Mike Krzyzewski Rumors
“Yeah,” Krzyzewski said when asked if he expects James to play next summer. “Yeah. He’s one of the leaders. He’s been a leader. He was a leader in London. He was a young leader in Beijing. LeBron is so darn smart and such a good guy. These guys, it’s like a renewal of friendships.”
Krzyzewski, meanwhile, told ESPN.com on Tuesday that recent NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala remains firmly under consideration for a spot on the Rio squad after helping Team USA to gold medals at both the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey and the 2012 Summer Games in London. Iguodala recently got married and was prepared to postpone his honeymoon to come to this week’s USAB events, but Krzyzewski told him to stick with that schedule. Iguodala would have given the newly-crowned champion Golden State Warriors a league-high five USA Basketball participants this week had he joined Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes. “He’s been a prince for us,” Krzyzewski said of Iguodala.
Q: Is there any way you can convince Mike Krzyzewski to coach past the 2016 Rio Olympics? Colangelo: No. This time I know it’s done. I’m already working on the future. But my focus is on ’16. I have so much time on my hands that I’m already working on it. Q: Do you already have a next coach in mind? Colangelo: I always have a guy already in my head. Always did and always will.
George said Saturday that Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird supports his aspirations. “Larry, of all people, knows how important it is to play and represent your country. So he’s got my back on that one, and it’s a personal goal,” George said. “Coach [Mike] Krzyzewski knows I’m on board.”