A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That's how I want you to play.— Mike Krzyzewski
The most belligerent Mike Krzyzewski quotes that will add value to your life
My parents didn't really understand too much about sport.
At that time, we were in a Polish community in the inner city of Chicago, and I was the youngest of a bunch of cousins. Polish families are real big, with cousins and aunts and uncles.
Champions play as they practice. Create a consistency of excellence in all your habits.
In all forms of leadership, whether you are a coach, a CEO, or a parent, there are four words that, when said, can bring out the best in your team, your employees, and your family. I BELIEVE IN YOU. Those four words can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try.
You don't just be a team. You become a team. Through tough games you find that you need each other
In order to be a winner, you have to look for ways of getting things done and not for reasons why things can’t be done. People who live with excuses have things that can’t be done hovering around them all the time.
If you win a National Championship, or you win two, people think you have not only seen the Holy Grail, but you've embraced it. Basically, I do what a lot of people do, but I've been able to win.
The thing I loved the most - and still love the most about teaching - is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and see that individual or group exceed their limits.
I'm looking for players who make their teammates better. You do that with enthusiasm and passion.
There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride. I like to think of each as a separate finger on the fist. Any one individually is important. But all of them together are unbeatable
Footwork is one of the primary prerequisites to becoming a great player
To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.
The only way you're going to grow is to be in difficult situations.
The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.
People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel that they are doing something for the greater good.
That's another thing, we made up games.
We didn't have equipment. When it snowed, we would play slow motion tackle football. We would play hockey, but we wouldn't skate. We just made things up. I loved doing that.
Talent is important. But the single most important ingredient after you get the talent is internal leadership. It's not the coaches as much as one single person or people on the team who set higher standards than that team would normally set for itself. I really believe that that's been ultimately important for us.
Our goal is not to win. It's to play together and play hard. Then, winning takes care of itself.
I don't look at myself as a basketball coach.
I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball.
Communication does not always occur naturally, even among a tight-knit group of individuals. Communication must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one
One of the worst things anybody can do is assume.
I think fools assume. If people have really got it together, they never assume anything. They believe, they work hard, and they prepare- but they don't assume.
Imagination has a great deal to do with winning.
If you have talent with teamwork, you've got a chance to be a championship team.
During critical periods, a leader is not allowed to feel sorry for himself, to be down, to be angry, or to be weak. Leaders must beat back these emotions
Goals should be realistic, attainable, and shared among all members of the team
The other thing I knew I had was a high level of competitiveness.
The life expectancy of a team is about eight months. Then the next year, it's a whole new team.
I always won in my imagination. I always hit the game-winning shot, or I hit the free throw. Or if I missed, there was a lane violation, and I was given another one.
Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on.
It's funny what happens when you become a grandparent.
You start to act all goofy and do things you never thought you'd do. It's terrific.
In high school, in sport, I had a coach who told me I was much better than I thought I was, and would make me do more in a positive sense. He was the first person who taught me not to be afraid of failure.
Everybody wants to take responsibility when you win, but when you fail, all these fingers are pointing.
Leaders should be reliable without being predictable.
They should be consistent without being anticipated
Play and practice like you are trying to make the team.
I think you're not a human being unless you have doubts and fears.
That's what I do now: I lead and I teach.
If we win basketball games from doing that, then that's great, but I lead and teach. Those are the two things I concentrate on.
My ambition in high school was to be a high school coach and teacher, and that's still what I do: teach.
Even though we want huge individual egos, our collective ego is unbelievable.
When I was growing up, there weren't any Little Leagues in the city.
Parents worked all the time. They didn't have time to take their kids out to play baseball and football.
I'm fortunate now that I coach at Duke University and we've won a lot.
I have some kids who haven't failed that much. But when they get to college, they're going to fail some time. That's a thing that I can help them the most with.
When I went to high school, an all-boys' school, a Catholic school, I tried out for football, and I didn't make it. It was the first time, athletically, that I was knocked down.
Parents can really help, but they can also really hinder the development of their youngsters.
Actually, the Kentucky moment was better than winning the two National Championships, because it was the epitome of what I try to get from a team in a crisis situation.
Effort is fully replenishable. There is no need to save any of it. Leave every bit you have on the playing field
A leader has to be positive about all things that happen to his team.
Look at nothing in the past as failure.
Every season is a journey. Every journey is a lifetime.
Once you win a National Championship, how do you do that again? How do you get the passion to do that again? We won it again right away, the next year. A lot of it had to do with the fact that I didn't give myself an opportunity to enjoy the first one.
When you are speaking to your team after a game, never talk about the kid who was the star of the game. Talk about what your other players did to help the team win. Be sure to spread the wealth... Then have individual meetings with one to three players to praise and reinforce. Make sure you touch them.
The best teams are team in any sport that lose themselves in the team.
The individuals lose their identity. And their identities come about as a result of being in the team first.
I had a really bad temper, when I was growing up.
Sport helped me channel that temper into more positive acts.