Bball Quotes


“He who controlleth the backboard, controlleth the game” – Adolph Rupp

“Your defense will save you on the nights that your offense isn’t working” – Adolph Rupp

“Help one kid at a time. He’ll maybe go back and help a few more” – Al McGuire

“Winning is overemphasized. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war” – Al McGuire

“It doesn’t matter how athletic or skilled a player is, if they have a low I.Q., they won’t be very good” – Alan Stein

“People do not differ in their desire to win; they differ in the price they are willing to pay to win” – Alan Stein

“Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you said it in has left you” – Anonymous

“Talent sets the floor, character sets the ceiling” – Bill Belichick

“On a team it’s not the strength of the individual players, but the strength of the unit and how they all function together” – Bill Belichick

“Mental Toughness is doing the right thing for the team when it’s not the best thing for you” – Bill Belichick

“Until you can reach in and grab that kids heart, you can’t coach him” – Bill McNees

“You can easily separate ‘team guys’ from ‘me guys’ by how they accept coaching. The guys that accept it are about winning” – Bill Parcells

“Winning coaches look for opportunities to praise. Anything that reflects a commitment to the team is praiseworthy” – Bill Parcells

“A team divided against itself can break down at any moment. The least bit of pressure or adversity will crack it apart” – Bill Parcells

“Desire outweighs footwork when it comes to crashing the glass” – Bill Self

“Champions behave like champions before they are champions” – Bill Walsh

“Winning is about having the whole team on the same page” – Bill Walton

“Systems win! Believe in your system, and then sell it to your players” – Billy Donovan

“False Hustle = cheap fouls, lunging, reaching, etc” – Billy Donovan

“If I can’t expect someone to be accountable off the floor, how can I expect them to guard a pick and roll? Or get a rebound?” – Billy Donovan

“If you don’t feel you have something to prove every day, you’ll never improve” – Billy Donovan

“As players see themselves getting better through skill sessions, they will want to get in the gym more” – Billy Donovan

“I’m still waiting for perfection. In the meantime, I’ll settle for persistence” – Bo Ryan

“I didn’t get into teaching and coaching for the number of wins or the money. It was a passion for trying to help young people” – Bo Ryan

“Shot fakes and ball fakes work. No one uses more than Wisconsin. It’s amazing how many people don’t use them” – Bo Ryan

“I recruit hungry kids who love the game and want to get better and feel they have more questions than answers” – Bo Ryan

“Do your best when no one is looking. If you do that, then you can be successful in anything that you put your mind to” – Bob Cousy

“I dribbled by the hour with my left hand when I was young. I didn’t have full control, but I got so I could move the ball back and forth from one hand to the other without breaking the cadence of my dribble. I wasn’t dribbling behind my back or setting up any trick stuff, but I was laying the groundwork for it” – Bob Cousy

“Basketball is not an equal opportunity game. If you can’t shoot it well, you don’t get to shoot” – Bob Donewald

“A bad day coaching basketball is better than a good day doing almost anything else” – Bob Hurley

“This is basketball, not figure skating. You don’t get extra points for degree of difficulty” – Bob Hurley

“Developing better people should be the number one goal for any coach when dealing with kids” – Bobby Orr

“I never think about missing a free throw. All that goes through my mind when I’m at the line is seeing the ball go through the bottom of the net” – Brad Daugherty

“There’s a disposition great defenders have — a genuine pride that scores are a problem, people that score on me is a problem” – Brett Brown

“I always laugh when people ask me about rebounding techniques. I’ve got a technique It’s called just go get the damn ball” – Charles Barkley

“I know that I’m never as good or bad as any single performance. I’ve never believed my critics or my worshippers, and I’ve always been able to leave the game at the arena” – Charles Barkley

“Kids are great. That’s one of the best things about our business, all the kids you get to meet. It’s a shame they have to grow up to be regular people and come to the games and call you names” – Charles Barkley

