A great quote from Nate McMillan on coaching Kobe & Chris Paul in the 2008 Olympic basketball team (Get the Shooting Hoop Handbook to hit shots like the Black Mamba):
I’ve even looked at Kobe and said, ‘I think there are times he wants the game close.’ He doesn’t want a blowout. He wants to play in the fourth quarter and he wants to play late in the fourth quarter and he wants the game close. I think that motivates him, as a way of challenging the game. I haven’t talked to him, this is just me. I think he loves that moment so much that he prefers the game, he wants the game to be close so that he can play the fourth quarter.