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Krzyzewski: “Something additional” comes from Team USA at Olympics

China v United States - USA Basketball Showcase

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 24: Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski of the United States talks to his team against China during the first half of a USA Basketball showcase exhibition gameat Staples Center on July 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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Running the Duke men’s basketball program is a grueling, pressure-filled job.

So in some ways it remains surprising that Blue Devils boss Mike Krzyzewski has continued to coach USA Basketball.

Now in his last Olympics, Krzyzewski explains his passion for the gig in an article from the Associated Press.

Frankly, he thinks their patriotism helps massive talent find a new level.

“As good as they are in the NBA, when they play for their countries, something additional is brought out from them and I love it,” Krzyzewski said. “I think that sense of nationalistic pride that they bring, brings out even more of their talent. They are great competitors, but they just take it up a notch. That’s what I’ve seen. I love that.”

USA opens its Olympics against China at 6 p.m. EDT Saturday.

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