“If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful” – Charles Barkley

“It’s discouraging to make a mistake, but it’s humiliating when you find out you’re so unimportant that nobody noticed it” – Chuck Daly

“Defense doesn’t break down on the help, it breaks down on the recovery” – Chuck Daly

“Players have to buy into your system and be willing to accept the role, you, as the coach, have assigned to them” – Chuck Daly

“Offense is spacing and spacing is offense” – Chuck Daly

“If you’re going to have to beg them to play, it’s not going to work” – Chuck Daly

“I’m a lot better coach when I have really good players” – Chuck Daly

“Leadership is difficult. It is a lonely responsibility. The best leaders are servants. It is always about others” – Dale Brown

“The only lasting form of discipline is self-imposed discipline” – Dale Brown

“The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and sacrifice personal glory for the common goal” – Dave DeBusschere

“Basketball is a game of sacrificing yourself for the next guy, being a team that takes good shots, and taking the right shots” – David Blatt

“You’re always going to face criticism, you’re always going to face challenges, but those things are there to make you stronger and more committed” – David Robinson

“Our job is to teach young people how to do things that make them successful on the court, in the classroom, and after graduation” – David Shaw

“There has never been a great ‘silent’ defense” – Del Harris

“Practice to beat the best” – Dick Bennett

“We cannot accept in victory what we would not accept in defeat” – Dick Bennett

“For us to be successful on defense, we must get back and stop the basketball, eliminate easy baskets, keep the ball out of the lane, and bother the shooters” – Dick Bennett

“Most of my learning and philosophy regarding coaching basketball was developed after great frustration” – Dick Bennett

“What you lack in talent can be made up with desire, hustle and giving 110% all the time” – Don Zimmer

“Pressure works, not by stealing the ball, but by changing momentum” – Donnie Jones

“The great thing about basketball is you work as hard as you can to individually get better so that your team can win” – Doug Collins

“Don’t ever have a rule that you won’t enforce with your best player” – Doug Collins

“When your teammate looks you in the eye and holds you accountable, that’s the greatest kind of leadership there is” – Doug Collins

“Work as hard as you can to become as good an individual player as you can to help your team win” – Doug Collins

“It is as big a mistake to turn down a good shot as it is to take a bad one” – Ed Murphy

“Coaching is a profession of love. You can’t coach people unless you love them” – Eddie Robinson

“Every time you compete, try harder to improve on your last performance. Give nothing short of your very best effort” – Elgin Baylor

“Coaching is easy. Winning is the hard part” – Elgin Baylor

“At the end of the day, no matter how well you score, you’ve got to be able to stop people” – Eric Musselman

“If your bigs rim run at full speed it not only increases the potential for a quick layup, but opens up court for guards” – Fred Hoiberg

“Yeah, I’m going to try to win the national championship next year. But I’m not going to kill myself doing it. I’m not going to kill my players either. You really start to realize there’s a lot more to what we’re trying to do then winning games” – Geno Auriemma

“I don’t hire good coaches, I hire good people. If they turn out to be good coaches, too, that’s a plus” – Geno Auriemma

“Everyday we are going to fight lazy and soft. It’s completely unacceptable. You have to be demanding” – George Karl

“When your best player puts it on the line every day, the other guys can’t cut corners” – George Karl

“It’s not up to anyone else to make me give my best” – Hakeem Olajuwon

“I seek to leave the world a litter better place than I found it” – James Naismith

“Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals” – James Naismith

“A lot of late nights in the gym, a lot of early mornings, especially when your friends are going out, you’re going to the gym, those are the sacrifices that you have to make if you want to be an NBA basketball player” – Jason Kidd

“I have had some bad shooting games but that doesn’t stop me from getting the ball to my teammates” – Jason Kidd

“Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable” – Jason Kidd

“The players I respected most were the toughest players, not those who talked a good game or blocked a shot and acted like a fool” – Jay Bilas

“Hard work is not punishment. Hard work is the price of admission for the opportunity to reach sustained excellence” – Jay Bilas

