Coach K verses Pops? JUCO Big Boys Missing Last Weekend”

Posted: July 21, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, Coaches, Former Stars, Player, Player Poaching, Summer Tournament

imageTwo of the best, if not the best and most respected active basketball coaches are getting ready to hand off the baton of coaching USA Olympic team.  Both coaches, Gregg Popovich and Mike Krzyzewski have military backgrounds.  AVC’s Dewayne Dedmon who signed with Gregg Popovich’s Spurs is going to gain a world of life and basketball knowledge in the years to come.  Here is a interesting blurb about the USA Olympic teams. 

By: Brian Mahoney Associated Press

LAS VEGAS – Mike Krzyzewski is working with his team when suddenly Gregg Popovich enters the gym with his own guys looking to play ball.

Krzyzewski vs. Popovich. Five-time NCAA champion vs. five-time NBA champion. It’s a mega matchup that would look good on one of the giant marquees that light up Las Vegas.

Except this is just practice for the 2016 Olympics.

And for 2020.

While Krzyzewski readies the Americans for Rio, Popovich is getting an early start on his own Olympic preparations. The San Antonio Spurs coach is overseeing the Select Team of young players training against the U.S. this week, and some of those players might be in the mix when Popovich coaches the Americans in Tokyo.

"He’s seen what we’re doing and it’s called succession," Krzyzewski said. "The fact that we’re both military guys, we understand that I have the unit right now, he’s going to take command of the unit, and we both want the unit to do well."

During practices this week, Popovich works with the young players in one part of UNLV’s basketball complex while Krzyzewski and his staff put the national team through drills in another. Eventually, the Select Team heads into the main gym for scrimmaging.

But Popovich isn’t just here to help the young guys. He’s basically a behind-the-scenes assistant for Krzyzewski.

Missing Big Boys at JUCO Shootout????

Don’t get me wrong, there was some really good teams in the JUCO Summer Shootout at Cerritos.   However, where were some of the other top JUCO teams this year.  San Bernardino Valley, Saddleback, Chaffey, San Diego, Mt San Jack, Fresno City, San Francisco City etc etc etc?

Too early for these teams to show off their talent or lack their of?

Worried that other teams will poach their players?

Issues with Shootout management?

Not big numbers of college coaches?

Who knows.  Sure there will rumors flying around on this.

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