Gregg Popovich, who was runner-up for the position in 2005, is a leading candidate to succeed Mike Krzyzewski as coach of the US senior national team.
"If you recall, Mike and Pop were my two choices in 2005," Colangelo said. "When I talked to Coach K, he almost jumped through the phone. I didn't sense that same enthusiasm in my conversation with 'Pop.' Afterward, he sent me a letter and said I misinterpreted what he said. He felt I had misjudged him, and maybe I did. But that was a long time ago. How can anyone argue with his record, his performance? With him as a great coach?"
Popovich is expected to be on a short list of candidates that will likely include Tom Izzo, John Calipari, Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan.
D’Antoni and McMillan have been on Krzyzewski’s staff since 2006.
"The rules can change," Colangelo said. "You have to be able to adapt. Coach K came in and we changed the infrastructure, the culture, the program. After London, we'll sit down and look at everything. Pop would certainly be a leading candidate if it's going to be a pro coach."