A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.

— Pat Riley

The most eye-opening Pat Riley quotes that are easy to memorize and remember

There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out.


Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.


You have to defeat a great players aura more than his game.

Pat Riley quote Great effort springs naturally from a gr

Great effort springs naturally from a great attitude.


Don't let other people tell you what you want.


The Ten Commandments were not a suggestion.


There's always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.


Shoulda, coulda, and woulda won't get it done.

In attacking adversity, only a positive attitude, alertness, and regrouping to basics can launch a comeback.


Coaches who let a championship team back off from becoming a dynasty are cowards.


Excellence happens when you try each day to both do and be, a little better than you were yesterday!


The key to teamwork is to learn a role, accept a role, and strive to become excellent playing it.


Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change.


You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.


About Pat Riley

Quotes 74 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Coach
Birthday March 20, 1945

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!


When you're playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder.

Show the world how much you'll fight for the winners circle. If you do, someday the cellophane will crackle off a fresh pack, one that belongs to you, and the cards will be stacked in your favor.


The most DIFFICULT thing for individuals to do when they become part of a team is to sacrifice, it is much EASIER to be selfish.


There's no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.


Management must speak with one voice.

When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team's mission.


If you get tough mentally, you can get tough physically and overcome fatigue.


To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.


When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.


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.


Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.


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.


You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth.


From nobody to upstart. From upstart to contender. From contender to winner. From winner to champion. From champion to Dynasty.


Shouda, coulda, and woulda won't get it done.


When you're playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder.


In every contest, there comes a moment that separates winning from losing.

The true warrior understands and seizes that moment.


We sometimes need adversity to fathom our true depths.


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.


Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.


There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test;

total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.


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.


Great effort springs naturally from a great attitude.


When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, its ready to climb.


The true warrior understands and seizes that moment by giving an effort so intense and so intuitive that it could only be called one from the heart.


Discipline is not a nasty word.


Look for your choices, pick the best one, then go with it.


No rebounds, no rings.


Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable.


All I did from day-to-day is coach. That's what my job was, that's what my passion was, and the fact that now it's something I'm being considered for is just mind-blowing to me, that I would ever be in that kind of company.


There is no such thing as life in-between.


Basketball is a business. Pure and simple. If you want to have fun, go to the YMCA.


Basketball is a game of conditioning and fatigue.

That's why I believe in practicing a team to train when it's exhausted.


I've learned to keep things simple. Look at your choices, pick the best one, then go to work with all your heart.


Great players and great teams want to be driven.

They want to be pushed to the edge. They don't want to be cheated. Ordinary players and average teams want it to be easy


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.


People who create 20% of the results will begin believing they deserve 80% of the rewards.


In all the research you do as a coach, studying other coaches and championship-type situations, you find that all those teams combined talent with great defense. You've got to stop other teams to win.

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