Play the game with a smile.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds.
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.
Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.
If you make every game a life and death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot.
If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.
Recognize and reward players who put the team first, not just the gifted ones.
What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
Passing is your best weapon against man to man. Dribble penetration is your best weapon against zone.
Practice habits were crucial to my development in basketball. I didn't play against the toughest competition in high school, but one reason I was able to do well in college was that I mastered the fundamentals. You've got to have them down before you can even think about playing.
Failure is good. It's fertilizer. Everything I've learned about coaching I've learned from making mistakes.
If the NBA were on channel 5 and a bunch of frogs making love were on channel 4, I'd watch the frogs, even if they were coming in fuzzy.
This is a team game and one man doesn't win and one man doesn't lose. In the end, the best team usually wins.
John Stockton is one of the true marvels, not just of basketball, or in America, but in the history of Western Civilization!
How good can we expect to be if our best player is not our best teammate
A key basketball skill is imagery. The best players "see" situations before they happen so they can be prepared
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