Jerry Colangelo mulls replacements if Coach K can’t coach in Rio, report says
USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo is concerned about the health of Mike Krzyzewski and has considered possible replacements if he is unable to coach the U.S. Olympic team in Rio, according to NBA.com.
“Certainly in the back of my mind I’m thinking about what ifs,” Colangelo said, according to the report, adding that he has “not really” spoken with Krzyzewski about not coaching in Rio. “As we get closer and it appears that there’s a prospect that he may not be able to or chooses not to, that’s a whole different story. But let’s not be premature on that.”
Krzyzewski, 69, 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.
He spent two days earlier this month in the heart section of a Duke hospital, according to reports.
“I am concerned about his health,” Colangelo said, according to NBA.com. “I told him on the phone [recently] nothing is more important than his health. Not Duke basketball. Not USA Basketball. I hope and I pray that he can take care of his situations, whatever they may be, and that he’s healthy and ready to go.”
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.