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RIO DE JANEIRO -- A decade-plus of persistent worry finally ends Sunday night for Michael William Krzyzewski.Seriously.The coach who lugs a 75-game winning streak into the gold-medal mens basketball game of these Rio Olympics insists that he most certainly does fret and sweat about every single one of these outings.Even if only eight of those 75 Ws were decided by single digits.I worry all the time, believe me, Krzyzewski says. Its part of being a coach ... to worry. Worry does not mean not have confidence. Worry is making sure we keep moving along and giving positive energy to one another and that no one gets hurt. That type of thing.Worry means that you think the other guys good. If youre not worried, youre an idiot. If you dont think you can be beat, then youre not a real smart guy.Rest assured that no one in the USA Basketball traveling party believes with greater conviction than Coach K that the Americans are vulnerable in Sunday afternoons reunion with Serbia, which uncorked their deepest anxiety reserves as recently as nine days ago by scoring 91 points in a 40-minute game and nearly dragging the tournaments heavy favorites to overtime.Krzyzewski had spent a full two weeks before landing in Brazil trying to convince hard-headed media types and yawning fans that this competition would be no cruise for Team USA, no matter how much youve heard about the docked ocean liner that houses the Americans here.Few listened.We were telling you before the three [close] games we could be beat; now youre telling us we could be beat, Krzyzewski said with a smile the other day, calmly?fielding questions that dripped with their own concern from press pests (like me) who didnt heed his warnings.Now we all know.Reporters have likewise been trying -- and failing -- for weeks to get Krzyzewski to engage them in some semblance of a substantive rewind through these past 11 years of rebounding alongside USAB chairman and close friend Jerry Colangelo.To reflect on the journey thats taken the red, white and blue from finishes of sixth, third and third in three successive major international competitions -- 2002 Worlds, 2004 Olympics, 2006 Worlds -- back to untouchable again.To get a sense of how much the ride to restoring national pride on hardwood has meant to him.To assist with assessing his USAB legacy.I dont see a legacy, Krzyzewski will say.Or: I dont do that. I never do that.Or: Were going someplace I dont want to think about right now. This cant be about, This is my last time. Carmelo [Anthony] cant think of it as his chance to win a third gold medal. There will be time for reflection. But not now.Krzyzewski will say, no matter how creative the queries get, that hes not in a reflective mood.The reflecting is thus left to others, until Team USA actually wins this thing and takes off on Sunday nights return flight to the States, but thats OK.Reached this week by ESPN.com, freshly retired Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was eager to revisit the history Krzyzewski shuns, harking back to the Redeem Team in 2008 in Beijing that -- with Kobe making his national-team debut -- brought the bronze-ing to a halt.Coach K brought the pride of being an American back to the team, Bryant told me.He brought in army vets and generals to speak with us and share their stories. He helped us see that we, as athletes, are an inspiration to the men and women that protect the freedoms we enjoy. That is the biggest impact.The gold medal now meant so much more. When we won [in Beijing], I envisioned our troops abroad celebrating. I did it for them. Thats the perspective Coach K brought. He made it not about us but about the U.S.The emotional payoff was naturally immense for Krzyzewski, former West Point cadet, fiercely patriotic military man.And it came with a bonus for the basketball lifer. The chance to coach Kobe. To coach LeBron James. To bond as he does now with Kevin Durant, with the serious Paul George or with the playful DeAndre Jordan. To rekindle his relationship with a former Duke guard named?Kyrie Irving, who made it onto the floor for only 11 games in Durham before matriculating to the pros.Were very grateful that weve had this opportunity, said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, Krzyzewskis longtime rival from the college ranks and trusty assistant with Team USA.I can share that we feel very fortunate. Hes very fortunate to have been at Duke for so long; Im very fortunate to have been at Syracuse for so long. And weve been very fortunate together to be a part of this team with these players.Of course, as Boeheim smartly points out, its not exactly accurate to parrot the oft-made claim that this job allowed Krzyzewski, after he turned down the chance to coach Kobes Lakers in the summer of 2004, to scratch the proverbial NBA coaching itch without ever leaving Duke.This is really different than the NBA, Boeheim says. This is the best.This is getting the NBA players without agents, without anybody else telling them what they should do, with them willing to do exactly what we have to do to win. So its really not coaching in the NBA. Its not even close. We know that. This is fantasy world.Yet this is also a world where Krzyzewski, with no affiliation to any NBA team, had the license to transform himself from the man mocked for not knowing all the names of the Greek players who torched Team USA at the 2006 Worlds in Japan to a year-round mentor/sounding board/life coach to some of the biggest names in the game.If George needed a pick-me-up on the long road back from a gruesome leg fracture -- or when Durant was in the market for some knowing counsel on how to deal with the vitriolic reaction to his decision to join the