Mike D’Antoni will not return as Team USA assistant coach

Aug 2, 2012; London, United Kingdom; United States coaches and Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski and Mike D’Antoni and Nate McMillan and guard James Harden watch from the bench in the preliminary game against Nigeria in the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena. The United States defeated Nigeria 156-73. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today we passed on the news that Mike Krzyzewski would return as head coach of the national American basketball team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. There will however be some changes on his coaching staff.

According to Marc Berman of The New York Post, Los Angeles Lakers head coach, Mike D’Antoni will not return as an assistant coach for Team USA.

According to the source, D’Antoni, who now coaches the Lakers, turned down the job as he didn’t want to make another four-year commitment because of his family.

“He wants to stay married,” the source said.

D’Antoni already has a lot on his plate with the mess over at Lakers headquarters so it comes to no surprise he passed on the opportunity to become an assistant coach for team USA.

He was a coach with Team USA since 2006 and worked under Kryzyzewski since the 2008 Bejining Olympics. With no D’Antoni in Rio there is no word yet whether former Portland Trailblazers head coach, Nate McMillian or Syracuse head coach, Jim Boeheim will be back however I fully expect them to return.

Kryzyzewski will officially announce his decision as head coach at a press conference presented by Team USA on Duke Campus Thursday morning.

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Topics: 2016 Rio Olympics, Los Angeles Lakers, Mike D'Antoni, Olympics, Usa Basketball

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