Recognize and reward players who put the team first, not just the gifted ones.
It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.
Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro.
A person really doesn't become whole, until he becomes a part of something that's bigger than himself.
Never mistake activity for achievement.
One man cannot make a team.
Not only is there more to life than basketball, there's a lot more to basketball than basketball.
Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.
We try to stress the little things because little things lead to big things.
A guy who gives you less than what he has to give is, one, telling you what he thinks of you, and two, telling you what he thinks of himself.
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.
Systems win! Believe in your system, and then sell it to your players.
Failure is good. It's fertilizer. Everything I've learned about coaching I've learned from making mistakes.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.
Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.
Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
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