A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player's personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.
Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team's mission.
Commitment to the team - there is no such thing as in-between, you are either in our out.
When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, its ready to climb.
Great players and great teams want to be driven. They want to be pushed to the edge. They don't want to be cheated. Ordinary players and average teams want it to be easy
When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.
Teamwork requires that everyone's efforts flow in a single direction. Feelings of significance happen when a team's energy takes on a life of its own.
In all the research you do as a coach, studying other coaches and championship-type situations, you find that all those teams combined talent with great defense. You've got to stop other teams to win.
Coaches who let a championship team back off from becoming a dynasty are cowards.
When a milestone is conquered, the subtle erosion called entitlement begins its consuming grind. The team regards its greatness as a trait and a right. Half hearted effort becomes habit and saps a champion.
Complacency is the last hurdle standing between any team and its potential greatness.
The most DIFFICULT thing for individuals to do when they become part of a team is to sacrifice, it is much EASIER to be selfish.
Basketball is a game of conditioning and fatigue. That's why I believe in practicing a team to train when it's exhausted.
Any team can be a miracle team. The catch is that you have got to go out and work for your miracles. Effort is what ultimately separates great teams from ordinary teams.
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