Red Holzman Quotes

The sign of a great player is not how much he scores, but how much he lifts his teammates performance.

-Red Holzman

 

 

On a good team there are no superstars. There are great players who show they are great players by being able to play with others as a team. They have the ability to be superstars, but if they fit into a good team, they make sacrifices, they do things necessary to help the team win. What the numbers are in salaries or statistics don’t matter; how they play together does.

-Red Holzman

 

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Billy Donovan Quotes

If I can’t expect someone to be accountable off the floor, how can I expect them to guard a pick and roll? Or get a rebound?

-Billy Donovan 

The big focus for us was the 3-point line. We really talked a lot about the 3-point line and trying to mix up double teams on Jai Lewis and Will Thomas and just keep them off balance.

-Billy Donovan 

False Hustle = cheap fouls, lunging, reaching, etc.

-Billy Donovan 

If one of my guys would have hauled off and punched somebody, that would be the story right now.

-Billy Donovan 

If you don’t feel you have something to prove every day, you’ll never improve.

-Billy Donovan 

I think in the SEC tournament if you can get a bye that’s always a great thing. It’s certainly very hard playing four consecutive games in a row to win an SEC championship.

-Billy Donovan 

Systems win! Believe in your system, and then sell it to your players.

-Billy Donovan 

This isn’t about me, but about all the people that have had an active role. It’s about Jeremy Foley Florida athletic director, the three presidents of Florida in the past 10 years, and the fans and players who have shared in our fortune. This is my fourth time in the Final Four two as a head coach, one as a player and one as an assistant, and I’ve been blessed.

-Billy Donovan 

I have no problem with anyone storming the court. But storm the court after the opposing team has gone to the locker room. Once the opposing team is out of the area, put them all (the fans) on the court.

-Billy Donovan 

 

 

Tennessee has been hardened by all those losses in the past, and now Bruce has brought in hope.

-Billy Donovan 

You can do one of two things: You can humble yourself or life will humble you. I think it’s a lot easier to find a way to humble yourself.

-Billy Donovan 

I’ve said it all along about this team, they derive a lot pleasure from moving and passing the basketball and playing together.

-Billy Donovan 

Self-inflicted wounds. I knew it was going to be this kind of a game. I told our team we’re going to have to grind it out and win ugly.

-Billy Donovan 

We have entered a stage right now in college basketball where 15 years ago, it would have been maybe totally no way George Mason could go to the Final Four. It just goes to show how many good coaches there are out there, how many good players there are out there. On any given night, anybody can beat anybody.

-Billy Donovan 

I think you could see how hard it is to play back-to-back nights. I didn’t like our defensive intensity in the first half. In the second half, we did a much, much better job.

-Billy Donovan 

As players see themselves getting better through skill sessions, they will want to get in the gym more.

-Billy Donovan 

For our basketball team, it was a tale of two halves. In the first half, our guys were very, very impatient on offense. We didn’t have the ball movement and the player movement we needed to have. We had good ball movement and player movement and we shot 57 percent in the second half. If we would have played similar to that and rebounded like we did in the first half, it would have been a different game. We couldn’t put it all together.

-Billy Donovan 

 

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Tom Crean Quotes

When you’ve got a team like that that’s just trying to get to New York, it’s a great league. The old adage that we beat up our own, that’s what everyone has to take into account.

-Tom Crean

It’s very hard to come back on this team.

-Tom Crean

I like our schedule. There’s 17 teams that went to the post-season, and when we looked at it there’s a potential 21 that we could face with the teams in Alaska and the Blue and Gold Classic. Then we open against Connecticut and Cincinnati. I’m jacked up, there’s no question about it.

-Tom Crean

I think he can poke fun at them and they can poke fun at him. I don’t know if it was always like that but he’s grown into it; he’s learned to trust and respect and they’ve learned to trust and respect him.

-Tom Crean

Dan’s very instinctive, which leads him to making good decisions. He can get into the lane and make some plays, and the other thing about him is his defense. He can move his feet very well — that’s his soccer background — and keep the dribble in front of him. As times goes on, he’ll be able to guard smaller, quicker guys.

