Barring a complete collapse by the Americans in Beijing, they'll be bringing the gold back home to America. After a disappointing showing in Greece the Americans needed to look at how they prepared themselves for international play. They could no longer just show up, play, and win. International play is much different then the NBA and play has improved vastly in the last ten years. In international play the three point line is only 20'6", there's a triangular key with no restricted area, and tough play is encouraged and allowed.
Jerry Colangelo was hired to put together a senior national team that could stick together leading up to the '08 Olympics in Beijing. His first objective was to find a coach willing to give him the same commitment he was gonna get from members on the team. Coach K was interviewed and agreed to be the coach. The three year program got off to a bumpy start when the Americans lost in the semi-finals of the '06 World Championships in Japan. Coach K was criticized for his lack of respect for opposing players when calling them by number rather then name after losing. Coach K also took a lot of heat for the way he coached and made or didn't make adjustments when the US lost.
There's no doubt this team is focused and on a mission to prove everyone wrong. They're focused, determined, and look like an actual team with star studded players. This time around Coach K and his players are respecting their opponents and the NBA players are respecting Coach K. The way Coach K has taken individual stars from the NBA and transformed them into what now makes the senior national team is nothing short of amazing. I'm sure there's GMs from across the league that have taken notice and will be contacting Coach K about vacant coaching jobs following the upcoming season after seeing how he's handled the egos of NBA stars. It's only a matter of time before he makes the jump to the NBA. Teams with money, star players, and no coach will present him with an offer second to none; but will it be enough to pry him away from Duke? Only time will tell but it's my opinion that you'll see Coach K coaching in the NBA in the next year or two.