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Mike Krzyzewski has ‘every intention’ of coaching at Rio Olympics

Mike Krzyzewski

The U.S. head coach Mike Krzyzewski watches his team against Spain during their men’s gold medal basketball match at the North Greenwich Arena in London during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 12, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar (BRITAIN - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT BASKETBALL)


Mike Krzyzewski said he has “every intention” of coaching the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Rio Olympics in a statement Thursday.

Krzyzewski, 69, and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo issued clarifying statements one day after a report was published saying Colangelo said he mulled possible Rio replacements for Krzyzewski due to health issues.

“I fully expect Coach K to lead the 2016 U.S. Olympic team in Rio,” Colangelo said in the Thursday statement. “At no time have coach and I ever discussed him not coaching the USA national team this summer. I remain 100 percent convinced that there is no better coach to lead the U.S.”

Krzyzewski is in line to become the oldest U.S. Olympic basketball coach ever in August, which would be his third Games at the helm of the U.S.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will take over for Krzyzewski after the Rio Olympics, USA Basketball announced Oct. 23.

Krzyzewski’s assistants on the Rio Olympic team are Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and Thunder assistant Monty Williams.

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