USA Basketball re-elects Colangelo as chairman
By Ben Golliver
Following the month’s least contested election, USA Basketball announced Tuesday that chairman Jerry Colangelo will continue to serve in his post for the 2013-16 term. Colangelo will remain as boss of the National Team for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain and the 2016 Olympics set for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“I’m excited to again serve USA Basketball as chairman for the next four years,” said Colangelo. “I’m proud of the many successes USA Basketball’s coaches and players achieved over the past four years and I’m looking forward to helping keep that momentum going. We were not only successful in competitions, but in the manner in which everyone associated with USA Basketball represented our country on and away from the court. We focused on showing the utmost respect for the competitions and for our international opponents.
“Four years ago I remarked that there is a great legacy at USA Basketball and my goal was to continue growing the legacy and to continue growing the game on every level and that will remain the case the next four years.”
Colangelo’s track record of success since taking over USA Basketball in 2005 is practically unblemished; U.S’s record during his reign is 62-1. After winning bronze at the 2006 world championships, the U.S. went on to win gold at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, gold at the 2010 world championships in Turkey and gold at the 2012 Olympics in London. The U.S., currently ranked No. 1 in the world, will enter both the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics as heavy favorites; during the last four years, Spain is the only country to have given the U.S. real trouble.
Under Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski, the Team USA has also established a Select system for cultivating National Team talent. The pair is credited with restoring the program’s glamor, and they have succeeded in convincing NBA stars like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade to represent their country.