Head Coach Colangelo says he hopes to persuade Mike Krzyzewski to stay, but the 65-year-old coach has indicated repeatedly that London would be his last Games. If Krzyzewski walks after going 62-1 in six years, Boston's Rivers and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich are considered favorites to replace him.
Rivers, who was in London working as an analyst for NBC, is a players' coach with a proven track record of success blending high-profile players (and personalities) in Boston. Popovich, an assistant on the ill-fated 2002 and '04 national teams, coaches one of the most diverse teams in the NBA. Popovich and Colangelo have a checkered history: After choosing Krzyzewski over Popovich in '05, Colangelo said he didn't believe Popovich had the same enthusiasm for the job. The comments prompted Popovich to write Colangelo a letter -- on which NBA officials were copied -- informing him that he was mistaken.
Whoever gets the top job, expect Colangelo to strongly consider adding a young assistant to groom. One possibility: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Colangelo told SI.com that he is a "fan" of Spoelstra's and a league source said Spoelstra is very interested in being part of the U.S. staff.