If Jerry Colangelo did end up with the New Jersey Nets, his U.S. Olympians are sure he’d be successful.
As for the idea of Mike Krzyzewski joining him?
“I don’t see Coach K leaving Duke,” Lakers star Kobe Bryant said Saturday. “Never.”
Yahoo! Sports reported Friday that Mikhail Prokhorov, awaiting approval of his purchase of the Nets, would be interested in hiring Colangelo as president, with the hopes he could entice Krzyzewski to join him as coach and general manager.
Colangelo said Friday he hasn’t spoken with anyone about the job, but added, “you always take a phone call.”
“I’m not looking for a job,” the USA Basketball chairman and chairman of the Naismith Hall of Fame Board said. “I’m happy where I am, doing what I’m doing. I couldn’t be more content, but why speculate on what I’m going to do or would I be interested until a call takes place in the first place?”
Krzyzewski said Saturday that New Jersey had not contacted him, then cracked a couple of one-liners at Prokhorov’s expense.
“The guy’s Russian, right?” Krzyzewski said in Durham, N.C. “You think he’d hire a Polish guy?”
After chuckling, Krzyzewski said: “No one’s contacted me, and if they do, I think ‘nyet’ would be easy for me to say.”