Coach K will lead in Rio, Colangelo insists

AP

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo expects Mike Krzyzewski to lead the Americans this summer, and the coach says he has “every intention” of being in Brazil.

Krzyzewski plans to have left knee replacement surgery following the completion of Duke’s season, and Colangelo told NBA TV during All-Star weekend in Toronto that he was “thinking about what-ifs” if Coach K’s health prevented him from returning.

But Colangelo said Thursday in a statement that “at no time” have he and Krzyzewski discussed him not coaching this summer.

Krzyzewski, 69, has been the U.S. coach since 2005, leading the Americans to consecutive Olympic gold medals and two straight world championships. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo expects Mike Krzyzewski to lead the Americans this summer, and the coach says he has “every intention” of being in Brazil.

Krzyzewski plans to have left knee replacement surgery following the completion of Duke’s season, and Colangelo told NBA TV during All-Star weekend in Toronto that he was “thinking about what-ifs” if Coach K’s health prevented him from returning.

But Colangelo said Thursday in a statement that “at no time” have he and Krzyzewski discussed him not coaching this summer.

Krzyzewski, 69, has been the U.S. coach since 2005, leading the Americans to consecutive Olympic gold medals and two straight world championships.