The Tokyo Olympics will mark the end of an era for at least one major part of Team USA basketball. Following the Olympics, Grant Hill will replace Jerry Colangelo as managing director of Team USA.
USA Basketball announced the news Saturday. Colangelo has been involved with USA Basketball since 2005. The decision to replace Colangelo with Hill has been in the works for “several months,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
As managing director, Hill will be tasked with recruiting talent to the program. He’ll also have to select Team USA’s next coach. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will manage the team in 2021.
Team USA blossomed under Colangelo, winning gold medals at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics and at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2010 FIBA World Championship and 2014 FIBA World Cup.
Grant Hill has experience with Team USA
Hill comes to the position with plenty of experience. He was a member of the 1996 Dream Team, which dominated the competition to take home a gold medal in Atlanta.
Hill cited that experience in a statement announcing his hire.
“It is a tremendous honor to serve as managing director of USA Basketball’s Men’s National Team. I am looking forward to working with the USA Basketball staff and Board of Directors to lead this organization so uniquely positioned for continued growth and for developing and promoting our top talent in events around the world,” said Hill. “As a member of the 1996 Dream Team, I know the thrill and responsibility it is to represent our country. I am confident USA Basketball will continue to showcase the top talent and highest character players in our country.”
In addition to playing on the Dream Team, Hill is an NBA Hall of Famer. Hill spent 18 seasons in the NBA. He was a seven-time All-Star and made the All-NBA team five times during his career.
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