HoopsHype Mike Krzyzewski rumors

May 23, 2013 Updates
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Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will be returning as the head coach of USA Basketball for the 2016 Olympics, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. A formal announcement is expected in the next 48 hours. Krzyzewski led Team USA to gold medals in both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics. He had maintained for months that he would not return before reversing course in an interview with SI.com on Saturday. SI.com

Krzyzewski, 66, has a 62-1 record with USA Basketball, and his tenure will now be extended to coach in the 2014 FIBA World Championship in Madrid and the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo has stayed confident since the end of the 2012 Olympics that he could persuade Krzyzewski to return. He waited until the end of Duke's season in March to court Krzyzewski. In an interview on Saturday, Colangelo said he would not begin contacting other candidates until Krzyzewski said no. SI.com

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USA Basketball has scheduled a news conference on Thursday at Duke University, where Krzyzewski coaches. Krzyzewski had adamantly maintained the 2012 London Olympics were his last Olympics as coach. He said the prior to the Olympics, during the Olympics and as recently as February. But USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo remained patient and gave Krzyzewski enough time to reconsider. USA Today Sports

If Mike Krzyzewski is unsure whether to return as USA Basketball’s coach for the 2016 Olympics, would Kevin Love try to convince the Duke coach to return? “Of course,” Love said. Love said he’s been in “constant contact” with Men’s National Team Director Sean Ford about Krzyzewski’s status. “I’ve really enjoyed my time playing under Coach K in the World Championships and the Olympics and developing a relationship with him,” Love said. “It’s been really great. So, I’m really hoping he does come back. NBCSports.com

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Even as Mike Krzyzewski ruled out a return as coach of the U.S. men's basketball team, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo remained patient. "What I've said along is, with what he has contributed to the USA Basketball program and what's he accomplished and what he means to it, he was entitled to be given the time to make a final decision," Colangelo told USA TODAY Sports. "Time has worked to our mutual advantage." Now, Krzyzewski is close to committing to another three-plus years with the men's team, which includes the 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball in Spain and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. "Within a few days, we're going to know for sure," Colangelo said. "It's pretty evident by some of the things he said – where at one time there was no shot he would return, it's a long way from that now." USA Today Sports

Shane Battier wouldn't be surprised if Mike Krzyzewski, his coach at Duke, comes back to coach at 3rd Olympics. “No,'' Battier said about not being surprised. "He’s one of the most competitive people I’ve ever been around. That’s what makes him great. And so it’s not surprising me at all to hear that he has interest. Every athlete, every person who’s done this at a high level, after they step away from a really trying time, a really emotional time, says, ‘It’s too much. I can’t climb that mountain again.’ But if you’re far away enough from that mountain, you start that jones, that itch. So it’s not surprising at all.’’ Sulia

May 18, 2013 Updates

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledged in a phone interview Saturday that he's in discussions to return as head coach of USA Basketball through the 2016 Olympics. "There's a chance," Krzyzewski said. "That's correct." Krzyzewski said he hasn't made a final decision, but his openness to the position represents a significant change. For eight months, Krzyzewski has maintained he's not returning as USA Basketball's head coach. SI.com

Colangelo planned on naming a coach by the start of the calendar year, but deviated from that plan in an attempt to convince Krzyzewski to come back. (He did not want to bother him during Duke's season.) A coach needs to be in place by the first USA basketball minicamp in July. Colangelo said he hasn't approached any other candidates. (The candidates widely speculated were Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and former Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins.) "I would never do that," Colangelo said about talking to other candidates. "I've said that from the beginning, for what he's invested in USA Basketball, he's entitled to make his decision before anyone." SI.com

Colangelo said there would likely be changes to the USA Basketball staff if Krzyzewski did return. The 2012 staff included Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni, former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan and Syracuse Orange coach Jim Boeheim. Colangelo said it's likely Boeheim would again be part of the staff if Krzyzewski returned. SI.com

May 10, 2013 Updates

Redick will spend the offseason living in Austin, Texas while training at the University of Texas as he explores his options for the future. "I don't take anything for granted," Redick said. "If I have one option or four options this summer, I'll be excited about anything. I feel blessed that I made it through my seventh year, and I'm healthy and in one piece. I'm excited about the future. It's probably my only chance to be unrestricted during the prime of my career. It's exciting." As somebody who likes to keep a tight inner circle, Redick plans to consult with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, former Duke assistant and current Northwestern coach Chris Collins along with his wife and parents before he makes a decision. foxsportswisconsin.com

May 6, 2013 Updates

King refused to rule out any candidate, other than his former coach at Duke, Mike Krzyzewski. “I don’t want the alumni base mad at me,” King joked. But one name he didn’t rule out was Phil Jackson, who has been rumored to be interested in getting involved with basketball again after taking the last two seasons off after leaving the Lakers following the 2011 season. Jackson, however, is thought to be more interested in having a front-office position with a team than going through the day-to-day grind of coaching. “Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’ll call him,” King said. “I’ll reach out to a lot of people and talk. But, you know, he’s one of the best coaches sitting on the sidelines, so you’ve got to reach out.” New York Post

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The Cavs might have also reached out to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who is also not interested. Sources say Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert had dinner with Brown in Detroit on Sunday. A source said Brown has interest in the job vacated by Byron Scott, who was fired on Thursday after three seasons in Cleveland. One prominent agent said the Cavs have a "fixation" on Brown. However, before Brown would think about returning, a source said he'd likely want some concessions from the Cavs. News-Herald

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