“Many options” await USA Basketball

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This week’s news that USA Basketball will not move to Glendale, Ariz. leaves the door open for new possibilities, including staying put.

Spokesman Craig Miller said that the national sports governing body has owned its Colorado Springs headquarters building at 5465 Mark Dabling Blvd. since 1993.

“We can accomplish much of what we need here, but when Glendale came to us two years ago and offered us a new headquarters, it was too good to pass up,” he said.

Next steps in determining where the sports body will headquarter will be determined by the organization’s board which meets in Arizona on Nov. 4. Board chairman Jerry Colangelo was quoted in the Arizona Republic this week saying that the group was “considering all options.”

Because USA Basketball employs only 13 people at its headquarters, the cost of relocation is not a tremendous issue.

Most of the players it trains and coaches come from NCAA, NBA, college or university and high school teams throughout the country.

Miller said USA Basketball just completed a “very successful” training program for younger players at the Olympic Training Center last week and has “a great relationship” with the USOC.

“The OTC was great. But we also have used almost every NBA team’s facilities and quite a few university training facilities over the years,” he said. “Where we end up is really up to our board.”