Mike Krzyzewski has decided to remain coach of the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team.
Krzyzewski, expected to step down, will try to lead the Americans to a third consecutive gold medal, Duke University confirmed to ESPN.com on Wednesday. USA Basketball has scheduled a news conference at 10:40 a.m. ET Thursday at Duke to announce a coaching selection.
The Hall of Fame coach has led the Americans since 2005, winning gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and the 2010 world basketball championship. His return was first reported by Sports Illustrated.
“I think it’s great,” said two-time gold medalist LeBron James, when told of the news Wednesday night before the Miami Heat faced Indiana. “What he means to USA Basketball is beyond just what we do on the court. It’s what we stand for as Americans and being proud of the red, white and blue every time we step off the bus or practice or talk to the media or whatever the case may be. I think it’s great.”
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