Marc Weinreich
Monday August 13th, 2012

Doc Rivers endorsed Doug Collins as the next coach of the men's Olympic basketball team. (Steve Babineau/Getty Images)

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins received the endorsement of Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers to lead U.S. basketball to gold in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, according to Comcast Sportsnet.

Mike Krzyzewski confirmed after winning gold on Sunday that London would be his last coaching stint.

Rivers said Collins would be best suited for the job in part because Collins was on the 1972 team that lost gold to the Soviet Union at the Olympics in Munich. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and Rivers are front runners to replace Krzyzewski. Rivers said that no one should turn down the opportunity to coach at the Olympic level, and that if he is given the opportunity, he will make sure Collins is on the team as an assistant coach.

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