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Dwight Howard plans to play in Rio

Mar 1, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

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After missing out on winning gold at the London Games last summer due to back surgery, Lakers center Dwight Howard is itching to get back in the Olympics, and only had two words when asked if he plans to play in Rio in 2016: “No doubt.”

Oh wait, no. There’s more:

“I was mad I couldn’t play in the playoffs. I was mad I couldn’t play in the Olympics. I was pissed. I was looking forward to going to London. I was looking forward to making a big run in the playoffs last season, so I wasn’t too happy about the fact that I had to have surgery and miss a lot of basketball.”

Howard was among a host of American NBA standouts who weren’t able to contribute, including Derrick Rose, Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh, and LaMarcus Aldridge. But the team was still strong enough to win its fourteenth gold medal in Olympics history.

Who Howard will be playing under if he makes it to Rio is still up for debate, though, after Duke Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski reiterated the fact that London was his last tournament with the team when speaking on ESPN Radio earlier this week. Coach K said Team USA will likely name a new coach this week, with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich as the heavy favorite. Who do you think should get the job?

  1. scoregasmic - Mar 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Tom Izzo! Jk Pop should be the coach for sure

  2. milesrunner262 - Mar 2, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Stan Van Gundy. He and Dwight back together would at least make Olympic B-ball interesting again.

  3. 11thstreetmafia - Mar 3, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    This guy is a clown

  4. spzzie - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Doc Rivers because he will be able to coach a few olympics instead of one

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