Spurs coach Gregg Popovich appears committed to leading Team USA men’s basketball in 2021 after the Olympic Games were postponed because of the novel coronavirus.
The International Olympic Committee confirmed the postponement of Tokyo 2020 on Tuesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s Games were scheduled to get underway on July 24, but the spread of coronavirus has wreaked havoc across the globe.
USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo spoke of his and Popovich’s continuing commitment to the squad.
“The commitments everyone made for 2020 are still there; we’re all-in and we’re committed,” Colangelo told ESPN. “It’s important to deal with the unknowns and this virus. This, too, shall pass, and we’ll be back for everyone’s well-being.”
The rescheduling of the Olympics could impact the NBA, which is already on hiatus.
“We will follow the leader. We have to wait to see how everything is laid out and we’ll make the adjustment,” Colangelo said. “Our players are NBA players first, let’s face that.”
“Changing the window for the NBA is easier said than done,” Colangelo added. “There’s a lot of logistics and contracts to deal with. Same for the Olympics. You have to assume it will be around the same dates.”
More than 18,800 people worldwide have died from COVID-19 out of more than 421,360 confirmed cases.