June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Austin Rivers (Duke), left, gets a pat on the back from his father and Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers after being introduced as the number ten overall pick to the New Orleans Hornets during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
Doc spent time in London making the rounds and taking in the experience. He has gotten lots of praise for his analysis and was asked point blank if he would accept the Team USA coaching gig if Coach K stepped down after these Olympics and he said he would have to accept it, ...though only if Coach Popovich turned it down first.
Now it sounds like those two are the top choices for Team USA.
Colangelo has said repeatedly this week that he'll make one more run at it, after giving Krzyzewski some time to decompress when this is all over, but sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich have indeed already moved to the top of the list to take over in 2013 for Krzyzewski, who is expected to remain with the program as a top aide to Colangelo if he can't be convinced to extend his coaching tenure. Sources say Louisville coach Rick Pitino has also expressed strong interest in the position, but the general expectation in USAB circles is that Krzyzewski will be succeeded by an NBA coach.
I think it would be a fun experience and a (selfishly thinking) a great marketing tool for free agents. Also, as a bonus, there's a chance that Doc might even be able to coach his son, if in 4 years ha has lived up to his hype and become one of the chosen representatives.
Also, Doc's participation in the team might be the only way that Rajon Rondo would consider being an Olympian. We'll have to wait and see.