Coach K to have knee surgery, hopes to be ready for Rio Olympics

BY LANA HERRERA
Posted on MAR 30, 2016

Duke University Men's Basketball and Team USA Men's Basketball head coach, Mike Kryzewski, is set to have knee surgery at the end of the college basketball season.

Duke University Men's Basketball and Team USA Men's Basketball head coach, Mike Kryzewski, is set to have knee surgery at the end of the college basketball season.

USA Basketball chairman, Jerry Colangelo, has confirmed that the 69 Kryzewski plans to have a knee surgery after the season, but also wondered in a live television interview whether Kryzewski will be fit in time to coach in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil.
Colangelo admitted that he has yet to discuss the possibilities with Kryzewski, but said that he is exploring options in case Coach K is unfit for duty.

"We'll cross that bridge," said Colangelo. "Certainly in the back of my mind I'm thinking about what-ifs. But it would be, I think, inappropriate and out of place to even discuss it."

"Immediately after the Duke basketball season, I will undergo replacement knee surgery on my left knee....I have every intention of coaching the United States National Team in Rio at the 2016 Summer Olympics," clarified Kryzewski.

San Antonio Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich, is set to take the helm of the USA Men's Basketball program after this summer, and if Coach K is unable to perform in Rio, Popovich seems the obvious choice.

"I think so," said Colangelo about Popovich. "But, again, I think it's too early to get into that. As we get closer and it appears that there's a prospect that he may not be able to or chooses not to, that's a whole different story. But let's not be premature on that.

 

 

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