Picking Team USA for 2016 Games
With a second straight Olympic gold medal in the books, the United States has re-established its dominance on the international stage. So what will the basketball team look like in Rio in 2016, when players of all ages are expected to continue to be eligible? Let's take a look:
Rivers, who was in London working as an analyst for NBC, is a players' coach with a proven track record of success blending high-profile players (and personalities) in Boston. Popovich, an assistant on the ill-fated 2002 and '04 national teams, coaches one of the most diverse teams in the NBA. Popovich and Colangelo have a checkered history: After choosing Krzyzewski over Popovich in '05, Colangelo said he didn't believe Popovich had the same enthusiasm for the job. The comments prompted Popovich to write Colangelo a letter -- on which NBA officials were copied -- informing him that he was mistaken.
Whoever gets the top job, expect Colangelo to strongly consider adding a young assistant to groom. One possibility: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Colangelo told SI.com that he is a "fan" of Spoelstra's and a league source said Spoelstra is very interested in being part of the U.S. staff.