-Tom Crean

For our guys to be a part of history like that was important.

-Tom Crean

Our fans have been fantastic. Our home crowd is huge to us and we haven’t seen it in a while.

-Tom Crean

It was just a matter of time for Steve. If Steve would have stopped shooting, he would have come out of the game … He has a very short memory when it comes to his shot, and that’s what a great shooter has to have.

-Tom Crean

They had a good game plan of grabbing and holding and keeping Steve from getting open looks. The credit goes to them. They played a great game.

-Tom Crean

I thought our team learned something over the (Rutgers loss). They have learned to be honest when they don’t play up to their standards.

-Tom Crean

Look what Syracuse did; they couldn’t have played any worse against DePaul a week ago and they just won four great games. Anything can happen this time of year.

-Tom Crean

The biggest key was to defend Quinn and Falls at the three-point line.

-Tom Crean

Our players are building mental toughness. It’s really hard with a young team. It’s very hard to close teams out in a close game. The more that you get experience at it and the more you learn from the experience is when you don’t do it is where it can really help you.

-Tom Crean

He’s missed one free throw in 14 months. We like to have the ball in his hands.

-Tom Crean

We still need to sign guys. We have workable depth, but we need more. The more guys you have that can handle the ball — pass and shoot and create – the better for everyone.

-Tom Crean

You must be unselfish and accept the role that helps the team the most.

-Tom Crean

Playing 40 minutes of defense was the absolute key. We thought last week that we played about 20 minutes of solid defense, and we lost our defensive intensity in the second half.

-Tom Crean

This was an unbelievable conference win. This is a special night in the program’s history. We beat a premier program in our first game in the Big East.

-Tom Crean

To start us out with one of the most storied college basketball programs of the last 15 years, I guess that?s good. My players would see right through me if I told them it was just another game.

-Tom Crean

Joe has worked so hard on his shooting, as has Dan, and we feel like it’s going in when they get the ball. We are very confident with those guys on the floor. It makes a lot of difference for us to be able to play five guards and not have any drop-off when you go to the bench.

-Tom Crean

You can’t be too high when you win, you can’t be too low when you lose. You’ve got to move on to the next thing.

-Tom Crean

It was one of the most intense battles that I have been associated with as a coach. I’m very proud of the way our team played. They won the game, but it isn’t like we lost it.

-Tom Crean

 

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Chuck Daly Quotes

Though I’d have to say it was generally the guys in Detroit, as a group, that won the two Championships. They were terrific and I always look back very fondly.

-Chuck Daly

If you’re going to have to beg them to play, it’s not going to work.

-Chuck Daly

I think the Pistons have such a well rounded team, which is why they’re so successful. All you have to do is look at the stats defensively and at their rebounding and scoring.

-Chuck Daly

I’ve had too lengthy a career and coached too many players to make a choice.

-Chuck Daly

 

 

To some degree. I know I couldn’t do it anymore.

-Chuck Daly

There’s nothing like being involved with a team that can go that distance.

-Chuck Daly

The two championship years were that significant for me.

-Chuck Daly

The important thing is to get the right players on the team so Mike can be successful.

-Chuck Daly

I do some broadcasting and speaking as well.

-Chuck Daly

 

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Jim Boeheim Quotes

This is a team that can beat anybody any night and any place.

-Jim Boeheim

I’m never concerned about how many players a team has. Some of the best teams we’ve ever play only had five guys. In basketball, it’s not about numbers, you don’t need 10 guys, you only need five.

-Jim Boeheim

He just had a fluke injury in practice, and we’re hoping he’ll be back soon. We’re hopeful he would be able to play fairly soon, but we don’t know.

-Jim Boeheim

Most of the people in the Hall are on a different level from me.

-Jim Boeheim

We’re pretty good, and we’re getting better. I can’t say we’re one of the top three or four teams in the country, but we’re definitely better than we were last year. Our problem is overly physical teams give us trouble.

-Jim Boeheim

I’m going to be very nervous, … You give hundreds, probably thousands of speeches in this business, but you only get one chance to make an acceptance speech at the Hall of Fame. That’s pressure.

