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Coach K discusses Kobe, LeBron and his last Olympics.
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This episode of info -- brought team by -- university but nothing stayed in your way. From your team's standpoint now -- about the other team where you most concerned about this year in the Olympics. Before we beat anybody. We have to make sure we don't be -- now remember what we did your senior year we talked about not having to defend. Our national championship. Defending means you kinda. We already won that national championship -- take it away but defends and in your kind of protecting it you're not in an attack mode. And so you know we said we're gonna pursue. Sources say the -- pursue. You start winning forward. And that's subtle. Change. Two different works psychological ploy here they really get into it that it's just does that we have to deuce things similar to that. Like even individually -- I think LeBron is an unbelievably motivated. But he just he just climbed the mountain. I mean and he was that the best mountain climber for that -- he was the most important guy. There there's there's it's the tendency for anybody has -- that before that what to do what you need. You want to take some time to look at the view. To revel in. You know that the the moment of of doing that now two weeks later we're asking you to represent our country and go for another mountain. We have to help -- with that that that this doesn't come naturally he's done a great job it. Just help him we have to help. Our guys get to that next step. Even if there already the most motivated. Self disciplined guys doesn't matter. Well -- just he's just got off to climb in the yet and or you know like it and talking to Coby. Like he's won five championships cities. Starting his seventeenth year in the NBA he's won an Olympic gold medal. You know -- he's talked to worry we're -- what does this mean. You are in and where I had an hour talk with -- The day before we start practice and I went away saying. He -- thing. Now he looks. Great well I remember you doing that was me my senior year that's for sir. Bringing me in -- The exact. Same to have a talk with me yet -- tell you at the similarity to like you were. You're one of the greatest collegiate players to ever play the game and his good players I've ever coached on the collegiate all. In. The U. You made me better. It was exciting to coach -- You know because as you want it to achieve at the highest level. It's similar. To coaching these guys. In that whatever success they have with the nets and Lakers and all of these things. That they want they want this something's special. And some want it or capable of wanting it more. In my belief is that three of the key players for us we should want it even a little bit more. Are Kobe. Because of legacy. He's gonna go down as one of the greatest players of all time. LeBron who I think is the best corner. In this world at this time. What is his legacy is he's establishing it right now in and to rants you have that next era. The fact is they work really really well together. And this guy who are called Kobe milder states statesman. He's OK with these other two guys don't know. While he's still. That's unusual. That's unusual and shows a lot of self confidence and also the fact that you know you have to work together to get it in the guy who's. Coming up. In Durant he's good with were will bronze. You see right so the three. Guys. Who in a lot of cases would not work well together I think they're gonna work. Beautifully together I heard and read that this may be your last. Stint coaching the Olympic team. Tell us why and then what can we do to change your mind -- Well the reason. That I made and it is just so I will be asked questions like this and we could just concentrate. On this team. Seven years is a lot and there's been a lot of pressure. My feeling right now is that that in the best interest for me and my family of three USA basketball. That that would be the approach the -- right decision. As far as convincing to do it further if if we don't win and want and you'll need no convincing. Here you won't have to do that because so everyone was saying well we better get somebody you know hopefully we can win. And do it the right way and Jerry nine Jerry comments on as the goal in 2005. So that we want to win the Olympic gold medal. And we want to win the respect of our country in the world while we're doing it. I think we've done that in the last two competitions. In Beijing and in this humble. Now would like to do it again in London and if I can and my international coaching. Career. With that level of performance. Albeit very very happy guy. This episode of big focus was watching the bike to ride university crowd to support the education team USA.