Hall of Famer and former Team USA standout Grant Hill is set to be named as the new managing director of USA Basketball. He's taking over the role previously held by longtime executive Jerry Colangelo, per ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Talks have been ongoing for several months on Hill taking over Colangelo after the Tokyo Olympics. Adam Silver was a major proponent of Hill candidacy, For starters, Hill will be tasked with selecting next USA coach post-Gregg Popovich. https://t.co/Q1JU5Puytd
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 3, 2021
Colangelo has been at the helm since 2005 when he first oversaw the team's bid in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and then the 2010 FIBA World Championship. According to the report, talks about Grant Hill's potential move to assume the role has been going on for several months. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, was also reportedly endorsing the candidacy of the former NBA vet for the position.
In addition, Grant Hill will also lead the organization's search for its next head coach, after the brief tenure of Gregg Popovich. The multi-titled mentor previously took over the role from former head coach Mike Krzyzewski back in 2016.
Compared to his predecessor, Popovich didn't see much success as the head coach of the team. Without having the league's top talents, Team USA was forced to settle for a seventh-place finish in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. At the age of 72, Popovich could already be nearing the end of his coaching career. Hill's first focus should be to find a younger replacement, in an effort to have continuity in the program.
Grant Hill also wore the national team's colors as he was a member of the Team USA squad that competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics held in Atlanta. His arrival back to the program will hopefully resurrect the team's chances of being a dominant force in the international basketball scene once again.