Coach Mike D'Antoni out, Jay Triano in
August 3, 2010
USA Basketball Men’s National Team assistant coach Mike D’Antoni, a member of the USA National Team coaching staff since 2006, will be unable to travel with the USA Men’s World Championship Team to Europe this summer because of back problems, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo today announced. Colangelo also announced that Toronto Raptors head coach and internationally experienced mentor Jay Triano would replace D’Antoni on the 2010 USA coaching staff.
D’Antoni will continue assisting the USA team during its Aug. 10-16 training in New York, but will not travel with the team for its training and exhibition games in Spain and Greece, or the Aug. 28-Sept. 12 FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Triano will join the team for its New York training and continue on the bench through the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
“We’ll miss Mike on our trip, he’s been a big part of this program, but we know he’ll be with us in spirit. We all realize this is what is best for him and we hope that he’s feeling better soon,” said Colangelo. “We’re fortunate to be able to add Jay (Triano) to our staff. He has been involved in our national team program since 2007 and he is someone we’re familiar with; he offers continuity and possesses a lot of excellent international coaching experience.”