Patrick James "Pat" Riley (born March 20, 1945) is an American professional basketball executive, and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been the team president of the Miami Heat since 1995, a position that enabled him to serve as their de facto general manager and as their head coach in two separate tenures (1995 through 2003, and 2005 through 2008).
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A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.
You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth.
Shouda, coulda, and woulda won't get it done.
Great effort springs naturally from a great attitude.
There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test;
total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.
You have to defeat a great players aura more than his game.
Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.
When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.
If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.
A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player's personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.
From nobody to upstart. From upstart to contender. From contender to winner. From winner to champion. From champion to Dynasty.
Any team can be a miracle team. The catch is that you have got to go out and work for your miracles. Effort is what ultimately separates great teams from ordinary teams.
The key to teamwork is to learn a role, accept a role, and strive to become excellent playing it.
You can only receive what you're willing to give.
Public life is regarded as the crown of a career, and to young men it is the worthiest ambition. Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure.
Basketball is a game of conditioning and fatigue.
That's why I believe in practicing a team to train when it's exhausted.
Basketball is a business. Pure and simple. If you want to have fun, go to the YMCA.
When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, its ready to climb.
Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing!
The changes in your life aren't always what you hoped for. But they usually help you grow.
When a milestone is conquered, the subtle erosion called entitlement begins its consuming grind. The team regards its greatness as a trait and a right. Half hearted effort becomes habit and saps a champion.
All of us have at least one great voice deep inside.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but simply moving on with dignity despite that fear.
Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change.
Am I a control freak? No. Do I believe in organization? You bet. In discipline? In being on time and making sure everything at the hotel is ready and right? Definitely. I don't control players. I try to control the environment around the players so they can flourish.
Management must speak with one voice.
When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team's mission.