On Friday, Piers Morgan brought out his own version of the full-court press, welcoming Basketball Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewsk for an honest and revealing sit down interview.
The head coach of both the Duke University men's team and the United States men's national team, "Coach K" heads to London this summer seeking to become just the second-ever American hoops coach to capture back-to-back gold medals. However, as the owner of nearly 1,000 career collegiate victories, he'll be encouraging his players to be focused only on the task at hand:
"I'm going to take a group, and we're going to try to be one, and we're going to try to win the London Olympics, OK? Why would they all be concerned about my second gold medal?" he asks the host. "I don't want - they shouldn't play for that. They should play for their gold medal right now. And I think part of being a coach is being on the page of the competitor you have the privilege of coaching, not them being on your page as far as accomplishment."
Despite a roster that features the world's most-gifted players – including the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant – the four-time National Champion recognizes that his squad will have little room for error:
"It's not the NBA, where you're going to have a second chance. In other words, if you lose, that's it. They're all seventh games in a series, like in the NBA, it's the final game."
Keeping with an Olympic theme, Friday also featured a candid conversation with women's swimmer Natalie Coughlin. Already an 11-time Olympic medalist, the California native will be stroking and kicking her way towards becoming the most-decorated female athlete in American history.
As such, comparisons to Michael Phelps came rather quickly:
"In some ways I am the female Michael. But, you know, it's apples and oranges," admits the 29-year-old. "I am incredibly proud of what I've done and what Michael's done is insane. You know, 14 gold medals and I think 16 medals total. I've been there for a lot of that. For all of that, actually. I've been his teammate for all of that."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as "Coach K" and Coughlin discuss the excitement and expectations which come with striving towards Olympic stardom.
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