June 9, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers on the sideline against the Miami Heat during the second quarter in game seven of the 2012 NBA Eastern Conference finals at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

NBA Rumors: Doc Rivers to coach Team USA Basketball in 2016?


Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers is in London for the 2012 Olympics working as a studio analyst for NBC.

Team USA is currently coached by Mike Krzyzewski who took over the team in 2006. This is likely to be Krzyzewski’s last Olympics and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo will be in need of a replacement.

Rivers looks like he would be a great replacement to coach the team in 2016.

“To represent your country is the absolute best honor,” Rivers told Yahoo! Sports. “And if you ever get the opportunity, it would be hard to turn down.”

Rivers went on to say how it is a different situation for Krzyzewski who coaches in college rather than the NBA where it is a much shorter, less grueling schedule. Rivers does appear to be at least a little bit interested and being in London now may be an even greater sign of his interest.

What has made Coach K successful coaching the biggest names from the NBA is that they respect him and play hard for him. Not just any coach can handle the kind of stars that are on Team USA’s roster. Krzyzewski is a basketball icon though.

Rivers may not be on Krzyzewski’s level yet in that regard but he is widely respected by players in the league. He seems to really know how to connect with the younger generation too, something that will be important in selecting the next coach as the team will likely be comprised of players 23-years old and younger.

Where Rivers will trump Krzyzewski will be on the chalkboard. Rivers may be the best in the NBA right now at drawing up plays on offense. He’s been a master with the Celtics over the past five years and imagine what he could do with the best talent in the NBA.

Krsysewski’s success has come from his ability to motivate and bring players together. Krzyzewski is greatest when it comes to getting these NBA stars to compete on defense for 40 minutes.

One thing is for sure though that the 2016 USA Men’s Basketball team will look different than this one. Krzyzewski will no longer be the coach and quite possible every player except Anthony Davis may be gone.

Winning gold now seems like a very sure thing. In four years, it may not.

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