“The tough player is the one who is difficult to play against and easy to play with” – Jay Bilas

“The greatest compliment to any player is he is a great teammate. We can’t all be great players, but we can all be great teammates” – Jay Bilas

“I don’t need my players to like me. I need them to play for me” – Jerry Sloan

“In 19 years Stockton never once lost a suicide drill in practice. Well, there was one day. He was sick. But he still ran it” – Jerry Sloan

“The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy”– Jerry Tarkanian

“Confidence is everything in this game, if you don’t think you can, you won’t” – Jerry West

“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good” – Jerry West

“Don’t let talent get in way of team performance. Great players do what’s outstanding for team, not what makes them stand out” – Jerry West

“Anything can happen with hard work and dedication” – Jerry West

“Your ability to communicate to your young people will determine your success” – Jim Harrick

“Praise your kids. Inspire and motivate your players with praise. Ten years from now it won’t matter what your record was. Will your kids love you or hate you?” – Jim Harrick

“On good teams coaches hold players accountable, on great teams players hold players accountable” – Joe Dumars

“Freshman want to play. Sophomores want to start. Juniors want to score. Seniors want to win” – John Beilein

“If you are honest with yourself and can look into a mirror and believe that you have given 100 percent, you should feel proud. If you cannot, then there is more work to be done” – John Havlicek

“We win because we play together as a team” – John Havlicek

“Whether I start or come off the bench makes no difference to me. My game has always been go as hard as I can as long as I can” – John Havlicek

“One of the hardest things a player must learn to do is when to start a dribble and when to stop a dribble” – John Thompson

“Keep it simple. I’m not interested in trying to prove to my players that I’m a genius” – John Thompson

“You need to be tough enough to make the hustle plays, run down loose balls, run down long boards and communicate on defense” – John Thompson

“You need to work as hard to be a great teammate as you do to be a great player” – Jon Gordon

“Everyone wants to do what the great ones do; but very few are willing to do what they did to become great” – Jon Gordon

“I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence” – Julius Erving

“Goals determine what you’re going to be” – Julius Erving

“Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them” – Julius Erving

“A team is a group of players who support one another on court and who think of the group before they think of themselves” – KC Jones

“Our offensive philosophy is to simply find a way to get the ball into the hands of our team’s best player” – Kelvin Sampson

“You don’t go through life, you grow through life” – Kevin Ollie

“The secret of winning is working more as a team, less as individuals” – Knute Rockne

“It’s not about the number of hours you practice, it’s about the number of hours your mind is present during the practice” – Kobe Bryant

“You always have to be on edge. You always have to take every practice, every game, like it is your last” – Kobe Bryant

“You must have your player’s heads and hearts before they will do anything for you” – Lawrence Frank

“Winning is the first priority. Individual development is important, but if each guy gets better, the team gets better” – Lawrence Frank

“I love seeing my teammates succeed. That’s what I get more excited about than anything” – LeBron James

“I learned early that if I wanted to achieve anything in life, I’d have to do it myself. I learned that I had to be accountable” – Lenny Wilkens

“The most important quality I look for in a player is accountability. You’ve got to be accountable for who you are. It’s too easy to blame things on someone else” – Lenny Wilkins

“You’ve got to be accountable for who you are. It’s too easy to blame things on someone else” – Lenny Wilkins

“Always acknowledge hustle plays in practice” – Lou Campanelli

“It always amazes me that spectators want to coach, coaches want to officiate, and officials just want to watch the game” – Lou Holtz

“Any guy who can maintain a positive attitude without much playing time earns my respect” – Magic Johnson

“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them” – Magic Johnson

“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates” – Magic Johnson

“Everybody on a championship team doesn’t get publicity, but everyone can say they are a champion” – Magic Johnson

“It’s fun to play defense. It’s fun to watch the opponent sweat on offense, start complaining to the officials, and eventually be taken out of the game because he’s making so many offensive mistakes” – Maury John

