In 2006, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski was set to "save" the United States Olympic basketball team. All those rich NBA stars supposedly needed a college coach to hammer some discipline into them. Or so that's where some of the narratives went.
Seven years and two gold medals later, Krzyzewski announced Thursday he would continue coaching the team through the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. He'd previously said he was done with the USA job.
The announcement crystallized one thing: USA Basketball "saved," or at least helped maintain, Mike Krzyzewski too.
"It's only helped our program," he acknowledged.
The 66-year-old Krzyzewski said he was calling it quits after winning another gold in London last August. Everyone understood. He's happy, healthy and looking forward to the arrival of a ninth grandchild sometime this summer. He's obviously successful and wealthy beyond his wildest dreams growing up the son of an elevator operator and a cleaning woman in Chicago's northwest side.
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