-Jim Boeheim

Those two helped us to get off to such a great start, … They laid the foundation for the success we’ve had.

-Jim Boeheim

When they caught us, and they caught us three or four times, we kept going. Usually, when that happens, you let it go away a little bit. But these guys (Syracuse player) wouldn’t let it go away.

-Jim Boeheim

They won’t let you shoot it. But if they do, shoot it!

-Jim Boeheim

When Gerry got the ball coming down, I set something up. I told him (to) drive and give it to one of three guys at the end of regulation. He looked at me and said, ‘Can I shoot it?’ I said, ‘They’re not going to let you shoot it. But if they do, shoot it. As soon as he released it, there was never a doubt that ball was nothing but net.

-Jim Boeheim

I think if you can beat the No. 1 team in the country, you should be in.

-Jim Boeheim

Our biggest problem has been defending people. Offensively we played pretty well but it’s pretty disappointing at this time of the year that we can’t stop people on defense. We’re fortunate we’ve won as many games in our conference as we have playing the defense we have all year.

-Jim Boeheim

You have to have tough, physical guys to get away with that. That’s what Villanova has. The advantage is you get a big advantage on offense but a disadvantage on defense. But I think it balances out. But you have to have tough kids to do that. They have tough kids and veterans so they can get away with it.

-Jim Boeheim

We gave them four wide open shots at the beginning of the game. You can’t do that against a quality team like Villanova.

-Jim Boeheim

He hadn’t been in the whole game, and he comes into that situation and if he misses then they have a shot to go ahead.

-Jim Boeheim

Eric took the same shots he did against Connecticut except they blocked them.

-Jim Boeheim

Everybody wants the opportunity, no matter what you do in the regular season, to get to your league tournament, but we knew the rules.

-Jim Boeheim

 

 

This is the best one for sure, … It even fits perfectly. It has permanently banished all of the bad sport coats.

-Jim Boeheim

New Orleans means a lot to me. To win on the same court we lost on was a tremendous experience. … To see what’s happened to New Orleans is even more difficult for me because of what the city meant to our team.

-Jim Boeheim

Syracuse, New York, is like Hawaii for eight months of the year, … The other four months, I don’t care about the weather because we’re playing basketball.

-Jim Boeheim

It seemed for a long time there that we made the finals every year and took it for granted. It has been a while.

-Jim Boeheim

It had nothing to do with the law or breaking rules. He just had some personal issues he had to deal with. We’ve never talked about it, and we never will. I’m sure Billy never will either. The bottom line is, we think he’s on the right track, and we’re pretty confident he’ll be available second semester.

-Jim Boeheim

From the beginning of the year, we never talked about [Anthony] being the best freshman in the country. We talked about him being the best player in the country. I think he proved that tonight.

-Jim Boeheim

We’re not leaving out teams that can only win one game or no games. Now the reality is that we’re leaving out teams that can win two and three and four games.

-Jim Boeheim

They should have never hired Bobby Knight.

-Jim Boeheim

I think we should expand. I think we’re ready for this. The game needs an expansion of the tournament.

-Jim Boeheim

We didn’t do a very good job on the offensive glass.

-Jim Boeheim

We don’t make excuses. They played well defensively and they deserved to win the game.

-Jim Boeheim

We’re not really doing a good job of getting our offense going, getting rhythm and getting the ball to our shooters.

-Jim Boeheim

It’s a tremendous honor but it’s like anything you get in life. It really doesn’t change the future. You still have to go out and recruit and try to do the best coaching job you can. There is no better honor but it’s not going to help us beat anybody.

-Jim Boeheim

 

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Adolph Rupp Quotes

Your defense will save you on the nights that your offense isn’t working.

-Adolph Rupp

If a Coach is determined to stay in the coaching profession, he will develop from year to year. This much is true, no coach has a monopoly on the knowledge of basketball. There are no secrets in the game. The only secrets, if there are any, are good teaching of sound fundamentals, intelligent handling of men, a sound system of play, and the ability to instill in the boys a desire to win.

-Adolph Rupp

 

 

He who controlleth the backboard, controlleth the game.