“Emphasize small goals when you have a team that isn’t going to win a lot of games” – Mike Dunlap

“The more things we can get kids to do correctly off the court, the more they will do correctly on the court” – Mike Jarvis

“You don’t need great skill to be a tough rebounder; being a rebounder is all about effort, determination, and physicality” – Mike Malone

“Evaluate wins and losses objectively, focusing more on effort and execution than on the outcome of the game” – Morgan Wootten

“Help your players to control their emotions – do this through example” – Norm Sloan

“I would rather have a player who has mastered two or three moves than to try to teach him six or seven” – Norm Sloan

“Our conditioning program begins the first day of class. The running portion is very demanding. It has physiological advantages, as well as psychological advantages”– Norm Sloan

“Character is huge for me. Does he care about winning or does he care about playing?” – Otis Smith

“Professional coaches measure success in rings. College coaches measure success in championships. High School coaches measure success to titles. Youth coaches measure success in smiles” – Paul McAllister

“The key to any game is to use your strengths and hide your weaknesses” – Paul Westphal

“Have fun doing whatever it is that you desire to accomplish. Learn it one step at a time, emphasizing the fundamentals, and do it because you love it, not because it’s work” – Paul Westphal

“You can run a lot of plays when your X is twice as big as the other guys’ O. It makes your X’s and O’s pretty good” – Paul Westphal

“Love never fails. Character never Quits. And with patience and persistence, dreams do come true” – Pete Maravich

“When you work on getting better at something, don’t do it half speed” – Ray Allen

“I was taught to play the game from a total team concept. To be able to do everything reasonably well and some things extraordinarily well. If I’m not shooting well, I’ll try to be an asset in other ways – like defense, passing, rebounding, and hustle” – Rick Barry

“I recruit character as much as I recruit ability. And if you’ve built a team of character, they can handle moments that others cannot and they accept coaching on how to manage pressure” – Roy Williams

“Be led by your dreams. Not by your problems” – Roy Williams

“I expect to coach execution not effort” – Roy Williams

“Never underestimate the heart of a champion” – Rudy Tomjanovich

“One of the hardest things for a ball player to do is to accept his role” – Scottie Pippen

“We have the mentality of the hunter. We want to be the most enthusiastic team in the country. That’s what we can control” – Shaka Smart

“I don’t complain about playing time. My job is to play so well the coach can’t sit me” – Shane Battier

“The day I stopped worrying about stats is the day I started winning” – Shaquille O’Neal

“Coaching is not what you know, but what you can get your players to do on the court”– Stan Van Gundy

“We try to stress the little things. Because little things lead to big things” – Steve Alford

“You create shots for yourself by what you do without the ball more than what you do after you get it” – Steve Alford

“I know the strengths and weaknesses of my teammates. I make my passing decisions accordingly” – Steve Nash

“The pick and roll is more about bodies and eyes then speed and being fast” – Steve Nash

“You should always want your coach to be critical. It gives you an opportunity to learn and to overcome adversity” – Steve Nash

“If every basketball player worked as hard as I did, I’d be out of a job” – Steve Nash

“Empower the people around you, from the janitor to the athletic director. You do that by being sincere, caring about others, and then putting it into practice” – Sue Gunter

“Players act like the floor is slanted; they run downhill on fast breaks and jog uphill when getting back on defense” – Tates Locke

“The fundamentals of the game are the same wherever you go: pass, dribble, shoot, defend, rebound, screen, play hard and together” – Terry Stotts

“There is no substitution for hustle, and if you don’t hustle there will be substitution”– Tex Winter

“Good defensive play is as much a matter of hustle, desire and pride as it is anything else” – Tex Winter

“Don’t be afraid to let your players know how much you care about them” – Thad Matta

“Working hard is one thing, but working hard with purpose is what separates the good from the great” – Thad Matta

“The biggest thing is getting our guys to understand, you can’t let one mistake compound into another mistake” – Thad Matta

