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U.S. men's Olympic basketball team head coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, talks with center Tyson Chandler, left, and LeBron James, right. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) U.S. men's Olympic basketball team head coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, talks with center Tyson Chandler, left, and LeBron James, right. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
DURHAM, N.C. -
Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said Thursday that he didn't "see an end" to his coaching career as he addressed at length how long he wants to remain the coach of the Blue Devils.

Krzyzewski was introduced as the head coach of the USA Basketball team for the 2016 Olympics. At his news conference at Duke, the 66-year-old coach addressed, at length, his future with Duke.

Asked directly if coaching at Duke and the U.S. team go "hand in hand," Krzyzewski said, "Actually, it's a really good point. My wife brought up, when we started thinking we might do it [coach the U.S. team], ‘Well it'd be easier if you weren't coaching at Duke.'"

"And I said, ‘Really, it's just the opposite. I don't think anybody should coach the team unless they are coaching. You've go to stay sharp. So I am coaching in the best league against the best competition against the best players I can.

"So another thing – I  wasn't sure before London how much longer I might coach. I didn't put a timeframe. But [now] I don't see an end.

"Obviously I'm not going to end before the Olympics."

Krzyzewski will try to lead the Americans to a third straight gold medal, a person with knowledge of the decision said Wednesday. Originally expected to step down, Krzyzewski changed his mind and decided to return.

"This man has unique talents for motivating people and making them want to live up to their fullest potential," Duke president Richard Brodhead said.

Brodhead said Krzyzewski has returned from his USA basketball experiences even more energized and looking forward to coaching at Duke.

"It's the ultimate honor to coach our country's team," Krzyzewski said. "And it's the ultimately honor for a player to play for his country's team."

The Hall of Fame coach has led the Americans since 2005, winning gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, and the 2010 world basketball championship. His return was first reported by Sports Illustrated.

Krzyzewski repeatedly said he planned to end his international coaching career following the Americans' victory last summer in London. Yet USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo preferred to hold off any discussion until after Coach K finished his season with the Blue Devils, and he got the answer he wanted.

"When I said I wasn't going to do it I felt I wasn't going to do it," Krzyzewski said.

Krzyzewski said Colangelo continued to discuss it with him after the season, but Krzyzewski said his wife, Mickie, was opposed. But the more they talked about it, the more they decided they wanted to return.

"I felt really excited to do it," Krzyzewski said. "It's still the ultimate honor."

Krzyzewski will lead the Americans next summer at the renamed World Cup of Basketball in Spain, where a victory would qualify them for the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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