Steve Kerr, who is currently the head coach of NBA’s Golden State Warriors, will be called up for national duties. The 56-year-old  coach Team USA at the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the 2024 Paris Olympics, ESPN reported. 

If and when appointed, Kerr will succeed Gregg Popovich, who headed USA to a gold medal-winning at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. 

Monty Williams, the head coach of Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra and Gonzaga head coach Mark Few are expected to be named as Kerr’s assistant coaches, as per ESPN sources. 

Golden State Warriors’ star shooter Stephen Curry on Friday said that he was excited about Kerr leading Team USA. The coach was Popovich’s assistant during the Tokyo Games. 

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“He talked about just he couldn’t imagine when he got into coaching in ’14 that we had the success we’ve had and he’d have the opportunity to leverage that into the next USA Men’s Basketball coach, which is pretty awesome,” Curry said, as per ESPN. 

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“I know it will probably flex a different muscle for him in terms of, it’s almost like borderline you’ve got to go recruit some guys, you’ve got to be the morale booster, you’ve got to put in a system. But it’s about the culture that you create around that team because you’re not together all the time. And how quickly can you guys jell. So that will be fun to watch.”

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 USA Basketball managing director Grant Hill has been meeting several candidates to replace Popovich, who stepped down after the 2020 Olympics campaign. 

Kerr comes with an attractive resume, having won the NBA championship three times since taking over the Warriors in 2014. He was the NBA Coach of the Year in 2015-16.