Knee surgery won't stop Mike Krzyzewski coaching Team USA at the Olympics

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The United States men's national basketball team and their fans will be glad to hear that Mike Krzyzewski will be able to coach at the Olympics later this year.

Coach K, who had won gold with Team USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics, will be able to travel to Rio in the summer despite upcoming knee replacement surgery.

The current Duke University coach said on Thursday that doctors have told him that he should be able to recover from the operation in more than enough time, meaning he will be able to coach Team USA for a third Olympics in a row.

The 69-year-old said according to Yahoo! Sports: "Immediately after the Duke basketball season is completed, I will undergo replacement surgery on my left knee."

"I have every intention of coaching the United States national team in Rio at the 2016 Olympics."

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said himself and the Duke University coach have never spoken about any other person leading the team in Rio in the summer.

He said: "I fully expect Coach K to lead the 2016 US Olympic team in Rio. I was aware that coach planned to have knee replacement surgery immediately after Duke's season was completed. But at no time have coach and I ever discussed him not coaching the USA national team this summer."

Current San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will take over Krzyzewski's duties as Team USA's head coach following this summer's Olympics.

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