To those who much has been given, much is expected.
You can pick captains, but you can't pick leaders. Whoever controls the locker room controls the team
Simplify the game as much as possible. When you add, you must subtract.
What you accept in victory, you must accept in defeat.
The worst day coaching is better than the best day doing anything else
Shared suffering: one guy messes up and everyone runs. One guy does well and everyone benefits.
When the legs go, the heart and the head follow quickly behind.
Players must do what you want them to do in pressure situations.
Administrators are like pigs; don't wrestle with a pig because you both get dirty and the pig likes it.
In practice, don't just run basketball drills, teach the players how to play basketball.
Winning a postseason game is like winning five regular season games. There is just no feeling like it. Everything is magnified. Every free throw, turnover, shot and play.
It is not what you teach, but what you emphasize.
The only thing success should do is make you more humble.
If you have to 'try hard' to 'try hard, you are already beaten.
Plays are not as important as players, and players are not as important as teammates
I tell everyone that I have 25,000 assistant coaches. If I want to know something, I just go to the grocery store.'
Habits are critical for players. They cannot think and play well at the same time.
Good shooters take the shots; best shooters take most of the shots.
Every day you teach attitude.
The team is an extension of the coach.
When you get to be my age, you don't buy green bananas because you may not be around to eat them.
Discipline and demand without being demeaning.
Only run special plays for special players; find plays that fit your players.
Anytime you get an award as a coach, you've got to be the ultimate fool to think it wasn't your assistant coaches and all the players responsible for the award.
We always need to be prepared and work hard in practice so we can be just like the farmer who has put that fourth cutting of hay in the barn. After he does that, he can feel good about what is going to happen the rest of the winter.
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