Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.
Prepare for every game like you just lost your last game.
Your program must have an overriding purpose which is clearly visible and which teaches lessons beyond winning.
When you watch the game, be a student of the game.
Successful programs consist of people working hard, working together, while never worrying about who gets the credit.
Shout praise and whisper criticism.
It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
Recognize and reward players who put the team first, not just the gifted ones.
Simplify the game as much as possible. When you add, you must subtract.
It is not what you teach, but what you emphasize.
Play off your great player... great teams have a go-to player and they play off of him.
Failure is good. It's fertilizer. Everything I've learned about coaching I've learned from making mistakes.
If you get tough mentally, you can get tough physically and overcome fatigue.
I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can't trust em.
The secret of winning is working more as a team, less as individuals.
I think the most important thing about coaching is that you have to have a sense of confidence about what you're doing. You have to be a salesman and you have to get your players, particularly your leaders, to believe in what you're trying to accomplish on the basketball floor.
The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
What you specifically teach is what your players will do best.
If you want team play, you must stress defense. Defense makes players unselfish.
Criticize on defense and encourage on offense.
Everybody on a championship team doesn't get publicity, but everyone can say he's a champion.
I don't try to get players emotionally up for a game; it creates too many peaks and valleys... I strive for even keel; they will get up for the big games.
Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.
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