Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK — Coach K doesn’t really care where LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh end up next summer, but he hopes they figure it out quickly.
“Hopefully, whatever they have to take care of will be done before the World Championships,” Coach K said Tuesday in advance of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Preseason NIT Season Tip-Off this week at MSG.
UConn faces LSU at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Duke plays Arizona State at 9. The winners square off on Friday.
James, Wade and Bosh all played for Coach K on Team USA when it won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
That trio will also lead the free agent parade beginning July 1, 2010.
Krzyzewksi hopes James, Wade and Bosh sign their free-agent deals well in advance of the FIBA World Championship in Turkey Aug. 28-Sept. 12.
Numerous teams, including the Knicks, have worked to get under the salary cap to make a run at one or more of these elite free agents.
“There are a few of our guys involved,” Krzyzewski said. “Bosh is involved. There are some really good players.”
Asked if he had a preference where King James, Wade and Bosh ended up, Coach K said: “I want them to go where they want to go. I want it to be where they want to go. Their life is short in this sport.”
Coach K signed on in July to coach another Olympic cycle from 2010-12. He was assisted last time around by current Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, Portland coach Nate McMillan and Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.
Coach K said Team USA would be back in the Big Apple next summer for camp.
“We’ll have a mini-camp in late July and actually be up here in New York Aug. 10 to have a mini-camp,” he said. “We’re going to try and play France here in the Garden [Aug. 14] before going over [to Turkey].”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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