-Adolph Rupp

I believe that good defense embodies seven cardinal principles: reduce the number of your opponent’s shots; force your opponent into low percentage shots; control everything within 18 feet; eliminate second shots; no easy baskets; point the ball on all long shots; and prevent the ball from going into the pivot man.

-Adolph Rupp

 

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Bill Self Quotes

I was disappointed in how we played not how we lost because Arizona’s a great team, … I thought we might be nervous and then Arizona’s pressure set the tone early. Then we dug ourselves another hole we couldn’t climb out of.

-Bill Self 

Desire outweighs footwork when it comes to crashing the glass.

-Bill Self 

There’s not many things less important than the score at halftime. It’s kind of like that deal with the race. Seven games in, who really knows?

-Bill Self 

We’re still playing better physically than we are mentally.

-Bill Self 

Most every day — if not every day — for the rest of your life, you will be reminded or think of this night. And I want to thank you in advance right now for the great memories it’s going to be.

-Bill Self 

They’re an immature, fun and focused group. They don’t get excited on the road. Even in the Missouri game, they weren’t rattled.

-Bill Self 

These guys will come in and will play hard. They can shoot the ball. They’ll make us make plays which will be good for us. Hopefully, we’ll be excited to play. I’m sure the Holmes boys will let their teammates know how much it means to them and how much fun they’ll have playing in Allen. We’ll do the same.

-Bill Self 

It’s a wacky race. I really believe this: Expect the unexpected.

-Bill Self 

I think Rondo is the best, most complete guard in the country. He has a unique way about him. He can change the game in one or two possessions because of his length defensively and his hands. That’s something that we have to be prepared for.

-Bill Self 

I love our team. I love working with the guys. They just want to get out there. This group has been like a sponge.

-Bill Self 

We’ve probably had the toughest losses of anybody in America. I think the table will turn.

-Bill Self 

 

 

You’ve got to drive it to score. He chose to pass. That didn’t cost us. What cost us is at the end of regulation we didn’t execute.

-Bill Self 

We’re not quite as top heavy as what we’ve been in years past. The talent level is so close to equal that there’s more chance for upsets. There is less discrepancy one through 12.

-Bill Self 

Winning in someone else’s building is always gratifying. I think this win will give them a lot of confidence.

-Bill Self 

It’s amazing. We got 20 different answers in our locker room.

-Bill Self 

The big thing is, we have to figure out as a team and staff a lot of things: a.) who to play, and b.) how we’re going to play in different situations.

-Bill Self 

We have to be totally on the same page that whatever the situation is, we can get a shot whenever we want to. Right now, we run offense to run offense, as opposed to run offense to score.

-Bill Self 

It should give us great confidence. Last year, we went into the [NCAA] Tournament on kind of a downswing. This one, we’re certainly on an upswing.

-Bill Self 

We were just about dead, but the guys didn’t quit.

-Bill Self 

It’s obviously not as decorated a class as they’ve had come through here, but as far as maximizing their abilities, these guys did it pretty well. One big reason why the freshmen have done better here and done so well in the league is because the seniors have accepted their roles and haven’t fought it. If they had fought it, our chemistry wouldn’t be near as good as it is.

-Bill Self 

There’s not a guy being recruited into the Big 12 that probably wasn’t the No. 1 guy on their high school team, for the most part. I think what you’ll find out is, what I hope I find out, is these guys in a short amount of time after they get here have been humbled. That they know not everything revolves around ‘me.’ I think they’ll relish the fact there’s balance. Because with balance comes more opportunities for the individual.

-Bill Self 

Bob Huggins Quotes

I wanted to show how much I appreciate you people, how much I appreciate this great city.

-Bob Huggins

I think there’s a lot of guys in this league that get a lot out of their players.

-Bob Huggins

I definitely want to get back into coaching in the right situation.

-Bob Huggins

I said a few years ago when I didn’t go to West Virginia that the greatest resource of this city is the people and I mean that. It was a good run.

-Bob Huggins

I don’t know many people who got to know me who want me to change a bunch. I’m not perfect. I don’t think anybody is. I try to fix it.