Golden State Warriors in free agency -- Krzyzewski was there to call or text.Hes more of like a father-figure-slash-mentor than hes a coach, Durant said. On top of being a coach, when you have that combination, that makes for just an incredible leader.University of Texas alumnus Durant and former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins got quite a chuckle at practice earlier this week when asked to share what they thought of Krzyzewski when they were still in college.I hate to say it [as a Kentucky guy], Cousins offered, but I really have enjoyed playin for K.Said Durant: We were taught not to like Duke. I grew up in Maryland, so they used to always play each other, so we hated Duke. And I didnt think that was my style of play, just from hearing from everybody [what Krzyzewski] was like.But once I got to play [for] him, I was like, Wow, I should have looked at Duke a little bit more than I did. ... He literally told me one time, I think it was 2010 [at the Worlds in Turkey], he was like, Dont pass the ball. And I was like, All right, cool, thats the way I want to play.He wants you to go out and be who you are, Durant concluded.Said Irving in a recent SportsCenter sit-down with ESPNs Hannah Storm: What makes Coach K one of the best ever at what he does, not only as a coach but as a person, he just respects your individuality. He allows you to create what you want to create in a space that is the best fit not only for yourself but for the team.The chance to make up for lost time with Kyrie is just one of the many reasons Krzyzewski counts this as one of the most enjoyable summers of his USAB run, despite the recent rash of close games to really mess with his Worry Meter.When the group convened for the first time in Las Vegas in mid-July, it gave him the first opportunity of his career to actually have a substantive conversation with Team USA successor-in-waiting Gregg Popovich. Until Vegas, K and Pop had never been in the same place long enough to exchange much more than a handshake.A string of all-nighter dinners inevitably ensued, where Krzyzewski and his Team USA heir, both with such strong military backgrounds, quickly realized how much they had in common.News conferences have been another source of amusement. Krzyzewski takes his role of American basketball diplomat quite seriously, patiently answering whatever comes at him in the most respectful of tones, but he also likes to show us his open-mic side whenever the chance presents itself.One example: After the recent nail-biter with Australia, which found Team USA trailing by five points at halftime, Krzyzewski relished the opportunity to go back and forth with a journalist from Poland.Youre the first one to pronounce my name right, Krzyzewski quipped. I cant even pronounce my name right.What he insists he has enjoyed most, though, is the competition.As he explained after those three straight scares against Australia, Serbia and France, Krzyzewski would worry if we just won by 30 points the last three games. So it was no trouble to just embrace the requisite fretting and sweating when the blowouts failed to materialize, after which he savored the resourcefulness his much-critiqued players -- 10 first-time Olympians on a 12-man roster -- repeatedly mustered to find a way to stay unbeaten at 7-0.Satisfying is the word Krzyzewski has used after more than one narrow victory in Rio, with further frequent references to what hes been calling the best Olympics [field] that Ive been a part of.More talented than the other two Olympics that weve been in, Krzyzewski said, because more countries are really good.The Serbs are a prime example. With only one NBA player -- Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic -- theyve nonetheless played the United States tougher than anyone here and just thumped the aforementioned Aussies by 21 points in Friday nights semifinals.Theyve grown up a lot in two years, in the words of veteran center Miroslav Raduljica, since Serbia absorbed a 37-point pounding from Team USA in the 2014 FIBA World Cup final in Spain.So lets see.Lets see what happens in the rematch, as well as what Krzyzewski does at the buzzer if he can sign off with gold medal No. 3.His triumphant leap on the sideline in the waning moments of the gold-medal game in 2012, as victory over the Spaniards finally came into view in what originally had been billed as his farewell to this job, was one of the iconic snapshots of the London Games.At age 69 now, coming off knee, hernia and ankle surgery just since Dukes season ended, Krzyzewski was asked the other day what sort of encore he might have in store.If we win, he said, Im sure Ill jump around a little bit.Makes sense.When it comes to his country, hell be worry-free at last. 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Last week, as reported by ESPN, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) announced the setting up of a special committee, to be chaired by Abhinav Bindra, to review shooters below-par performance at the Games. That process has begun but the committees mandate suggests the federation is looking for a more centralised structure with greater powers vested within itself.Among the issues that the NRAI is keen to have the panel investigate are shooters hiring personal coaches, the selection of shooters for multiple Olympics on reputation rather than form and the role of private non-profits - like the now-defunct Mittal Champions Trust, Olympic Gold Quest, Lakshya Foundation, Anglian Medal Hunt and Go Sports - who liase between athlete, federation and sports ministry.It is understood that the federation would ideally like the panel to recommend that all shooting activity be centralised and under the NRAIs control.NRAI chief Raninder Singh