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Popovich to succeed Coach K as Team USA coach

Gregg Popovich was the only logical choice to succeed Coach K as the US National Team's Coach.

Gregg Popovich was the only logical choice to succeed Coach K as the US National Team’s Coach.

Gregg Popovich was the only logical option to replace Mike Krzyzewski as the head coach of the US Men’s Basketball team following his retirement from the organization after the 2016 Olympics. Popovich needs no introduction. He is possibly the best coach in basketball history and his dynasty with the San Antonio Spurs proves that. If anybody can get the most out of a player, it’s Popovich.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo announced the decision to go with Popovich on Thursday and it comes as a shock to nobody.

Popovich has led the Spurs to five NBA Champions but the most impressive part about it, more than the wins and more than the titles, has been the ability to get his role players to play just as well as his stars when they need to. Quite often Popovich rests Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker and the Spurs are still just as dangerous without them.

Krzyzewski has coached the national team since 2005 while also serving as the head coach at Duke. He guided the US team to Gold Medals at both Olympics he has led them at and the last two FIBA World Championships. The next Olympics will be his third leading the team, matching Henry Iba’s run in the 60s and 70s.

While Popovich was the obvious choice to take over the national team Billy Donovan, Doc Rivers, John Calipari and Tom Izzo were popular names to take over as well.

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