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Rivers: Collins should be next coach for Team USA

Posted by Robert Burgess  August 12, 2012 03:35 PM

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Mike Krzyzewski told the Associated Press that he has coached his last game for the men's Olympic basketball team, ending a seven-year run today with his team winning gold.

Speculation has already begun regarding who should replace Krzyzewski. Celtics coach Doc Rivers, who worked as an analyst for the London games, said in a postgame discussion on NBC that anyone offered the job would take it.

Rivers, for his part, said he wanted to see Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins get the job because of what many believe was an unfair loss to the Soviet Union that Collins was part of at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Collins put the US ahead by a point at the end of the game, but confusion over a timeout led the referees to put more time back on the clock, and the Americans ended up losing by a point.

Rivers had good things to say about two of Team USA's stars, who, back in the states are his team's serious rivals.

"It's OK to cheer for LeBron," Rivers said of Miami star LeBron James. "Not in Boston, but it's OK to cheer for LeBron."

And about Kobe Bryan of the Lakers, Rivers said the shooting guard is "the hardest working player in the NBA."

Of course, if Rivers is the man for the Team USA job, it would be interesting to imagine whether a 2016 Olympic team coached by Rivers might include Rajon Rondo or Austin Rivers, Doc's son who was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets.

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