USA Basketball chief Jerry Colangelo warns that getting a good team together is going to get harder for a number of reasons, including personal career concerns and teams that don’t want guys to participate.
He knows more about it than any of us so maybe he’s right.
And the program he and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski pioneered was a brilliant innovation: get a pool of players together to get to know each other and then take a solid group.
It’s worked every time so far (we’ll know soon about Tokyo).
What Coach K brought to that was really critical though: he made those groups feel special, somewhat like special services.