CBSSports- Then Boeheim added something interesting: he made clear how Kentucky coach John Calipari has been the one consistent dissenter of Krzyzewski's involvement with Team USA. Ironic, given Calipari is no-doubt-about-it the most successful recruiter in the game (and it's no secret he'd one day love to sit in Coach K's chair, coaching the Olympic team).
If the question is "Does Coach K receive a recruiting advantage by coaching Team USA?" then the answer is undoubtedly yes. Of course he does. Any recognizable coach held in high regard, and put in a position as prestigious as coaching the best players in the world would.
Do I care? Fuck no. I hate Duke as much as the next person, but good for Coach K. Complaining about the advantage Coach K receives by coaching Team USA is essentially just complaining about his overall success. As big of a recruiting chip as coaching Team USA is, being able to say "I have the most wins in college basketball history" is much, much bigger. There's a reason Coach K was chosen to head the USA men's basketball team. Because he's a damn good coach. I'm fairly certain he didn't hand pick himself for the position.
Also, of all the people to be complaining, John Calipari? The same guy that announced an NBA scouting combine for his players no more than a month ago? You think the exposure to NBA scouts and executives while still in school makes recruits ears perk up a little? He is by far the best recruiter in the nation, and has possibly the easiest sell to any potential recruits. On a yearly basis Kentucky has 2-3 future NBA players starting for them. Regardless of championships, it's not ridiculous to say that Kentucky has had the most talented team each of the last 5 years. So cry me a river Calipari, because if were talking recruiting malpractice then you're suspect #1.