Regardless of the dunks LeBron James throws down or the threes Kevin Durant nails from the corner, no one has been more instrumental in the rebirth of USA Olympic basketball than Jerry Colangelo.
Thankfully the team’s unofficial MVP was re-elected chairman of USA Basketball this week until 2016, and will oversee the men’s and women’s youth and Olympics programs through the Rio Games.
“I’m proud of the many successes USA Basketball’s coaches and players achieved over the past four years,” Colangelo said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to helping keep that momentum going.”
Colangelo spent nearly 40 years as owner and operator of the Phoenix Suns before joining USA Basketball in 2005 as managing director after the men’s team suffered three losses during a disappointing bronze-medal showing in Athens.
The hall of fame executive was brought in to change the attitude and culture of the men’s team and has helped them to a 62-1 record, two Olympic golds, and a World Basketball Championship in his seven years.
Now he’ll start his new tenure on a coaching search after Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski stepped down from the national team following the gold medal game in London. The unofficial shortlist includes Doug Collins, Doc Rivers, Gregg Popovich, and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, but Colangelo says he’s in no rush.