We’ve already got one great Olympic comeback story Thursday with the official return of Coach K to Team USA Basketball. But the rumors surrounding his return were short-lived, and pale in comparison to the questions about whether Michael Phelps will be back for Rio. Fort Myers NBC anchor Peter Busch, gold medalist Rowdy Gaines, and now friend and top rival Ryan Lochte all say yes. Phelps still says no.
So on Thursday Dan Patrick wondered aloud if Phelps was really considering returning to the pool:
“We’ve interviewed him before. And when he was competing, he wasn’t a good interview,” Patrick said on his radio show. “When he retired and he was doing Hank Haney, and he was on the Golf Channel, he was relaxed. And you could tell. It was like a weight was lifted off him. He sounded completely different.”
Patrick also wondered, even if Phelps did come back, if is this the right time to make that decision, and noted that the swimming legend didn’t decide on returning for London until a year before the Games. And didn’t start training until six months before winning six more medals at last summer’s Olympics.
And this all ultimately begs the question: Do you guys think he’s coming back?