Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.— Phil Jackson
The most undeniable Phil Jackson quotes that will be huge advantage for your personal development
The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.
Like life, basketball is messy and unpredictable.
It has its way with you, no matter how hard you try to control it. The trick is to experience each moment with a clear mind and open heart. When you do that, the game - and life - will take care of itself.
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. Of course, it's no accident that things are more likely to go your way when you stop worrying about whether you're going to win or lose and focus your full attention on what's happening right this moment.
Wisdom is an overmatch for strength.
Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.
Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I'm doing.
If you have a clear mind . . . you won't have to search for direction. Direction will come to you.
It takes a number of critical factors to win an NBA championship, including the right mix of talent, creativity, intelligence, toughness, and of course, luck. But if a team doesn’t have the most essential ingredient - love - none of those other factors matter.
Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.
I played hockey in North Dakota growing up and watch a lot of that.
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.
He practiced against Kobe all of last year, so obviously it was sweet revenge for him. We deserved that. We didn't know who he was, we gave him up to Charlotte, we had no idea how good a player he was.
I don't believe in curfews, because you can't treat men like they were boys without forfeiting a certain level of trust.
Not only is there more to life than basketball, there's a lot more to basketball than basketball.
Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
You go in the weight room and you lift weights and you do all these things to strengthen your body. This is strengthening your mind. When you can stay focused and you can use that focus to always come back with your breath to center yourself, so that you're kind of floating in the moment, in the spirit.
Yes, victory is sweet, but it doesn't necessarily make life any easier the next season or even the next day.
I think the most important thing about coaching is that you have to have a sense of confidence about what you're doing. You have to be a salesman and you have to get your players, particularly your leaders, to believe in what you're trying to accomplish on the basketball floor.
If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.
An acrobatic dunk will make it onto Sports Center.
A simple, unspectacular bounce pass in the rhythm of the offense will not. System basketball has been replaced by players who want to be the system.
Basketball is sharing.
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.
I'm a patient person. I think that's one thing that I feel comfortable I can deal with - the downfall and the errors, as long as I see progress and people trying.
If we can accept whatever hand we've been dealt - no matter how unwelcome - the way to proceed eventually becomes clear.
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.
I think people forgot that there are still ways you can get the ball inside rather than just standing there and throwing the ball in. You have to have a system that makes all things work.
I gave it my body and mind, but I have kept my soul.
My first act after being named head coach of the Bulls was to formulate a vision for the team. I had to take into account not only what I wanted to achieve, but how I was going to get there.
There's a term, agape, you hear used a lot with charismatic religious groups, that it's this more pure love of caring, of sharing of concern and understanding. I think players and teams have to come to that at some point in the season to become successful. Maybe not "personal friends," but they become teammates at the highest level of that term.
People think I would never take on a team that has no legitimate chance to win a championship, This is one of the major misconceptions about me. Success can be measured in many different ways. . . . Either way, I would find the challenge invigorating.
My philosophy is that you can't motivate players with speeches, you have motivated players that you draft. That's where they come in and those are the guys that are competitive. You cannot teach competitiveness.
For us tall people, the whole key is that your hips and your knees should form a right angle when you sit down. That's where backs and hips get to be problems for big guys.
Despite their tremendous talent, (NBA players) are still, by and large, young adults, seeking validation from an authority figure, and there is no greater authority figure on a team than the coach. Needless to say, in today's warped, self-indulgent climate, too many players couldn't care less about appeasing the coach.
The problem with trading dominant players of that size is you never get in return what you've bargained away.
Everybody has an opportunity to play a role, a playmaking role, so it makes it harder to coach. It takes a little more time.
I'm a sports-watcher. I played football and baseball, coached baseball. So I watch those things.
The strength of the team lies within the individual.
And the strength of the individual lies within the team
What moves me is watching young men bond together and tap into the magic that arises when they focus with their whole heart and soul on something greater than themselves. Once you've experienced that, it's something you never forget.
I think the most rewarding part of the job, and I think most coaches would say it, is practice. If you have it, a very good practice in which you have 12 guys participate, and they can really get something out of it, lose themselves in practice.
I'm not railing, 'This is inadequate' or 'This isn't right.' Just show me what will work.
Once you've done the mental work, there comes a point you have to throw yourself into the action and put your heart on the line. That means not only being brave, but being compassionate towards yourself, your teammates and your opponents.
Basketball is a great mystery. You can do everything right. You can have the perfect mix of talent and the best system of offense in the game. You can devise a foolproof defensive strategy and prepare your players for every possible eventuality. But if the players don’t have a sense of oneness as a group, your efforts won’t pay off. And the bond that unites a team can be so fragile, so elusive.
The best thing that I think happened to me was I got the opportunity to have really good players and we were able to meet the demand of the competition. And I think that's what I value most.
Before a vision (dream) can become a reality, it must be owned by every member of the group.
Kobe was hell-bent on surpassing Jordan as the greatest player in the game.
His obsession with Michael was striking. When we played in Chicago that season, I orchestrated a meeting between the two of them, thinking that Michael might help shift Kobe’s attitude toward selfless teamwork. After they shook hands, the first words out of Kobe’s mouth were, ‘You know I can kick your ass one on one.’
No one plays this or any game perfectly. It's the guy who recovers from his mistakes who wins.
A coach's main job is to reawaken a spirit in which the players can blend together effortlessly.
I'm not going to coach again. I've done my coaching, and I think I can put that aside.
The road to freedom is a beautiful system
You're only a success for the moment that you complete a successful act.