Coach K will be bidding for a third Olympic gold medal in 2016.
Mike Krzyzewski has decided he will remain in charge of the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team, leading through until the Olympics Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
Coach K was expected to step down following his triumph in London last summer, but has decided to continue and will be hoping to extend what has been a remarkable tenure.
The Hall of Fame coach has led the Americans since 2005, winning gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and the 2010 world basketball championship.
Furthermore, the 66-year-old’s record in charge is 62-1 over the last seven years, as he has been fortunate enough to have a squad blessed with some of the best talents ever to play the game.
His first task will be to successfully lift the renamed World Cup of Basketball in Spain next summer, where a victory would help them qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
With the likes of Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul winning multiple medals under the guidance of the veteran coach, they will be delighted to see him continue after having a major impact on how the international team program worked when he arrived.
“I think it’s great. What he means to USA basketball is beyond just what we do on the court. It’s what we stand for as Americans and being proud of the red, white and blue every time we step off the bus or practice or talk to the media or whatever the case may be. I think it’s great,” Miami Heat star LeBron James told ESPN ahead of the Eastern Conference finals opener on Wednesday night.
James went on to say that he would love to be a part of the team that heads to Rio in three years time, fitness permitting.
However, he echoed the sentiment of everyone involved in Team USA, with Coach K hopeful of leading his country to more medals and awards in the future.