“We are unselfish and we trust each other” – Tim Duncan

“You’ve got to stay ready, especially around here. That’s what we preach, you’ll get your opportunity whether it comes at the beginning or in the middle or in the end whenever it may be. When your time comes, you need to be ready to go because you’re going to earn your minutes” – Tim Duncan

“We are unselfish and we trust each other” – Tim Duncan

“The time when there is no one there to feel sorry for you or to cheer for you is when a player is made” – Tim Duncan

“This is a team game and one man doesn’t win and one man doesn’t lose. In the end, the best team usually wins” – Wilt Chamberlain

“Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute” – Bill Russell

“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory” – Bill Russell

“The most important thing to me is the friends that I’ve made” – Bill Russell

“The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I’d made my teammates play” – Bill Russell

“Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you’ve got him” – Bill Russell

“Commitment separates those who live their dreams from those who live their lives regretting the opportunities they have squandered” – Bill Russell

“What distinguishes a great player is his presence. When he goes on to the court, his presence dominates the atmosphere” – Bill Russell

“The only important statistic is the final score” – Bill Russell

“The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot” – Bill Russell

“The single most important aspect of coaching is running effective practices” – Bob Knight

“The key is not the ‘will to win’… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important” – Bob Knight

“You don’t play against opponents; you play against the game of basketball” – Bob Knight

“The goal is to make practice more difficult, physically/mentally, than anything your players will face during a game” – Bob Knight

“Basketball is a full court game, so every drill must be done full court” – Bob Knight

“I always designed my practice plans the night before and then made tweaks a few hours before practice began” – Bob Knight

“I hate casual shooting. Every shot is preceded by working to get open and catch and shoot under game like conditions” – Bob Knight

“What is the best thing you can do in a close game? Drive to the basket and put pressure on the defense! Not jack up jump shots” – Bob Knight

“Passing is your best weapon against man to man. Dribble penetration is your best weapon against zone” – Bob Knight

“Players must be able to carry out simple instructions from the bench to the court. If they can’t, then they can’t play” – Bob Knight

“Discipline is doing what has to be done, when it has to be done, as well as it can be done, and doing it that way all the time” – Bob Knight

“I just love the game of basketball so much. The game! I don’t need the 18,000 people screaming and all the peripheral things. To me, the most enjoyable part is the practice and preparation” – Bob Knight

“Mental is to the physical as four is to one” – Bob Knight

“Offense is not equal opportunity” – Bob Knight

“Perform drills that force your players to think” – Bob Knight

“I sit and wonder why no one uses the shot fake. The shot fake, when used correctly, can eliminate a defender” – Bob Knight

“Coaches shouldn’t have to push you to work hard, you should push yourself to work hard because you want to be a great player” – Bob Knight

“A quick way for any player to make himself better is to think about what he himself doesn’t like to play against” – Bob Knight

“Good basketball always starts with good defense!” – Bob Knight

“My practices were not set up to be easy or enjoyed” – Bob Knight

“In order to achieve to achieve positive results, one must work for them, not hope for them” – Bob Knight

“Defense is all about helping. No one can guard a good dribbler, You have to walk kids through how to help and then how to help the helper” – Bob Knight

“The key is to maintain an evenness. Try to play one possession at a time, regardless of what happened on the last possession” – Brad Stevens

“You have a choice to make when you’re not playing. Either you’re invested and a great teammate, or your not” – Brad Stevens

“The game honors toughness” – Brad Stevens

“We’re building a culture of accountability, trust, and togetherness. Entitlement will not be tolerated” – Brad Stevens

“The difference between a good defensive team and a bad defensive team is as little as three possessions” – Brad Stevens

“You have to earn your right to win the game with effort and togetherness” – Brad Stevens

“How good can we expect to be if our best player is not our best teammate” – Brad Stevens

“My goal is to win the next game one possession at a time. That’s it. I don’t have any other goals” – Brad Stevens

“You should always sub a player out when you see them not going full speed or they’re playing selfish basketball” – Dean Smith

