The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare.

— Bobby Knight

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Discipline is knowing what to do. Knowing when to do it. Doing it to the best of your abilities. Doing it that way every single time.


Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.


If the NBA were on channel 5 and a bunch of frogs making love were on channel 4, I'd watch the frogs, even if they were coming in fuzzy.

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Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.


In order to achieve to achieve positive results, one must work for them, not hope for them


Everybody wants to be on a championship team, but nobody wants to come to practice.


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When we're playing a good scoring center, we tell our team that it is not our defensive man's job to stop the center. It's the responsibility of our perimeter people to stop the ball from going inside.


Don't fight the rabbits. If you fight the rabbits, the elephants are going to kill you.


I've never felt my job was to win basketball games - rather, that the essence of my job as a coach was to do everything I could to give my players the background necessary to succeed in life.


We talk in coaching about "winners" - kids, and I've had a lot of them, who just will not allow themselves or their team to lose. Coaches call that a will to win. I don't. I think that puts the emphasis in the wrong place. Everybody has a will to win. What's far more important is having the will to prepare to win.


A coach should never be afraid to ask questions of anyone he could learn from.


BS is just what it stands for, an MS is More of the Same, and a PhD is Piled Higher and Deeper.


I think that we as a people are always prone to think about, well, tomorrow will be a better day. Well, why will it be a better day? And I think the more that we believe in doing things better, doing the right thing rather than hoping that that's going to happen, let's make it happen.


About Bobby Knight

Quotes 150 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Basketball coach
Birthday October 25, 1940

Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.


All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.


You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.


Your biggest opponent isn't the other guy. It's human nature.


Good planning avoids the need for fixing up a project that plowed ahead without thought... about potential pitfalls.


The red I wear is Indiana's red, not Moscow's red. Indiana was here long before communism.


The biggest difficulty in getting to the top of the ladder is getting through the crowd at the bottom.


If my primary purpose here at Indiana is to go out and win ballgames, I can probably do that as well as anybody can. I would just cheat, get some money from a lot of people around Indianapolis who want to run the operation that way, and just go out and get the best basketball players I can. Then we'd beat everybody.


As I've said, basketball has been, I think, a real cooperative venture.

There have been a lot of people that have been involved in it: coaches, administrators - not recently - fans and nobody, nobody any more so than students over the years.


Passing is your best weapon against man to man.

Dribble penetration is your best weapon against zone.


I think that to stop an offense, you must go to the heart of that offense.

If it is a particular move, a screen, the break, an outstanding scorer, whatever it is that they like to do and rely on, you have to work in your plans on taking that completely or as much as possible away from them.


To me, the most enjoyable part is the practice and preparation


Positive wish: 'The sun will come out tomorrow.

' Negative reality: 'Yeah, and it will flash brand-new daylight on the same old mess unless something is done to clean it up.


I've always felt that, you know, the Almighty has a lot of things to do other than help my basketball team.


As his team prepares, a coach's entire being must be concentrated on winning games.


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.


I don't have to wait until the next morning to regret something I did that was kinda dumb.


As coaches we talk about two things: offense and defense.

There is a third phase we neglect, which is more important. It's conversion from offense to defense and defense to offense.


Perform drills that force your players to think


I have always maintained that in basketball the importance of the mental to the physical is about four to one.


And I would be the first to admit that probably, in a lot of press conferences over the time that I have been in coaching, indulging my own sense of humor at press conferences has not been greatly to my benefit.


Offense is not equal opportunity


Practice structure determines success.


Superiority and success doesn't favor good effort or self-esteem.

.. The mentally precise and physically fit win, while the mediocre and obtuse take solace in hopeful cliches.


Competitive drills enhance quickness.


Everyone wants to win, but not everyone is willing to prepare to win.


If I came in to recruit your son, I would tell you, your wife, and your son, that I will be the most demanding coach your son can play for.


This is like the town council just hired a new marshal to clean up the town, I guarantee you, if I stay here long enough, they'll get rid of me, too.


Good basketball always starts with good defense!


I'm an unemployed teacher right now and I'm looking for a place to teach.


I, fortunately, have never worried about irritating people.


Walking has been ridiculous in college basketball the past 15 years.


I always designed my practice plans the night before and then made tweaks a few hours before practice began


A great way to test the conditioning of your team is the two-mile run.


You can't imagine the number of people in professional sports who have come up to me and said, "God, you treat those assholes like I'd like to treat them." And my question is, "Then why don't you?".


Basketball is a full court game, so every drill must be done full court.


My practices were not set up to be easy or enjoyed.

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