USA coach Mike Krzyzewski is concerned that the NBA lockout will cause problems with the national team’s preparations for the Olympic Games next year in London.
The Olympic basketball tournament starts on July 28th and with negotiations between the NBA and players union still ongoing, and not looking like they will be resolved anytime soon, coach Krzyzewski is worried that the USA might not be as prepared as he wants them to be when they fly out to England next year.
The main issue is that if the lockout ends and the NBA decides to extend the season, it might cut into the legendary Duke playcaller’s training schedule.
Krzyzewski is also concerned with the level of fitness and conditioning his players will have by the time training camp begins.
“If there is no season, I’m sure the players would want to play, but who funds their injury insurance,” Krzyzewski said. “The main thing is I want to see the best basketball in the world, and I’m bummed out a bit that they haven’t found a resolution.”
USA will be looking to regain the gold medal in London, after they won it nearly four years ago in Beijing. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony were in that line-up and are expected to feature again in England’s capital.