Earlier this week, Mike Krzyzewski told ESPN that the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be his final appearance as the head coach of Team USA. Krzyzewski also stated that his successor will be announced some time before next summer's games.
Last month, we discussed the possibility of Brad Stevens getting the gig. Yesterday, Stevens was asked if it's something that interests him, to which the young Celtics coach (today is his 39th birthday) responded with an emphatic "YES!":
Stevens on potential of being approached to coach @usabasketball: "You say yes before they can even get the question out of their mouths."— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) October 21, 2015
In typical Stevens fashion, he remained quite humble with his response:
Stevens also believes there are better candidates. - "I would hire somebody else, because there’s a lot of better coaches than I am."— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) October 21, 2015
Honestly, outside of Greg Popovich, I'm not sure there's an obvious better candidate than Stevens. Doc Rivers? John Calipari? Rick Carlisle? Eric Spoelstra? You could make a case for any of them, but I'm not sure it'd be a better one than Stevens'.
I don't expect Stevens to be offered the position this time around, but I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to see him leading Team USA at some point down the road.
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