Blogtable: Next coach for Team USA?

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VIDEOJerry Colangelo discusses Team USA

> Your nameplate says “Jerry Colangelo, Chairman, USA Basketball.” So tell me Mr. Colangelo, who’s going to coach the greatest basketball team on the planet after Coach Mike Krzyzewski steps down next summer? And why are you choosing him?

Steve Aschburner, NBA.comI’d like to say Gregg Popovich and consider it done, but I’m not so sure Pop would want to take on that (minimum) four-year commitment, given his renewed opportunities in his day job. I do think it would be nice to get an NBA coach this time, one who appears to have respect across the league and also someone with enough job security to not face any awkward employment situations during his USA tenure. Here’s my pick: Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics.

Fran Blinebury, NBA.com: Gregg Popovich. The greatest basketball team deserves the greatest coach on the planet. Even though he’s getting up in years, Popovich would relish and make the most of the challenge. And as the man who has done more to make the NBA and international league than any other, it would be the perfect cap on his career.

Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.comYou mean after I’ve made the strongest push possible to retain K, of course. But if I do have to find a replacement, which would be understandable considering all the “offseason” time he has given up through the years, then Gregg Popovich is the choice. Why? Because I can’t think of a reason why not. Others deserve consideration, but Popovich checks every box, from a history with USA Basketball to immense credibility with players to a strong international background.

Shaun Powell, NBA.com: First, I run the idea past Gregg Popovich, who by then should be retired and bored. The reasons for choosing Pop? Do you really have to ask? If Pop is up to serving exclusively as Team USA coach during the Olympics and Worlds, then my job is done. If Pop is too busy sampling the vino to bother with coaching, then my next choice is John Calipari, who knows how to relate to stars, both established and up-and-coming. Heck, by then, half the team could be ex-Kentucky players.

John Schuhmann, NBA.com: My first call would be to Gregg Popovich. He’s the best coach in the game and he has the respect of players across the league. Guys will want to play for him and play hard for him. That he, like Krzyzewski, was a member of our armed forces, is a bonus.

Sekou Smith, NBA.comNo offense to younger, up-and-coming stars in the coaching ranks, but this is a job for a master motivator. That person’s understanding of superstar talent (and how it needs to be massaged in this environment) is far more important than anything you can draw up on a white board. I don’t think there is any question that Doc Rivers is the man that fits that job description. He is universally respected among among coaches and players at all levels. Coach K was an exquisite choice when he stepped into the void of that revolving door of big name coaches and helped me (Mr. Jerry Colangelo) resuscitate the program. He, too, had that something special needed to convince the best of the best to sacrifice for the greater good that Doc has shown throughout his time as a coach. And please know that I’ll make Doc an offer he can’t refuse.

Ian Thomsen, NBA.com: My pick is Doc Rivers, a championship coach, a former All-Star point guard and current team president in the NBA’s second-largest market. He is a student of coaching in all aspects, beginning with a constant desire for self-improvement, and the best players will continue to be drawn to USA Basketball by him. There will be more pressure than for any coaching job in the NBA — you are expected to win every game, with one failure akin to national disgrace — and Rivers will be up to the challenge.

Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blog: My first call would be to a former United States military man who is also a pretty good coach himself: San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich. Pop could surely handle coaching a few extra games in the summer, would appreciate serving his country, and he would instantly command the respect of players from around the NBA. If Pop demurs, my next call would be a little out of left field: Phil Jackson. Considering the Zen Master has always liked coaching superstars, perhaps a Team USA situation would be perfect. Finally, if they both pass, here’s an idea that might prove to be a more long-term solution: Jason Kidd. Not only is Kidd a former two-time gold medalist as a player, he’s shown himself to be a creative thinker as a coach, with an ability to relate to players of all ages.

14 Comments

  1. AlleigHoops says:

    Steve kerr

  2. Riley Curry says:

    Pop is just 2 years younger than Coach K. I’d go with Jason Kidd or even Steve Kerr for the long term.

  3. Kendall says:

    Im upset that nobody said anything about Jimmy B. Has he not proven himself to be worthy enough to run this team.

  4. Nick says:

    Pop – best in the business – absolutely no question. However, I concur that Kidd would be the most logical choice for the long-term.

  5. lolman says:

    pop, bud, tib, vogel.

  6. lolman says:

    if you take doc rivers, you have to take jason kidd too. 150 IQ (cumulate)
    or you can be serious about the team usa coaching job

  7. Joe says:

    Jerry Sloan – Nuff said

  8. mike brown says:

    Mike Brown, Mark Jackson, Scoot Brooks, Tom Thibodeau

  9. Tim in Surrey says:

    Jason Kidd and John Calipari… smh

  10. harriethehawk says:

    Coach Bud! Let’s Go Hawks! My second choice would be Coach Thibs.

  11. Lucas says:

    Tom Thibodeau!

  12. Patrick. says:

    @LangWhitaker
    Last thing the national team wants is Kidd’s drama. He may be an out-of-the-world thinker, but it is his way or the highway and him creating a split in the team is a given, considering the egos on this team is much larger than on Bucks.

  13. Roger Tornga says:

    I think Lang has it right at the end of his comments. Nominate Jason Kidd and you’re set for the foreseeable future.

  14. Of course Pop would be the #1 choice, but I don’t think he’d take it. Forget about the high profile names. Frank Vogel should be considered. Look what he did last year w/ the Pacers. He gets the most out of his players and is also highly respected by his players and his bosses. He has no weakness except name recognition.