Veteran mentor Mike Krzyzewski is calling it quits as head coach of the United States basketball national team after the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

"It is. It definitely is. I think it's time to move ahead. During the next season there will be a number of decisions made about the future of USA Basketball with Rio and coaching,” Krzyzewski said to ESPN when asked about his plans for coaching Team USA.

Popularly known as “Coach K,” Krzyzewski has been the head coach of the national team since 2006 and has also handled the team from 1987 to 1990. With the help of a loaded roster filled with NBA superstars, Krzyzewski did not disappoint in leading Team USA to gold medals in two Olympics (2008 Beijing and 2012 London) and two World Cups (2010 Turkey and 2014 Spain).

Krzyzewski will now focus on coaching the Duke University Blue Devils in college basketball, where he has worked since 1980 and has won the NCAA title five times: 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015.

Krzyzewski’s system is a perfect fit for the top NBA stars, who have adapted the free-flowing and balanced attack plus the aggressive individual and team defence that has produced an exciting team throughout the years.

Team USA Basketball has yet to announce the replacement for the 68-year-old Krzyzewski, who will go down as one of the best mentors to handle the national team. The announcement for Coach K’s replacement will be done before the summer games, according to the same report.

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