Next U.S. men’s basketball coach likely to come from pros

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An NBA coach will likely follow Mike Krzyzewski as U.S. Olympic basketball coach.

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo says Tuesday during an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio that the “odds are that it will be a professional coach.”

Krzyzewski was hired as U.S. coach in 2005 when Colangelo began the national team program and will guide the Americans into the Olympics for the third straight time next summer in Rio. Colangelo says he hopes to unveil his plan to replace him sometime soon.

The Americans had only been led by NBA coaches once pro players were allowed to be used starting with the 1992 Olympics. Colangelo hired the Duke coach, who has won two Olympic golds and two more world titles.