(SportsData) — Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the USA men’s basketball team since 2006, said that this summer’s London Olympics will be his last as the squad’s on-court leader.
“I think this is the last time,” he told USA Today. “I hope we can win the gold medal.”
A gold medal this summer would give Team USA back-to-back Olympic titles for the first time since the squad won three-straight championships in 1992, 1996 and 2000. It would also make Krzyzewski the first coach to win consecutive gold medals since Hank Iba in 1964 and 1968.
Krzyzewski also coached Team USA to gold in the world championships in 2010.
Team USA, currently ranked No. 1 in the FIBA world rankings, will begin assembling its Olympic team from an initial 20-man roster soon. Its eslf-imposed deadline to name the London roster is July 7.
Krzyzewski said that he will place importance on finding players that are rested and ready for world competition, telling USA Today that “The key for us during the first couple weeks is that we get them fresh mentally, emotionally and physically.”
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