When Mike Krzyzewski arrived triumphantly at Raleigh-Durham International Airport last August, with a second gold medal in hand, he said he was done coaching the United States Olympic team.
In February, when reports began to surface that he may have changed his mind, he again reiterated that he was done.
But Saturday, he said that he had, in fact, changed his mind. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, he reversed the position he had held for nine months, saying “there’s a chance” he’ll be back on the bench for the 2014 World Championships in Madrid and 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo has never ruled out Krzyzewski’s return and said the two have had several discussions about that possibility. Colangelo hoped to have a decision made within the next week, according to Sports Illustrated.
Since taking over USA basketball team in 2005, Krzyzewski is 62-1 with Olympic gold medals from Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. He also won 2010 World Championships in Istanbul. His lone international loss came to Greece in 2006 at the World Championships in Japan. The squad still earned a bronze medal.