Team USA basketball training was scheduled to begin July 4 under head coach Gregg Popovich, with the Olympics starting July 24. The Tokyo Games were postponed this week. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

It is unclear if USA Basketball head coach Gregg Popovich is going to coach the team beyond the Tokyo Olympics, but he is going to ride out the coronavirus epidemic for as long as necessary.

USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo said Tuesday that both he and Popovich will remain with the team in 2021, which is when the Tokyo Olympics are expected to take place. 

The Summer Games have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“The commitments everyone made for 2020 are still there, we’re all in and we’re committed,” Colangelo said, via ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. “It’s important to deal with the unknowns and this virus. This too shall pass and we’ll be back for everyone’s well being.”

Team USA training was scheduled to begin July 4 with the Olympics starting July 24, but the Tokyo Games were postponed this week. A new date for the Olympics has not been announced, and it’s possible there could be some scheduling conflicts depending upon if and when the NBA resumes its 2019-20 season. 

Colangelo admitted that could be a potential issue.

“We will follow the leader. We have to wait to see how everything is laid out and we’ll make the adjustment,” Colangelo said. “Our players are NBA players first, let’s face that. … Changing the window for the NBA is easier said than done. There’s a lot of logistics and contracts to deal with. Same for the Olympics. You have to assume it will be around the same dates.”

Popovich has not yet committed to coaching in the NBA beyond this season, but it makes sense that he and Colangelo are sticking with Team USA as long as necessary. The coronavirus outbreak has impacted the entire sports calendar. No one could have seen it coming.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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CHI / 545
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HOU / 503
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MIA / 532
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MIN / 427
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NYK / 613
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NO / 203
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OKC / 478
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