“What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it” – Dean Smith

“I always mean what I say, but I don’t always say what I’m thinking” – Dean Smith

“I would never recruit a player who yells at his teammates, disrespected his high school coach, or scores 33 points a game and his team goes 10-10” – Dean Smith

“One player’s selfish attitude can poison a locker room and make it hard, if not impossible, to establish team work” – Dean Smith

“There is a lot of basketball beyond our control, but a player should never let anyone try harder than he does” – Dean Smith

“Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat” – Dean Smith

“If you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot” – Dean Smith

“Basketball is a team game. But that doesn’t mean all five players should take the same amount of shots” – Dean Smith

“One player’s selfish attitude can poison the locker room and make it hard, if not impossible, to establish teamwork” – Dean Smith

“Over coaching is the worst thing you can do to a player” – Dean Smith

“Only praise behavior that you want to be repeated. Never use false praise” – Dean Smith

“Praise behaviour that you want repeated” – Dean Smith

“Sometimes you will hate me because I will tell you the truth about your game. And the truth can hurt/humble you” – Doc Rivers

“Encourage ‘random’ picks on the ball because they cannot be scouted”– Doc Rivers

“I’m looking for activity. I put players in and take them out based on effort and defense, not making or missing shots” – Doc Rivers

“Do you want to choose winning over standing out? It’s a choice every player on every championship team has to do” – Doc Rivers

“If you’re not talking, you’re not playing defense” – Doc Rivers

“Good players want to be coached… Great players want to be told the truth” – Doc Rivers

“How competitive can you be without losing your discipline?” – Doc Rivers

“You can pick captains, but you can’t pick leaders. Whoever controls the locker room controls the team” – Don Meyer

“Positioning, anticipation and technique create quickness. Therefore, you can always get quicker” – Don Meyer

“Plays are not as important as players, and players are not as important as teammates” – Don Meyer

“I have learned that peace is not the absence of trial, trouble, or torment but the presence of calm in the midst of them” – Coach Don Meyer

“If you want to thank me, go do something for somebody else” – Don Meyer

“Sometimes the best recruits are the ones you don’t get” – Don Meyer

“Recognize and reward players who put the team first, not just the gifted ones” – Don Meyer

“Practice shared suffering. If one guy messes up, everyone runs. If one guy does well, everyone benefits” – Don Meyer

“Discover your gift, develop your gift, and then give it away every day” – Don Meyer

“There’s only one thing we can control, and that is how hard we play” – Don Meyer

“It doesn’t cost nothing to be nice to people” – Don Meyer

“It doesn’t matter where you coach, it’s why you coach” – Don Meyer

“Play off your great player… great teams have a go-to player and they play off of him” – Don Meyer

“It is not what you teach, but what you emphasize” – Don Meyer

“Your program must have an overriding purpose which is clearly visible and which teaches lessons beyond winning” – Don Meyer

“Shout praise and whisper criticism” – Don Meyer

“You can have discipline and be demanding without being demeaning” – Don Meyer

“When you watch the game, be a student of the game” – Don Meyer

“Some parents would rather have their son get all-state than his team win the state championship” – Don Meyer

“Make the practices like games and the games like practices” – Don Meyer

“You never realize the value of coaching until your children play for a coach” – Don Meyer

“In the end, what your own troops do is more important than who they are marching against” – Don Meyer

“It is foolish to expect a young man to follow your advice and to ignore your example” – Don Meyer

“Players who are late are saying that their time is more important than the team” – Don Meyer

“Simplify the game as much as possible. When you add, you must subtract” – Don Meyer

“Successful programs consist of people working hard, working together, while never worrying about who gets the credit” – Don Meyer

“Anytime you get an award as a coach, you’ve got to be the ultimate fool to think it wasn’t your assistant coaches and all the players responsible for the award” – Don Meyer

“The worst day coaching is better than the best day doing anything else” – Coach Meyer

