They said you have to use your five best players but I found you win with the five who fit together the best.
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
Everyone is born with a certain potential. You may never achieve your full potential, but how close you come depends on how much you want to pay the price.
The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.
It's not what you tell your players that counts. It's what they hear.
I don't believe in statistics. There are too many factors that can't be measured. You can't measure a ballplayer's heart.
All records are made to be broken.
I can't stand a ballplayer who plays in fear. Anybody who has a good shot has got to take it and keep taking it. So he misses...so what?
Look after your people.
I never had a set of rules. Every situation is different.
If they think we've got an edge, we've got an edge.
You've got to avoid overcoaching. You've got to avoid talking too much. You've got to avoid showing players that you're the boss every time. You don't have to do that. They know you're in charge.
You can't win without the ball.
Everything can happen in the playoffs.
The best way to forget ones self is to look at the world with attention and love.
Stand up for your players. Show them you care on and off the court.
If you're keeping score, win!
He who believes in nobody knows that he himself is not to be trusted.
When players are used to winning, they put out a little more. Basketball 3rd winningest coach (regular season and playoffs) in NBA history; won 1,037 times in 20 years;
You don't win games as a coach during games. You win games as a coach before games. Players win during games, not coaches
The Boston Celtics are not a basketball team, they are a way of life.
Wilt Chamberlain had a great deal to do with the success of the NBA. His dominance, power, demeanor and the rivalry with Bill Russell says it all. He will be sorely missed by myself and everyone in the basketball community. Wilt was a great performer and a great athlete.
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