DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledged he
has been in "serious discussions" about becoming the U.S.
national team coach, and calls the position a "great honor."
But the Hall of Fame coach refused Friday to comment any
"That has not been finalized yet, obviously because we haven't
had a press conference or whatever," Krzyzewski said at the Blue
Devils' annual preseason media day. "I've been in serious
discussions, but it's not ready for an official announcement."
A source told The Associated Press earlier this week that
Krzyzewski -- who has led Duke to three national championships -- was
chosen during a USA Basketball conference call last week. He would
coach the team for the 2006 world championships and the 2008
Beijing Olympics. Official word was supposed to come Oct. 29.
The appointment was first reported by USA Today.
Krzyzewski, who led Duke to three national championships, would
become the first college coach to run a U.S. men's basketball team
at the worlds or Olympics since NBA players began playing in such
competition in 1992.
He was an assistant on the U.S. Dream Team coached by Chuck Daly
at the 1992 Barcelona Games.
Krzyzewski addressed the report to start his news conference,
then insisted that further questions focus on the Blue Devils.
"It would be a great honor, more than that, a great
responsibility," Krzyzewski said. "If that comes about, you have
to rethink a bunch of things that you're doing. I'm not ready to
rethink that yet."
The American men are trying regroup after finishing sixth at the
2002 world championships in Indianapolis and third at the 2004
Olympics. The team at the Athens Games was without several top NBA
players and was coached by Larry Brown.