Fans never fall asleep at our games, because they're afraid they might get hit by a pass.
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
Basketball doesn't build character it reveals it.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
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.
Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
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.
If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Basketball is a game that gives you every chance to be great, and puts every pressure on you to prove that you haven't got what it takes. It never takes away the chance, and it never eases up on the pressure.
If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for a common goal.
Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character.
Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest. Until your Good is Better, and your Better is your Best.
A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That's how I want you to play.
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.
Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.
Play off your great player... great teams have a go-to player and they play off of him.
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