(DALLAS) — Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has helped bring Team USA Basketball back to glory, but the 2012 games are likely to be his last as head coach of the team.
“I think this is the last time,” Krzyzewski said. “I hope we can win the gold medal.”
After a disappointing bronze medal finish in the 2004 Olympics in Greece, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo helped bring in Krzyzewski to work his coaching magic. Team USA won the Gold medal in the 2008 Beijing games under Krzyzewski’s tutelage. Then, they won the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.
“There’s no question [that] you put your career a little bit on the line when you’re coaching the national team if you don’t win the gold. …[But] I’m excited about it,” Coach K later added. “I’ve not looked at it as pressure throughout my whole time. When we won in 2008, I wasn’t relieved. I was in la-la land. And that’s a big difference.”
The 65-year-old Krzyzewski said he still has a passion for coaching and will continue to focus on coaching at Duke as well. He has been at Duke since 1980 and has amassed 927 coaching wins.
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