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-- university coach coach K -- -- he arguably one of the best coaches of all time but he almost had to leave his job that he loves so much.
After being diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
Arthritis the coach ignore the pain for.
Years almost cost him his career now he wants to make sure today's kids don't make the same mistake.
Coach you're driving determination to overcome almost on did you how.
Well I think you you start thinking that you can live with pain you know you're Superman.
And I hadn't -- growing pains uses for over for -- fourteen years ago.
And I started the season I -- I can -- -- and instead of fight my opponent in the fighting pain every day and and then you start to deteriorate I started I couldn't coach had to sit in a chair during practice and by the end of the season and I was dead and that's -- I gotta get this thing done and I had this shipped on my left one done thirteen years ago on haven't had a second of pain and doing while in this 110 years ago I got this one coworker Alison gonna go through all that are -- They in this fascinating thing you've written a letter to the younger coach K -- younger coach Mike for his you don't want other people to make the same mistake by persevering you hurt yourself -- to -- what you believe that you would win a championship.
I -- the operation perhaps here's an excerpt of this letter for the first time that's coming out today do at a real little bit.
Sure you know it says dear Mike.
What -- what is going on with you with this pain -- that your feeling.
You know you know that.
That that pain that's bothering you that night.
You don't understand why it's there in but you're not worried.
You weren't built to work through obstacles and tolerate discomfort longer -- most of the time to have fortitude as a strength for today -- an officer.
And a coach but sometimes.
Your strength turns out to deal with a weakness and that was.
That was two truths it was a weakness and I ended up not fighting my opponent that's.
A -- pain and now I don't fight.
Pain right you fill it pays the price to be not the same person of the same energy kid to the demonstration so you -- to get that message to the people that are coaching Duke University out there.
That sometimes it takes a real man great toughness to know.
-- -- to get the operation and that's pretty much your message today.
Coach as you know in America very similar to you -- team USA coach -- duke two titans in their respective.
Conferences in in the world.
I think you are uniquely qualified to give America pep -- ready.
Article on how about right yet -- -- coaching skills for the hard court of life I sometimes your -- his talent as they are have little confidence.
America right now consumer confidence is low what do you say to the American people well the first thing is you need to believe.
In one another you know like you.
We're the best country you know start talking like we're the best country and put all the negative stuff I think if you start talking positively.
You start going in a positive direction you know that.
Unbelievable egos and talented players -- teen USA -- you do it on a regular basis with duke is the the outstanding freshman coming in have to fit into the system.
Now in America you guys rose team to be in America -- -- the country to be.
How -- you can stay on top if you're an American.
And still be motivated every single day know what everyone wants to take you down.
Well that's a great place to be the you want the target on your back that means you're really good.
But if you worry about somebody chasing you instead of you chasing what you should be chasing.
Then you're not worthy of having that target on your back coach K -- good for her -- -- -- that's -- no one you went back to back gold medals and national championship financial -- each of the teams undefeated right now.
Congratulations on putting this together you messages were the of national recognition WW -- had known then dot com to -- coach -- -- -- good to see.
It's very much and to -- -- -- troubling New York -- that.
-- -- will -- a big escort to make sure don't deviate from -- spot to be any trouble throw anymore.
Okay that might get -- -- trial.
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