Warriors coach Steve Kerr says his time as coach of the U.S. men’s basketball team will reach an end following the 2024 Olympics.
“To me, it’s a two-year; it’s a cycle,” Kerr told Joe Vardon of The Athletic. “(Gregg Popovich) coached a World Cup and the Olympics, now it’s my turn to pass the baton. I think that’s kind of how it should be. Frankly, it’s a huge commitment too.
“I guess I think it was different the last go-around with Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) and (Jerry Colangelo), when they were really establishing this culture and this system where guys had to commit for a couple years. Made sense for Coach K to stay on. But I think where we are now, one cycle and you move on.”
Kerr, 58, could have a chance to coach some of the NBA’s best and brightest in Paris. No less than the likes of LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum and Devin Booker have already committed to the team, as Vardon noted.
Those names and more are aiming to help Team USA bounce back from a disappointing finish this past summer at the FIBA World Cup, won by Germany. And that’s a good thing for Kerr, as the next run for the gold apparently will be his last.
Kerr was assisted by Clippers coach Tyronn Lue, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and Gonzaga coach Mark Few.
“It’s obviously strategic stuff, but I think the rest of the staff would say the same thing –we can do better,” Kerr told Vardon.
Kerr and the Warriors, who have won four titles, are off to a 5-2 start following Sunday’s road loss to the Cavaliers.