-Bob Huggins

I am really excited about this opportunity. I don’t know if I’ve ever been around nicer people. People more committed to doing things the right way and more committed to student-athletes.

-Bob Huggins

 

 

My intention is to do everything in my power to meet whatever conditions I’m asked to do by my superiors.

-Bob Huggins

We didn’t leave anything in the bag. We played virtually every defense we could play. We ran a bunch of sets we hadn’t run in a long time. Both teams really gutted it out.

-Bob Huggins

I’ve been blessed to have some of the greatest people that certainly I’ve ever met play for me. We are and have been very much a close family – the guys that were my first guys to come in to the latest guys.

-Bob Huggins

I don’t think I’m a bad guy. If you talk to people who know me, you don’t hear bad things. Have I made mistakes? Sure, but I venture to say most people have. I’m sincerely sorry about them, and I try to fix them. That’s life.

-Bob Huggins

Mike does a great job. His kids play so hard and they are never out of a game.

-Bob Huggins

We moved here when my oldest daughter started first grade; she graduated from UC this year. It’s a great school. There are great people.

-Bob Huggins

 

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Roy Williams Quotes

I’m going to enjoy the hell out of this week and I’m not letting anybody bother me with any junk if it doesn’t do anything with Kansas basketball, my players, great places to eat or rivers to spit in.

-Roy Williams

The airport gets 90 percent of its revenue from passenger fees, so we hope to be a going concern as quickly as possible.

-Roy Williams

If you talk for one minute about 400 wins, you need to talk about good kids. You need to talk about kids who have tried to do things the right way and represent this university well.

-Roy Williams

It makes me feel good, sure. But this isn’t my last one. I still hope to coach a heck of a long time.

-Roy Williams

I look at Sean and the clock said zero and C.B. McGrath (assistant) said something nice and here comes Sean, big and sweaty, … And in my coaching life, it’s the single greatest coaching moment I’ve ever had.

-Roy Williams

This is one of those times I feel so inadequate as a coach and person. There’s nothing that can change the way the kids feel, nothing that can change the way I feel.

-Roy Williams

If there’s anything to that, … it’s going to be very bad, because it’s taking money from a struggling black institution.

-Roy Williams

I hate it for Damion because he was prepared to play this year and had an opportunity to help us, … From a basketball perspective, it certainly has an impact on our frontcourt depth. We didn’t have much to start with, and now we are losing our biggest low-post player.

-Roy Williams

 I told them they messed up. I told them I was going to knock them out.

-Roy Williams

What I think now is that it allows them to get coached by listening to their teammates handle what perhaps could be difficult questions.

-Roy Williams

 

 

Her big thing was moving Dallas into the 21st century in terms of race relations and policies that affect housing and public service. She was an advocate for the people.

-Roy Williams

There’s no possible way you’re going to drop a brick and have it fall on your toe. You’re going to look at that brick all the way in. I think it’s helped.

-Roy Williams

They called two plays against the coverage that honestly put me in a bind where I’m basically on two people at one time. So as far as you talking about them beating me on two plays, you need to know the coverage before you say I got beat on those two plays. You don’t know the coverage.

-Roy Williams

The ‘X’ is usually the ‘clear out’ guy, … Charles could easily jog, but he’s hitting it full speed and running full speed coming back to the huddle. He doesn’t ask for the ball. We’ve got a lot of crossing routes, but he doesn’t say, ‘Can I get an X cross?’ I think he believes that good things come to those who wait.

-Roy Williams

My scouting report on myself is: ‘Can be great. Needs to get better overall.’

-Roy Williams

I know I’m gonna play. You might come in and take my spot, but you’ll have to be dang good to do it.

-Roy Williams

Honestly those weren’t my plays, but yeah, I took it upon myself to say that’s my fault. I’m always anxious to get back on the field. The whole secondary wants to get back on the field and try to repeat the performance that we did Monday night, but for all four quarters.

-Roy Williams

 

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John Calipari Quotes

You’re going to make mistakes, just play through them.

-John Calipari

As I became more secure, I liked that I could make my life about everyone but me.

