelo said. “All I’ve heard (about Krzyzewski saying he won’t return) is second hand… Until he and I have a final meeting after this season, then I’ll know one way or another. I always have a Plan B or Plan C in place.’’ FOXSports Florida

February 26, 2013 Updates

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will not return to coach USA Basketball after the Blue Devils' season, he said Tuesday. Talking in a phone interview with ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike in the Morning", Krzyzewski said USA Basketball will likely name his successor this summer in preparation for the 2014 world championships in Madrid. "I've loved, loved, loved, and it's been an honor being with the USA Basketball team," Krzyzewski said. "And to coach the team and work with [chairman and president Jerry Colangelo] for seven years has been marvelous. "And we're in a good spot," Krzyzewski added. "We need to keep building." ESPN.com

A person close to USA Basketball told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday morning that it is highly unlikely Colangelo can convince Krzyzewski to return. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the coaching situation. USA Today Sports

February 7, 2013 Updates

USA Basketball will not name its next men's national team coach until after the college season is over at the earliest, according to sources familiar with the process. One key motivation for adopting that revamped timetable, sources told ESPN.com, is to give Duke's Mike Krzyzewski as much time as possible to consider carrying on as Team USA coach. ESPN.com

USA Basketball's original plan called for the coaching situation to be clarified by late 2012 or early in 2013, with Colangelo expected to turn to San Antonio's Gregg Popovich or Boston's Doc Rivers if Krzyzewski held firm. But sources told ESPN.com that optimism within the program was rising that Krzyzewski might ultimately prove willing to reconsider his stance that London was "the last time." However, Krzyzewski told ESPN.com's Andy Katz this week that "nothing has changed with anything." "(USAB) is not going to make a decision until the summer," Krzyzewski told Katz. "Nothing has changed with me. Usually in these situations, they don't do it while basketball season is going on. Nothing has changed. Right now, obviously -- I love USA Basketball -- but I'm trying to keep my head above water with my own team." ESPN.com

One source close to the situation described the prospect of Colangelo convincing his good friend to carry on as "absolutely" still his preferred scenario. In a late November interview with ESPN.com, Colangelo revealed that he had not yet spoken to either of the two acknowledged favorites to succeed Krzyzewski -- Popovich or Rivers -- because he had not yet abandoned hope of getting the Duke legend to reconsider. ESPN.com

December 1, 2012 Updates

When I spoke to Colangelo this week, before Restgate erupted, all he'd disclose about his presumed coaching vacancy is that (A) he still hasn't abandoned hope of convincing Krzyzewski to come back for one more ride and that (B) he hasn't yet spoken to Popovich or Rivers but says both deserve "great consideration." After initially targeting the end of 2012 to have all this resolved, Colangelo also revealed that he plans to have Coach K's replacement "set this spring for sure" if his pleas go unanswered. "I've had preliminary conversations with Coach K about the future," Colangelo said. "He has a really good team at Duke and that's where his mind should be right now. I think he went through a very tiring experience in London and he made statements to that effect, but I think he was having early withdrawals a few weeks after he was home, which is typical when you're on such a high. He's such a big part of USA Basketball. We're so close, as close as can be, so I only want what's best for him. I really want to have some discussions with him that brings some finality to it. And we have haven't had those yet. ESPN.com

November 13, 2012 Updates

All through the summer, as Team USA pursued its second consecutive Olympic gold medal and its third straight international tournament championship, team chairman Jerry Colangelo remained coy about his future with the organization. He dropped hints that, unlike coach Mike Krzyzewski, he would be returning for another tour with USA Basketball, at least through the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, but he would not specifically confirm that he was planning to be back. On Tuesday, it became official —Colangelo was elected chairman of Team USA again. “I'm excited to again serve USA Basketball as chairman for the next four years,” Colangelo said in a statement. “I'm proud of the many successes USA Basketball's coaches and players achieved over the past four years and I'm looking forward to helping keep that momentum going. Sporting News

Jerry Colangelo on Tuesday was re-elected chairman of USA Basketball's board of directors for 2013 to 2016, a period which includes the 2014 men's FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and women's World Cup in Turkey and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Colangelo has transformed the U.S. men's team after a disappointing bronze medal and disinterested effort at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Since Colangelo joined USA Basketball in 2005 as managing director of the men's national team, the U.S. men are 62-1 with gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 world championships and 2012 London Olympics. The men did not lose a game at those three events under Colangelo and U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski. USA Today

November 2, 2012 Updates
October 23, 2012 Updates

Krzyzewski and James started to get to know each other once Krzyzewski took over coaching duties for Team USA in 2005. James was part of Coach K’s first Team USA experience, when the team finished third at the World Championships in 2006 — setting the stage for a gold medal performance at Beijing in 2008. James and Krzyzewski won gold for the second time this past summer in London. “[Krzyzewski] understood him and Kobe [Bryant] and those other guys who didn’t go to college,” said Wade, who was with Team USA in 2006 and ’08. “And if you can pick one college coach to play for, obviously, Coach K tops that list for many,” Wade said. “They took their relationship personal; he pushed him. And [James] didn’t get that experience. You can tell they both really loved it.” Miami Herald

It is the closest the Heat gets to Krzyzewski’s campus in Durham — just a few miles away. Krzyzewski hasn’t confirmed whether he will be attending the game, but James said on Monday that it would “be awesome” if he did. “We have a great relationship,” James said. “We’ve been together since ’05, and our relationship has grown every year. I’ve grown from a young man into a man into a leader of that team. He’s helped me develop that. I give a lot of credit to him.” Miami Herald

September 18, 2012 Updates

Former Duke player Lance Thomas has settled a lawsuit that claimed he owed almost $70,000 from a jewelry purchase made during his senior season. "We have reached a settlement," Mike Bowers, the attorney for Raefello & Co., wrote in an email to the News & Observer. "I cannot make further comment." According to the suit, Thomas made a $30,000 down payment and was supposed to pay the remaining balance of $67,800 within 15 days of the transaction that occurred in December of 2009. Nearly four months later, the Blue Devils won their fourth national title under coach Mike Krzyzewski. When the lawsuit become public earlier this month, questions arose about how Thomas was able to afford the purchase while a college student and why he was extended a significant line of credit. If he received an impermissible benefit, he would be ruled ineligible and Duke could possibly be stripped of the championship. USA Today

September 17, 2012 Updates

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