quote by Dean Smith

What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.

— Dean Smith

Superior Encouraging Basketball quotations

Encouraging basketball quote Keep people in your life that truly love you, motivate you, encourage you, inspi
Keep people in your life that truly love you, motivate you, encourage you, inspire you, enhance you and make you happy. If you have people who do none of the above, let them go.
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Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.

A lot of guys go through their whole careers and don't win a championship, but are still great coaches.

Encouraging basketball quote Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay.
Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay.

Criticize on defense and encourage on offense.

I learned early that if I wanted to achieve anything in life, I'd have to do it myself. I learned that I had to be accountable.


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.

Encouraging basketball quote Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.
Be an encourager. The world has plenty of critics already.

Champions never complain, they are too busy getting better

It is not the critic who counts...The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena.

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.

Encouraging basketball quote Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.
Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.

It's not how big you are, it's how big you play.


When you want to encourage a greater sense of responsibility in others (and yourself) emphasize the anticipation of accomplishment, not the penalties for failure.

But at the same time, my parents always encouraged my brother and me to be happy with what we were doing. My parents were athletes in high school; my mom and my dad were the stars of the basketball team, but they never pushed my brother and me to be anything we didn't want to be.

Encouraging basketball quote Encouragement is the fuel by which hope runs.
Encouragement is the fuel by which hope runs.

Everyone wants to win, but not everyone is willing to prepare to win.

Coaches build teams, parents build players.

I think planning to be a "professional adventurer" is about as realistic as planning to be a basketball player, so I don't usually encourage it.

Encouraging basketball quote Encourage the heart, empower the person.
Encourage the heart, empower the person.

Encourage 'random' picks on the ball because they cannot be scouted

I've always tried to coach people the way I would like to be coached;

positively and encouragingly rather than with criticism and fear ... I've tried to be as fair as possible.