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.
Coaching is like flying an airplane, there is going to be a lot of turbulence, but your job is to land the plane safely.
Athletes that can't listen, can condition.
Players have to buy into your system and be willing to accept the role, you, as the coach, have assigned to them
The less determined and the less motivated weed themselves out.
Defense doesn't break down on the help, it breaks down on the recovery.
It's discouraging to make a mistake, but it's humiliating when you find out you're so unimportant that nobody noticed it.
The first shot does not beat you.
I think the Pistons have such a well rounded team, which is why they're so successful. All you have to do is look at the stats defensively and at their rebounding and scoring.
I'm a lot better coach when I have really good players
Though I'd have to say it was generally the guys in Detroit, as a group, that won the two Championships. They were terrific and I always look back very fondly.
The important thing is to get the right players on the team so Mike can be successful.
Offense is spacing and spacing is offense.
A lot of guys go through their whole careers and don't win a championship, but are still great coaches.
Defense can't guard two things in a row.
I do some broadcasting and speaking as well.
If you're going to have to beg them to play, it's not going to work.
I've had too lengthy a career and coached too many players to make a choice.
The two championship years were that significant for me.
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