Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has agreed to return as Head Coach of USA Basketball, for another 4-year stint. Since the 66-year-old first took charge of the national team programme in 2005, the decorated coach has overseen consecutive Olympic Gold Medals, a FIBA World Championship and a 50-game winning streak. Speaking to journalists about his decision to return to the international programme, Coach K said: ''I can tell you I am doing it with 100 per cent commitment and passion - but with seven years of experience of having done it before.''
His next four years, perhaps his final in charge of the national team, will undoubtedly be defined by a shift towards the next generation of NBA superstars, with Kyrie Irving likely to front the campaign.
Irving had a severely limited freshman season at Duke, thanks mainly to a toe injury, restricting the first pick in 2011 NBA Draft to only 11 games. In his one and only year as a Blue Devil, the Cavaliers point-man averaged 17.5 points, 4.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting 53 per cent.