The United States is expected to successfully defend their 2008 Olympic gold medal in men's basketball, and a significant key in that endeavor will be head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Coach K will have some challenges, starting with the fact the London roster was only just finalized. Team USA was expected to be announced on June 18, but a rash of injuries prompted USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo to delay the decision till Sunday, July 7.
One key member of the team is point guard Russell Westbrook. He was/is expected to be a reserve, but is currently seeing expanded duty as Chris Paul recovers from a sprained thumb.
The extra work will give Westbrook an opportunity to demonstrate he is a capable leader for the team. While he is accustomed to playing with Kevin Durant, the U.S. men's basketball team will bring a whole new array of issues and egos for Westbrook to deal with.
Coach Krzyzewski will certainly run point with the players off the court but will also be invaluable with helping Westbrook do the same on the floor.