Nostalgia of Kobe Bryant’s USA Memories Takeover Coach K in Resurfaced Video

Published 09/25/2023, 7:33 AM EDT

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Almost four years after his tragic death in a copter crash, Kobe Bryant is still being recalled for his larger than life personality. The Black Mamba is especially being paid homage for his “killer mentality” that helped him achieve greatness. One such stark memory was lately shared by Mike Krzyzewski aka Coach K making many nostalgic about the fallen NBA legend.

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Bryant was a remarkable player known for his outstanding skills on both ends of the court. He was determined to prove his skeptics wrong, which led to several remarkable incidents throughout his career. One such incident lately surfaced when a four-decade veteran of American basketball recalls working with Kobe.

“Guy owns it”: Coach K recalls Kobe’s Olympics moment

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Coach K lately gave a glimpse of a pep talk during the US Basketball Team’s Olympics outing. He encouraged the team to put aside their celebrity status for a moment and imagine themselves as sixteen-year-olds as they laid out their Olympic uniforms in front of them. The most surprising thing was Kobe’s reaction to this. Coack K summarised it as, “Kobe comes up and taps me on the shoulder and I said, ‘what’s up?’ Kobe replied, ‘I did what you asked me to do… And I cried…’ “

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While describing the incident Coach K said that he got chills about how dedicated Kobe Bryant could be: “I said this guy owns it.” 

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Coach K recalled that Kobe owned the game with his killer mentality.

Bryant and the Olympics

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Kobe Bryant along with LeBron James led the USA’s “Redeem Team” to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Their mission was to exorcise the demons of Athens in 2004, where the USA was eliminated in the semi-finals by Argentina.

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After that, Kobe focused on supporting Team USA in London 2012 as they aimed to defend their Olympic gold medal.

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Bryant announced that London would be his final Olympic appearance, saying, “It’s a great honor for me because I have always wanted to play for Team USA.” Barely eight after this statement, Kobe lost his life in a tragic accident and made everyone nostalgic about his Mamba Mentality.

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Nima Murugan

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Nima Murugan is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. With a Master's in English Literature, she provides detailed analysis of the games. Nima developed an interest in the NBA after witnessing the greatness of LeBron James and she continues to support the Los Angeles Lakers with passion.
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