-John Calipari

Institutions serve people, not the other way around.  So as a servant-leader, I measure my success by the success of those whom I’m serving.

-John Calipari

The art of coaching at this level is about convincing great athletes to change.  First we have to get them to accept what they’re not good at…Surrender to our instruction.  Surrender to physical conditioning.

-John Calipari

You want to know what delusional is?  I’ve had to say to kids, ‘You’re listening to your barber instead of listening to us.’

-John Calipari

None of my players are as ready as they think they are for how we play at Kentucky – let alone ready for the pros – because they have rarely if ever been really pushed.

-John Calipari

Practice is where we work on our players’ weaknesses; games are where we show their strengths.

-John Calipari

The best players I’ve coached have a demeanor about them that never moves.  They have a calmness…Physiology-wise, rage and anger are related to fear.

-John Calipari

A player who is looking for excuses doesn’t want you to put the responsibility on him.  It robs him of his best self-justification.

-John Calipari

Even when we won, I wasn’t fully satisfied, which is how you’re supposed to coach.  You’re happy, but you ask for more.  You try to get up to the next level.

-John Calipari

Do you want to read about history or make history?

-John Calipari

When you bring in great players to play with other great players, there’s a multiplier effect, and they up better than they would have been individually.  They drive one another in practice.

-John Calipari

When players combine elite athleticism and great determination, you don’t worry too much about position.

-John Calipari

If you need someone to be Superman at the end to win games, you’re going to lost games.

-John Calipari

 Thinking about how you would try to beat your own team goes with the job of being a coach.

-John Calipari

If I’m forced to choose between talent and experience, I’m taking talent every time.  You can gain experience and you can add skills, but what’s sometimes called God-given talent is just that.

-John Calipari

I coach for the names on the backs of the jerseys – not just the front.  My players.

-John Calipari

Part of coaching is acting.  It’s true of any kind of leadership, whether you’re a CEO, an army general, or a father.  Part of the job is that you don’t reveal your own apprehensions.

-John Calipari

In almost all cases, their (the players) dream is to play in the NBA as soon as possible.  The more who achieve that goal, the more who want to come here.  That’s the way it works.  Success breeds more success.

-John Calipari

I had truly gone from the business of basketball to the business of helping families.

-John Calipari

 

 

During the season it’s about team.  From the moment our last game ends until the draft, it switches over to being about individual kids.

-John Calipari

You don’t know if you will win or lose until you do.  I don’t give up on kids.  I don’t give up on teams.  I don’t give up on seasons.

-John Calipari

Just because you’re a year older doesn’t automatically make you a year better.

-John Calipari

Competition gets you out of bed in the morning.  It makes you alive and it makes you better.  It reveals the best and the worst in us.  You learn whether you can stand up and respond to being challenged, or whether you back down.  When you start getting beaten, you either change or you fail.

-John Calipari

Nothing in my Players First philosophy says that I should protect kids from competition.  It’s just the opposite.  I serve them by giving them competition.

-John Calipari

Recruiting is sales.  It’s persuasion.  But a salesman who’s a fake isn’t a very good salesman – or at least he’s not good at selling to intelligent people.

-John Calipari

My players have to have the intellect to absorb coaching and the emotional intelligence to be good teammates.

-John Calipari

Honesty and its related quality, trust, are at the very core of my coaching philosophy.

-John Calipari

The quality I’m looking for in a kid is respect.

-John Calipari

I need people who look at adversity as a challenge and failure as a learning opportunity.

-John Calipari

Classroom smarts and academic achievement relate to what we often call basketball IQ. I always want a kid who’s a good student.

-John Calipari

The one thing no one on my staff can do is add stuff to my plate…If you’re piling more things on, I may have to let you go.

-John Calipari

If you’re a coach who truly respect the profession, you have to allow yourself to be coached.

-John Calipari

I’m a collector of coaches, teachers, and mentors.  The ones from my younger days I keep in contact with and never let go.  And as I get older, I keep finding new ones.

-John Calipari

You must love the thought of pushing through your comfort level.

-John Calipari

 

 

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