Krzyzewski to decide Team USA future after Duke's season ends
NEW YORK -- Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who coached Team USA to Olympic gold in Beijing, said Friday night he's open to any position in USA Basketball but it was too early to discuss his future as national team head coach for the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics in London.
Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday that USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo planned to meet with Krzyzewski and "offer him the chance to return" as head coach.
Krzyzewski made a three-year commitment to USA Basketball and coached the Americans to a bronze medal in the 2006 World Championships in Japan, a title in the Olympic qualifying Tournament of Americas in Las Vegas in the summer of 2007 and a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in August.
"It's too early to make any commitments for players or coaches," Krzyzewski said in a news conference following Duke's 71-56 victory over Michigan in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer at Madison Square Garden. "We're all in season. That would be a disservice to my own Duke team."
Krzyzewski said he would "obviously" talk to Colangelo but any decision on his coaching future with USA Basketball would be made at a later date.
"I'm open to do anything that will help USA Basketball, that doesn't mean I'd be the coach again," Krzyzewski said. "It's a big commitment. I love Jerry and love what they're doing. It's just not the time yet. What I'm doing with these kids, that's my job and after this season is over I would give it whatever consideration after talking with my family. I can't do that now and give it my full attention. That's not right."
Andy Katz is a senior writer at ESPN.com.
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