When the United States goes for a gold medal three-peat in men's basketball at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will be on the staff, according to Brian Mahoney of the A.P.
USA bringing the defense to the next Olympics: Thibodeau, Monty Williams joining Boeheim on Coach K's staff, per source.— Brian Mahoney (@briancmahoney) June 10, 2013
Thibodeau joins Mike Krzyzewski's staff after Coach K was originally on the fence about returning as the Team USA coach for the third consecutive Olympics. A meeting in May led Coach K back for the Rio games, and also the 2014 World Championships, which act as the international basketball scene's biggest pre-Olympics tune-up.
You may remember Chicago was a finalist to host the games, but there could still be a local vibe on the basketball side in Brazil. Derrick Rose's ACL injury robbed him of a chance to compete in London in 2012, and the Bulls' guard is likely to be on the squad in Rio, when he will be 27 years old. Taj Gibson was also invited to compete at the Team USA mini-camp in July, though figures to be a long-shot for the 2016 team. A more likely candidate is Chicago native Anthony Davis, who was a member of the 2012 team and will be only 23 years old in 2016. Who knows, Chicago natives Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor could be candidates, as well.