Team USA basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has been in Las Vegas this week and has been discussing his return to the national team setup.
The coach has masterminded gold medal winning campaigns at the last two Olympic Games, and despite only getting older, now has his sights set on Rio 2016.
Speaking to ESPN NBA, Krzyzewski said: “I’m 66. I wasn’t sure how long I was going to coach. But I’m not thinking about that at all any more and haven’t been for a while.
"I’m sure I’m gonna coach for a while, and through the Olympics by far,” the Duke University boss revealed.
And it was his domestic team involvement that brought into question his future in charge of Team USA.
His concern was that he couldn’t be solely in charge of the national team. But the fact that his 33-year stay at Duke will be extended has made his decision to remain in both roles.
Krzyzewski added: “You shouldn’t be a retired coach coaching the national team. You have to be on the firing line.
"You can’t shortchange – as a player or a coach – the national team. I know that I won’t and I know the guys that we pick won’t.”
The national team can now look to build towards the FIBA World Cup in Spain next summer, which precedes the Olympics by two years.
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