USA Basketball Rumors
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will undergo lower back surgery on Friday to remove a fragment of a herniated disc, causing the Hall of Famer to miss up to four weeks coaching the Blue Devils (12-2 this season). The news was announced Monday. Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel will fill in for Krzyzewski. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Allan Friedman at Duke University Hospital.
During the Olympics, you didn’t play in the semifinal game, but you did play in the gold-medal game. There was a lot of sacrifice. How would you grade the experience? DeMar DeRozan: It was one of a kind, for sure. It’s something that comes around every four years. Something that only 12 guys get to do. It’s an amazing thing just to be able to go down as one of the greatest Olympic teams. That’s a blessing … You understand what it takes to sacrifice. You understand what it really means to take a backseat, so to speak — to fight for something bigger than you.
Retired U.S. Army general Martin E. Dempsey – who was named the future chair of USA Basketball on Tuesday – stressed Thursday that players who suit up for the national program are representing their country, not any particular president. “They are not representing President-elect (Donald) Trump,” Dempsey told Andy Katz and Rich Klein on the ESPN/ABC News podcast Capital Games. “They are representing the country where we have a system that stood the test of time with three separate and equal branches of government, representing 350 million people.”