Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest. Until your Good is Better, and your Better is your Best.— Unknown Author
Special Great Basketball quotations
None of us can change our yesterdays but all of us can change our tomorrows.
Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.
Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision.
Commitment separates those who live their dreams from those who live their lives regretting the opportunities they have squandered.
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.
When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it.
Pressure is something you feel when you do not know what you are doing.
The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.
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.
Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.
A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.
I asked them if it wasn't too much trouble, if I wasn't being too pushy, if they could execute what we were trying to do. And if it didn't make them too angry, if they also wanted to play some defense on the other end, that would be great.
To do the right thing at the right season is a great art.
Basketball doesn't build character it reveals it.
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.
What distinguishes a great player is his presence.
When he goes on to the court, his presence dominates the atmosphere.
On good teams coaches hold players accountable, on great teams players hold players accountable
The stats win nothing. I'm still sexy. I'm still great.
The more honor and self-respect among players, the greater the team.
Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige.
It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and character.
Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.
The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.
I had orders from the great Bill Russell.
Me and him were talking in Seattle the other day, and he was telling me how rivalries should be. I asked him if he ever disliked anybody he played against, and he told me, 'No, never,' and he told me that I should shake Kobe Bryant's hand and let bygones be bygones and bury the hatchet.
Winning is about having the whole team on the same page.
Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.
A lot of guys go through their whole careers and don't win a championship, but are still great coaches.
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.
The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for a common goal.
You build your program from the ideas of great coaches.
The Spurs are a great WNBA team.
A person really doesn't become whole, until he becomes a part of something that's bigger than himself.
Recognize and reward players who put the team first, not just the gifted ones.
Discipline is the greatest form of love you can show someone. Great players crave discipline