The easiest thing to notice upon walking into the gym at the University of East London, where the U.S. men's basketball team is practicing, is the color of the walls.
They are a familiar shade to U.S. college sports fans: the light blue of the North Carolina Tar Heels.
And if you think that would bother U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski, since North Carolina is the chief rival of the Duke team he coaches, then you don't know Coach K very well.
Krzyzewski wants to beat all teams, so no one is any more important than another. It's a mentality he carries into his role with USA Basketball.
"It lends itself to this type of thinking since I've been national coach, because we're supposed to win every game and we want to win every game, so why not prepare that way for each opponent?" Krzyzewski says.
The first one on Sunday is France — coincidentally also known as "Les Bleus."
— Brian Mahoney — http://twitter.com/briancmahoney
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