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

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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.