Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.— Phil Jackson
Instructive Basketball Coaching quotations
A coach is someone who can give correction without resentment.
Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision.
The night before my amputation, my former basketball coach brought me a magazine with an article on an amputee who ran in the New York Marathon. It was then I decided to meet this new challenge head on and not only overcome my disability, but conquer it in such a way that I could never look back and say it disabled me.
A coach is someone who tells you what you don't want to hear, who has you see what you don't want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.
There's a misconception about teamwork.
Teamwork is the ability to have different thoughts about things; it's the ability to argue and stand up and say loud and strong what you feel. But in the end, it's also the ability to adjust to what is the best for the team.
Coaching is making men do what they don't want, so they can become what they want to be
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.
A good coach will make his players see what they can become rather than what they are.
If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you. You haven't done much today.
There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out.
Basketball really had its origin in Indiana, which remains the center of the sport.
To uncover your true potential you must first find your own limits and then you have to have the courage to blow past them.
Deep down, your players must know you care about them.
This is the most important thing. I could never get away with what I do if the players feel I didn't care for them. They know, in the long run, I'm in their corner.
My goal is to win the next game one possession at a time. That's it. I don't have any other goals
The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.
Pressure is something you feel when you do not know what you are doing.
Perhaps the toughest call for a coach is weighing what is best for an individual against what is best for the team. Keeping a player on the roster just because I liked him personally, or even because of his great contributions to the team in the past, when I felt some one else could do more for the team would be a disservice to the team's goals.
Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise
A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.
Work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good people.
The most important thing in coaching is communication.
It's not what you say as much as what they absorb.
To do the right thing at the right season is a great art.
Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.
What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.
Hard work is not punishment. Hard work is the price of admission for the opportunity to reach sustained excellence
It always amazes me that spectators want to coach, coaches want to officiate, and officials just want to watch the game
On good teams coaches hold players accountable, on great teams players hold players accountable
Champions play as they practice. Create a consistency of excellence in all your habits.
You must have respect, which is a part of love, for those under your supervision. Then they will do what you ask and more.
The more honor and self-respect among players, the greater the team.
They said you have to use your five best players but I found you win with the five who fit together the best.
I always say to my guys, 'The most important day of your life is today.
This very minute is the most important of you life. You must win this minute. You must win this day. And tomorrow will take care of itself.
The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.
Successful programs consist of people working hard, working together, while never worrying about who gets the credit.
If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.
There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It's up to you to decide what to do with them.
Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.
I continually stress to my players that all I expect from them at practice and in the games is their maximum effort.