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Coach K return isn't ruled out

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 08:51 PM

Mike Krzyzewski said London was going to be the last time.

Well, maybe not.

There's still a chance Krzyzewski will return for a third stint as U.S. Olympic men's basketball coach, according to multiple reports that surfaced Thursday.

Krzyzewski said he was through with the job after leading the Americans to a second straight gold medal in London.

Yet the Americans haven't hired another coach, even after USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said in London his plan was to have a successor in place around the new year.

Perhaps he won't need to make a new hire.

The 65-year-old Krzyzewski has long been committed to USA Basketball, having been on the staff of 12 U.S. teams since 1979. He said last year he thought this was "the last time," though he said he would remain close to Colangelo and the program even if he no longer was the coach.

USA Basketball said there is no timetable for a new hire, though ESPN.com reported that the deadline had now been pushed back to after Duke's season ends to allow Krzyzewski more time to decide.

LAKERS: Center Dwight Howard started against the Celtics on Thursday night after missing the previous three games with a sore shoulder. Howard aggravated a torn labrum in his right shoulder during a loss to the Suns at the start of their current seven-game road trip.

The Lakers were without forward Pau Gasol, who returned to Los Angeles after an MRI on Wednesday in Boston revealed a torn plantar fascia in his right foot. He is expected to miss at least six weeks.

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