“Basketball, like all sports, is predicated on the execution of fundamentals. The coach is a teacher. His subject: fundamentals” – Dr Jack Ramsay

“Teams that play together beat those teams with superior players who play more as individuals” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

“Even the greatest players accept coaching and value the need for discipline and the order that it brings to the team” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

“I believe you win games by what you do from your first practice until your first game” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

“Players draw confidence from a poised, alert coach who anticipates changing in game conditions” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

“The highest level of achievement is attained by the teams with the best conditioned players” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

“A key basketball skill is imagery. The best players “see” situations before they happen so they can be prepared” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

“Winning is more related to good defense than good offense” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

“It’s not about any one person. You’ve got to get over yourself and realize that it takes a group to get this thing done” – Gregg Popovich

“‘Play the right way’ means play unselfishly, respect each other’s achievements, play hard, fulfill your role” – Gregg Popovich

“I can’t make every decision for you. I don’t have 14 timeouts. You guys got to get together and talk” – Gregg Popovich

“Stop by stop by stop. Play aggressively. Sprint back on ‘D’ and pay attention to how we’re supposed to guard as a team” – Gregg Popovich

“We believe in people executing their role and caring about the team more than anything individually” – Gregg Popovich

“No one is bigger than the team. If you can’t do things our way, you’re not getting time here and we don’t care who you are” – Gregg Popovich

“X & O’s aren’t worth a damn without a team. If your team isn’t with you it doesn’t matter what you draw up. The team must respect what the coach is asking them to do” – Hubie Brown

“Winning teams at the NBA level, the college level, and the high school level all play team basketball. Championship teams have 5 players on the same page at all times” – Hubie Brown

“Don’t try to imitate other coaches. Be your own person with your own style and do your own thing” – Hubie Brown

“The greatest sin a coach can commit is to allow kids to slide by. This goes for the classroom as well as the court” – Hubie Brown

“Use different basketball offensive alignments to cause confusion for the other team”– Hubie Brown

“If something works for another school, use it. Don’t act like you are too good to use other ideas” – Hubie Brown

“Your decisions reveal your priorities” – Jeff Van Gundy

“Your best player has to set a tone of intolerance for anything that gets in the way of winning” – Jeff Van Gundy

“Just concentrate on what you’re supposed to do” – Jeff Van Gundy

“Shooting percentage is just as much about decision making as it is about technique”– Jeff Van Gundy

“Your best players have to unite and inspire the group… otherwise, they’ll divide the group” – Jeff Van Gundy

“I think coaches sometimes foul their own players out of game by benching them too long when in foul trouble” – Jeff Van Gundy

“Players with high character get better. Players with a serious approach get better. The fools never get better” – Jeff Van Gundy

“You need your best players to play their best when their best is needed” – Jeff van Gundy

“Don’t worry about being cool. Worry about being the best” – Jeff Van Gundy

“The best teams play for each other, not with each other” – Jeff Van Gundy

“Other people go to the office. I get to coach. I know I’ve been blessed” – Jim Valvano

“A person really doesn’t become whole, until he becomes a part of something that’s bigger than himself” – Jim Valvano

“To go from where you are to where you want to be: you have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it” – Jim Valvano

“Never give up. Failure and rejection are just the first steps to succeeding” – Jim Valvano

“Be a dreamer. If you don’t know how to dream, you’re dead” – Jim Valvano

“All really successful coaches have a system” – Jim Valvano

“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special” – Jim Valvano

“There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with them” – Jim Valvano

“What type of teammates do you want to play with? Be that teammate yourself” – John Calipari

“I’m playing the guys who are going to fight. If you’re not into this, I’m going to someone else” – Coach Calipari

“You have to lose yourself in the team and you have to lose yourself in the game” – John Calipari

“If I walk in a home and a kid disrespects a woman, his mother or grandmother, then I am out… I wont recruit them” – John Calipari

“Practice gotta be harder than the games and it never is unless you want it to be as a player. The coach can’t drive that” – John Calipari

