The National Basketball Association (NBA) on Monday announced that Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has officially been named president of the United States, replacing Gregg Popovich.
A statement issued by the United States of America Basketball stated that Kerr will lead the United States national team from 2022 to 2024, confirming the information reported by newspapers earlier this month.
Triple NBA champion with the Warriors (2015, 2017 and 2018), Kerr was already an assistant to his predecessor Popovic, whose departure has already been confirmed following the Olympic coronation in Tokyo.
“Our goal, of course, is to win and make our country proud. We’ll work hard for that,” replied former Chicago Bulls teammate Michael Jordan.
Two major events await him: the 2023 World Cup in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, where Team USA will try to reclaim the world title they lost in 2019 after a quarter-final elimination against France. Then comes the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024, where they will have to defend the gold medal they won in Japan. Two tournaments for which the United States has not yet officially qualified.
To help him, Kerr will have as assistant Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra, Suns coach Monty Williams and Gonzaga University team Mark Vue.
“I could not ask for a better group of people to help me lead the national team,” Kerr said in the statement.
He succeeds Popovich, who headed the national team after the 2016 Olympics and was crowned Olympic champion with gang Kevin Durant this summer in Japan.
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