The search for the next head coach of the USA menâ€™s basketball team has unofficially been narrowed down to two candidates. The popular opinion is that the job will go to either the San Antonio Spursâ€™ Gregg Popovich or the Boston Celticsâ€™ Doc Rivers.
Either of the two would be a great pick. Their resumes and reputations speak for themselves. If you have to give an edge to one purely based on accomplishments, Iâ€™d have to go with Coach Pop.
But that might not be enough.
Whether itâ€™s because of a sour relationship between Pop and USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo or just because Colangelo thinks Rivers might be a better fit, sources are saying that the edge goes to Doc.
Donâ€™t expect any decision to be made soon, though. Colangelo has said heâ€™ll probably wait until the summer to pick who will replace former head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Team USA basketball doesnâ€™t have a big competition until the Basketball World Cup in 2014.
I already said that based on resume I would take Coach Pop. However, taking a totally unbiased look at things, Iâ€™d have to go with Rivers. I think Gregg Popovich is incredible, and honestly the best basketball coach in the world right now, but I also believe that the basketball team that represents our country needs to have a â€śfriendlierâ€ť face put on it.
I know that sounds a little superficial and probably a little naĂŻve as well, but international basketball is more than just a competition, itâ€™s about representing our country. I think that Doc Rivers is a better ambassador for the United States than Gregg Popovich. Iâ€™m not sure foreign reporters would find Coach Popâ€™s dry wit and sarcasm as endearing as we do.
Letâ€™s be honest though, no matter which coach takes the reins of that team, theyâ€™re going to win. The American basketball team is just too talented right now. So it comes down to personal relationships. Unfortunately for Pop, that edge goes to Doc.