Any who here is an article on Coach K's rise as Team USA's coach, it also mentions who recommended Coach K for the job.
Colangelo, whose own loose timetable calls for resolving the coaching situation by the start of 2013, said Saturday that he still remembers the meeting back in 2005 in which North Carolina coaching legend Dean Smith, surveying all the various names on Colangelo's blackboard from every segment of the coaching population as a USAB consultant, said there was only one man in the college game who could handle all those NBA millionaires.
"This was [Krzyzewski's] big rival," Colangelo reminded. "That was one of those [unforgettable] moments."
Krzyzewski, to Colangelo, was simply "the right guy at the right time." You'll hear the same thing from the small-ballers who'll be trying to offset Sunday's significant size disadvantage against the Spaniards.