told ESPN that one of the prime reasons for the shooters failure to win medals could be allowing them to train with personal coaches - a decision he called a tactical blunder.A personal coach is not wholly essential, he said. A shooter trains with the national coach for four and a half years but once the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme or private sponsorship organisations step in, he/she moves on to work with the foreign coach that they offer. To be trained in a particular style and technique for years and then switch to a brand new approach months before the Olympics affects preparations. In our opinion its a negative trend and performances have tanked under them.However, the facts suggest that the most successful Indian shooters of recent years have all had personal coaches. Both Bindra and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who won the silver in Athens in 2004, for instance, worked closely with personal coaches before their Olympic successes. Bindra trained with five-time Olympian Gabriele Buhlmann and Rathore with Australian Russell Mark.The federations antipathy towards private coaches is baseless, former India pistol shooter Jaspal Rana told ESPN. A personal coach is absolutely essential for a shooter. Of course, you have to ensure that the coach can produce results. Whats most crucial is the understanding between the coach and the shooter.Shooting is a lonely sport with a pronounced thrust on mental conditioning which makes the athletes need for a coachs undivided, personal attention vital. Among the coaches who travelled to Rio along with the 12-member shooting contingent include Stanislav Lapidus (who works with Gagan Narang, Chain Singh and Apurvi Chandela), Heinz Reinkemeier (Bindras personal coach), Ronak Pandit (Heena Sidhus husband, personal coach and manager of the shooting team) Ennio Falco (national skeet coach), Marcello Dradi (national trap coach) and Pavel Smirnov (national pistol coach).Jitu Rai, considered one of the biggest medal prospects for India at Rio, did not have a personal coach and trained under Smirnov, who also works with a host of other shooters.The concept of an umbrella coach working with a number of shooters makes no sense, says former Olympic shooter Suma Shirur, who travelled to Rio as a private coach to shooter Ayonika Paul. An inclusive approach should be adopted wherein personal coaches work in tandem with the national coach. EEach shooter should be allowed to choose the coach since its eventually going to be about how well they work together and deliver results.ddddddddddddThe NRAI also wants to debate the practice of family members working with shooters as coaches and accompanying them for competitions overseas under the scanner.Pistol shooter Heena Sidhu for example, trained with her husband, Ronak Pandit, a Commonwealth Games medallist shooter who was also the manager of the whole shooting team. She received Rs 1 crore in financial assistance under the TOP scheme in the run-up to the Games. She finished 14th and 18th in the 10m air pistol and 25m pistol events respectively at the Rio Games, and did not make the final at either event.Most controversial, perhaps, could be the NRAIs questioning of the role of private sponsorship organisations and calling them a contributory cause for the shooting failure. The committee has been asked to examine the multiple layers of preparation brought about by the effect of these organisations with regard to contracting some shooters and offering them funds to train and compete overseas apart from working with mental trainers and short-term coaches.We have nothing against private sponsorship organisations since they are providing an essential service, says Raninder, But the issue here is that in certain cases they have provided private funding for coaching which comes back to the same point of too many layers of preparation. We are not in the know of the credentials of coaches whom they bring on board. In being overzealous and trying to help the athlete are they ending up adversely affecting performance? Shirur was dismissive of this notion. Private sponsorship organisations are doing an incredible job with regard to providing personalized facilities for shooters. They are particularly crucial ahead of an event like the Olympics. If there is one issue they need to address, it is the attention demanded by sponsors; it can be sometimes overbearing for a shooter to have his sponsors always around. It creates a sense of pressure. Having said that, they are doing a great job of supporting the sportspersons through and through.The proposed panel is also expected to take a cold and ruthless look at the reasons why shooters are sent to multiple Olympics though they havent delivered results, and whether at all they should be fielded again. Theres one case from Rio where, the federation could take a large share of the blame - the quota swap ahead of the Games that resulted in Sanjeev Rajput, the only Indian to win a World Cup in 3-Position, being excluded from the team despite earning an Olympic quota. Theres one case from Rio where, the federation could take a large share of the blame - the quota swap ahead of the Games that resulted in Sanjeev Rajput, the only Indian to win a World Cup in 3-Position, being excluded from the team despite earning an Olympic quota. Manavjit Singh Sandhu, the only Indian shooter who went to Rio on the basis of a trial instead of a quota berth, did not make it beyond the qualifying round of the trap event.**12:57:50 IST, August 25, 2016: The line was changed to accurately reflect Manavjit Sandhus qualification process for Rio Olympics. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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