Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reiterated previous comments he’s made about the possibility of coaching USA Basketball’s senior team, saying it would be flattering to be considered before Wednesday’s home loss to Phoenix. “Anybody would feel honored to have their name mentioned as far as the Olympic movement is concerned,” he said. “There are a lot of people who can fill that role. That goes without saying. Anybody would feel humbled and honored to even be talked about in that regard.” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, despite overtures from USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo, said earlier this week he will not return to the post he’s held since 2006. During that span the U.S. went 62-1 with two Olympic gold medals and the 2010 world championship. Krzyzewski indicated in his interview with ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning radio show that USA Basketball will likely name his successor this summer in advance of the 2014 world championship in Madrid. The consensus favorites would seem to be Popovich and Boston’s Doc Rivers. Popovich had previously been considered for the top job in the wake of the USA’s disastrous performance at the 2004 Olympics. Popovich was an assistant under long-time mentor Larry Brown on that team, and some had wondered if that connection might prevent him from ever taking the top job.
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