“It’s not just about working hard, it’s about working together. You have to care more about the team than you do about yourself” – John Calipari

“You understand, you do not invent stuff on this team. Guys that invent stuff will not play for me. Make the easy play” – John Calipari

“What do you do to help us win when you’re not scoring baskets?” – John Calipari

“When you’re a coach you’ve got to go up the ladder, you’ve got to be ready to travel. That’s the nature of coaching” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“As a parent, I have a job as a role model to my children, and by extension, to other young people” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team”– Kareem Abdul Jabbar

“The extra pass and the extra effort on defense always get the job done” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go. Don’t ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body” – Kareem Abdul Jabbar

“I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them not to let that be their only dream” – Kareem Abdul Jabbar

“I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing” – Kareem Abdul Jabbar

“It’s OK to make mistakes. That’s how we learn. When we compete, we make mistakes” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Leadership is diving for a loose ball. It’s about being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way your going to get respect from other players” – Larry Bird

“Practice habits were crucial to my development in basketball. I didn’t play against the toughest competition in high school, but one reason I was able to do well in college was that I mastered the fundamentals. You’ve got to have them down before you can even think about playing” – Larry Bird

“I don’t know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody – somewhere – was practicing more than me” – Larry Bird

“Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds” – Larry Bird

“When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro” – Larry Bird

“It doesn’t matter who scores the points. It’s who gets the ball to the scorer” – Larry Bird

“Once you are labeled ‘the best’ you want to stay up there, and you can’t do it by loafing around” – Larry Bird

“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end” – Larry Bird

“Coaches can talk and talk and talk about something, but if you get it on tape and show it to them, it is so much more effective” – Larry Bird

“Don’t let winning make you soft. Don’t let losing make you quit. Don’t let your teammates down in any situation” – Larry Bird

“There are many times when you are better off practicing than playing; but most people just don’t understand that” – Larry Bird

“Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion” – Michael Jordan

“I’m a firm believer in goal setting. Step by step. I can’t see any other way of accomplishing anything” – Michael Jordan

“Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise” – Michael Jordan

“Accept a loss as a learning experience, and never point fingers at your teammates”– Michael Jordan

“Success doesn’t stop when you get there” – Michael Jordan

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them” – Michael Jordan

“There have been times when I have failed. But there have never been times when I thought I would fail” – Michael Jordan

“Being afraid on the court means you’re not confident of your skills” – Michael Jordan

“I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results” – Michael Jordan

“Heart is what separates the good from the great” – Michael Jordan

“If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it” – Michael Jordan

“I’m not out there sweating for 3 hrs just to find out what it’s like to sweat” – Michael Jordan

“If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I wont look back and say that I was afraid to try” – Michael Jordan

“Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night” – Michael Jordan

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them” – Michael Jordan

“You can’t force your will on people. If you want them to act differently, you need to inspire them to change themselves” – Phil Jackson

“I thrive on challenges, and there is no more imposing challenge for someone in my profession than winning an NBA title”– Phil Jackson

“Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart” – Phil Jackson

“Once you’ve done the mental work, there comes a point where you have to throw yourself into the action and put your heart on the line” – Phil Jackson

“Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others out-weighing your concern for yourself” – Phil Jackson

“Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I’m doing” – Phil Jackson

“Basketball is a simple game. Your goal is penetration, get the ball close to the basket, and there are three ways to do that. Pass, dribble and offensive rebound” – Phil Jackson

“Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We” – Phil Jackson

“Not only is there more to life than basketball, there’s a lot more to basketball than basketball” – Phil Jackson

“Basketball is a sport that involves the subtle interweaving of players at full speed to the point where they are thinking and moving as one” – Phil Jackson

“In basketball — as in life — true joy comes from being fully present in each and every moment, not just when things are going your way” – Phil Jackson

“The greatness of Michael Jordan is his competitive drive. The weakness of Michael Jordan is his competitive drive” – Phil Jackson

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