Coach K talks about getting the best out of Team USA
A question to Mike Krzyzewski from a French reporter triggered a long soliloquy from the U.S. coach Monday night about water living, pool life and boat friends.
It was quite reminiscent of his doghouse defense in the fall of 2013: “I don’t have a doghouse. I have a dog. His name is Blue.” Without further preamble, here’s the transcript of the exchange.
LE MONDE REPORTER: “Coach K can you explain again this choice of living on boat and do you miss sometimes part of the Olympic experience? And if Jimmy (Butler) could answer too. Thanks.”
KRZYEWSKI: “Well, we don't live on a boat. We're staying on a boat. I actually live in Durham, N.C., and have a swimming pool. Once in a while I get on a raft and lie in there. But I've never really thought about living on a boat. Since 1992 the U.S. teams have stayed in different locations and because of the accommodations here, that was good.
“And it's not our boat. We're not the only people on the boat. There are other people on the boat that we see, that we say 'good morning' to, 'hello.' We've actually made friends on the boat. I never knew I would have boat friends. In fact now that I'm talking about it, I might go buy a boat. And put it in my -- I’d have to have a bigger swimming pool. It’s a place to stay and we’re here to play basketball.
“And I’ll tell you what, the people in Rio have been unbelievable as far as their treatment of us and their hospitality. We’re fortunate to be here for the Olympics whether we’re on a boat or not.”
BUTLER: “I just do what I’m told. I’m told to sleep on a boat, so I sleep on a boat.”
Later, as the press conference wrapped up, Krzyzewski wasn’t finished: “I’m going to go back to the boat. See you guys. I get seasick, too.”