The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I’d made my teammates play.— Bill Russell
Profound Basketball Game quotations
I play every game like it's my last game.
All that matters is that you go out there and play every game as if it was your last.
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.
My goal is to win the next game one possession at a time. That's it. I don't have any other goals
Basketball is a pretty simple game. What wins is consistency and competitiveness.
Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.
So, yeah, I'm going to try to win the national championship next year.
But I'm not going to kill myself doing it. I'm not going to kill my players either. You really start to realize there's a lot more to what we're trying to do then winning games
In the game of basketball, I play first off because I love it.
I love to have fun. I love to run up and down the court.
It always amazes me that spectators want to coach, coaches want to officiate, and officials just want to watch the game
I thought we were aggressive across the board defensively, and you could just see it grow. As the game went along, you could see the confidence grow. It showed in the fourth quarter.
I didn’t fall in love with it just because it was me playing.
I fell in love with it because I’ve got guys like this – like these guys every single day that push me to be the best that I can be.
The game of basketball has been everything to me.
My place of refuge, place I've always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It's been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It's a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.
You don't just be a team. You become a team. Through tough games you find that you need each other
If Kyle Korver blocks your shot there should be a penalty box you should go to!
I continually stress to my players that all I expect from them at practice and in the games is their maximum effort.
If one of our players gets his second foul in the first half, then he must come out of the game and not re-enter until the second half. To play defense and not foul is an art that must be mastered if you are going to be successful.
You have to earn your right to win the game with effort and togetherness
I played in Joe Louis in a playoff game.
I played there when the roof caved in for half a season. The facility is great for basketball because it goes straight up, so you feel like the fans are on top of you.
It's unfair because the people booing, I believe, wouldn't want to have their child booed. Fans don't understand our lives and what we go through. They don't look at us as humans. We love the fans because they support and love the game, but at the same time it hurts when they turn their back on us.
You don't win games as a coach during games.
You win games as a coach before games. Players win during games, not coaches
Basketball is a game that gives you every chance to be great, and puts every pressure on you to prove that you haven't got what it takes. It never takes away the chance, and it never eases up on the pressure.
I look at the NBA as a football game without the helmet.
Fans never fall asleep at our games, because they're afraid they might get hit by a pass.
Prepare for every game like you just lost your last game.
Play the game with a smile.
You have to make shots to win basketball games and we didn't do that.
You also have to get back on defense, so it was a double-whammy.
I've never felt my job was to win basketball games - rather, that the essence of my job as a coach was to do everything I could to give my players the background necessary to succeed in life.
Basketball is a team game. But that doesn't mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.
Coaches win practices, players win games
The only thing I pay attention to with free throws is what a guy does in the final four minutes of a game. If you can improve players' self-esteem and confidence, get them to relax, teach visualization and routine, they will shoot as well, or better, with the pressure on.
I realize now that there's a strength in dunking that I can use to my advantage.
When you dunk all the time it isn't as demoralizing to the opponent, but when you dunk at a key moment in the game you can use it to change the momentum.
When you watch the game, be a student of the game.
The game honors toughness
When things go bad, it's easy to point fingers.
People who attempt to switch the blame are afraid to fail. We've all been afraid to fail before a game, but it shouldn't stop us from continuing, and from doing what we have to do to get the job done.
I would never recruit a player who yells at his teammates, disrespected his high school coach, or scores 33 points a game and his team goes 10-10.