DURHAM – After former Duke point guard Kyrie Irving said Monday that Mike Krzyzewski would coach the U.S. Olympic team in 2016, the Blue Devils coach said Tuesday that such a decision has not been made.
“While Kyrie and I have discussed his potential role with USA Basketball in the future, my focus right now is on the remainder of our Duke team’s season and the 2012 Olympics,” Krzyzewski said in a release provided by Duke.
“Jerry Colangelo and I have not discussed anything beyond what is ahead of the USA national team this summer as we pursue a gold medal in London.”
Colangelo, the chairman of USA Basketball, also said there has been no discussion about who the coach would be in 2016.
“It would be premature to do so,” Colangelo said. “Kyrie is an exciting prospect who is on our radar, and while it is impossible to forecast what will happen in the next couple of summers, I’m sure if he continues to play at the level he is playing at now, he will be given serious consideration for future USA Basketball teams.”
Irving, who is having a nice rookie season with Cleveland, will participate in the U.S. select team this summer. That teams serves as a feeder for the Olympic team, and Irving expressed Monday that it’s his goal to make the 2016 Olympic team.
That’s when he told reporters that “Coach K would be coaching in 2016.”