It's been a long, incredible coaching career for Mike Krzyzewski, the storied head coach of the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team affectionately known as Coach K. But while his college career will still go on, his Olympics career is coming to an end.
At Olympic press conference in Dallas, Coach K announces that "this is the last time" he plans to coach Team USA in international comp— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 14, 2012
Several of the Oklahoma City Thunder will possibly be on this team with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden are all finalists to make the team. Coach K won the gold medal in 2008 in Beijing and has served as a head coach or assistant coach since 1979. In short, few people -- player or coach -- is as synonymous with USA basketball as Mike Krzyzewski.
The complete list of finalists reads from the USA basketball site:
Finalists for the 2012 USA National Team include: LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks); Chauncey Billups (Los Angeles Clippers); Chris Bosh (Miami Heat); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks); Anthony Davis (University of Kentucky);Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder); Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies); Eric Gordon (New Orleans Hornets);Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers); James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers); LeBron James (Miami Heat); Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves); Lamar Odom (Dallas Mavericks); Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat); Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder); and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets).