When the news broke yesterday that Mike Kryzelkjrq;ewoi was stepping down as head coach of Team USA after the 2016 Summer Olympics, lists of potential replacements started popping up across the web. The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney got in on the fun this morning, listing ten candidates for the job. Of course, John Calipari was one of them.
“There’s some question about whether Calipari, who has gotten accustomed to running his own show, could take a back seat to the measured process Colangelo has set up to develop a roster and system for Team USA. But Calipari has the experience of coaching the Dominican Republic national team behind him and is well-known and respected among NBA players.”
Given the number of Calipari’s former players in the league (three of which have participated in Team USA training camp), his reputation as a players’ coach, and friendship with Jerry Colangelo, I think he has to be one of the top three candidates.
Who else was on Deveny’s list? Doc Rivers, Sean Miller, Gregg Popovich, Doug Collins, Billy Donovan, Tom Izzo, Mike D’Antoni, Monty Williams, and Brad Stevens. Check out his reasoning at TheSportingNews.com.