I believe this with all my heart: The greatest coach of all time in my eyes is my mom. She's instilled in me a toughness and a perseverance and just a never-quit mentality, and I thank her every day for providing me, for what she sacrificed her life for.
We had a great preseason. The guys responded with what coach (George Karl) wanted early on in pace of the game, togetherness and defensive intensity. We've improved in those areas with a couple of setbacks, but we've improved each game.
I've never talked to our guys about being young. That's an easy crutch to fall on. You really just have to come in and build the spirit up of your team by working them everyday, showing them examples of what they've done and reinforce their work.
You don't think the losing is ever going to end, but when it does end, you get to enjoy it and keep working with it and keep getting it better, and that's where we are.
When you get punched, you have to get up.You have no other choice. If you don't, you're not going to grow, you're not going to get better as a player.
I've been around young, talented, non-coachable players. I've been around veteran, talented, non-coachable players. No matter what you do, sooner or later - even if a coach comes in that's able to connect with them - if that's who they are, they're going to go back to it.
When you have an intense game, you're going to have arguments. I have no problem with it. I think it's healthy.
When you don't have much and you need to be at work, there's no such thing as being sick.
I love being in the gym.
I was the youngest of seven kids and I would not have been able to go to college without an athletic scholarship.
You can have great players, but if they dont want to be coached, what are you going to do?
There's nothing that you can say in the paper that should affect you.
There are 30 great jobs in the NBA, and I've got one of them.
The NBA needs more of that 'it's-about-us-against-them' mentality.
The more games you coach, the more comfortable you feel.
To this day, I hate walnuts and I hate onions because on weekends when the walnuts and onions were in season, we were out there first thing in the morning and out there until the sun went down topping onions or picking walnuts.
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