Tom Izzo Quotes

Wimps go up to rebound with one hand, not two.

-Tom Izzo

Championships and great seasons are won in locker rooms.

-Tom Izzo

Players play, tough players win.

-Tom Izzo

Discipline is the highest form of love. If you really love someone, you have to give them the level of discipline they need.

-Tom Izzo

Today’s society wants to skip the process. And I hate that.

-Tom Izzo

 

 

I’m pleased to say I am here for life at Michigan State.

-Tom Izzo

I haven’t always recruited for the best talent. I’ve taken a few guys who would fit for different reasons. Leadership. Toughness.

-Tom Izzo

We want men here, not just players. Players are a dime a dozen.

-Tom Izzo

We are in the trophy generation.Give them a trophy for 23rd place.That makes the parents happy.

-Tom Izzo

Discipline is the greatest form of love you can show someone. Great players crave discipline.

-Tom Izzo

 

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Larry Brown Quotes

I feel all great teams have two things in common: defense and rebounding. So, we stress defense and rebounding every day as the most important aspects in the game to win.

–Larry Brown

Failure does not come from losing, but from not trying.

–Larry Brown

As a coach, I feel if you can get your players to play hard and together on the defensive end, they will automatically be unselfish at the offensive end.

–Larry Brown

The point guard is there to serve others; to keep them involved and organised

–Larry Brown

All the successful teams I’ve ever seen have 3 characteristics: They play unselfish, they play together, and they play hard.

–Larry Brown

Kids today don’t know the difference between instruction and criticism .

–Larry Brown

Matter of fact, I spoke to him today and he wanted me to write down what kind of makeup of the team we would like – what kind of guards, forwards and centers.

–Larry Brown

The older you get the harder it is, … I’m not a good flier. I’ll take my Valium when we get to Florida.

–Larry Brown

When you’re losing game after game after game it’s tough. It’s hard to keep them up. It’s hard to get guys to keep competing. It’s really tough on the young kids. But you can’t stop coaching and trying to get better. You hope you have something positive to talk about.

–Larry Brown

The Larry Brown situation, I hate that, man. I respect Larry Brown, he’s a great coach. But I don’t like what he has become. This is getting to be redundant.

–Larry Brown

I look out there and I just think we’re running up and down the court. I see guys jumping up in the air and if they don’t have something, they try to invent plays. I guess we probably have to walk the ball up the rest of the year and call a play, see if we can keep people from shooting 57 and getting 120 points.

–Larry Brown

You’re not supposed to have to coach effort. I’ve never been in a situation where that’s ever been an issue. I’ve always been in places where I knew you could count on the effort. But again, this is as young a group as I’ve had in a long time.

–Larry Brown

I have a new appreciation for him because I’m with him longer now. Watching him play and grow as a player and a person so that makes me feel good … just hearing my friends call me that watching him play how much they think he’s improved and he’s trying to do what we want.

–Larry Brown

That’s his wife. That’s entirely different. He was worried about Kendra. That’s why he went in the stands, he saw her falling back.

–Larry Brown

I told him I wanted him to listen. I told him I appreciated the way he cheered for his teammates at the end of (Wednesday’s) game. It meant a lot. I was sorry that the crowd, some of the people booed him. And I told him I just wanted him to let us coach him the rest of the year. He’s not going anywhere, and let’s move on.

–Larry Brown

Say it was last summer, I think you’d probably make that choice. I think he’s going to improve.

–Larry Brown

I looked out on the court, we had our summer team out there to beat a pretty good team. You know we are playing a playoff team and competing, and it was really fun to watch.

–Larry Brown

 

 

It was a change coaching Chauncey because he’s a scoring point guard. You know, I expect a lot from point guards in terms of getting everybody involved and being an extension of the coaching staff on the court … We’ve both been kind of learning. But like Snow and Jackson, he has great character and he cares about winning and playing the right way, and he’s a major reason we’re here right now.

–Larry Brown

Well, if he’s miffed he’s not as smart as I think he is. I’m not worried about it. He had a great practice. He’ll have an opportunity to play. It’s entirely up to him.

–Larry Brown

It’s killing me because I’m the coach and I’ve got the responsibility to make the team play better. Obviously, we’re not getting better. We didn’t compete with New Jersey. They dominated every area.

–Larry Brown

We’re just young. And I guess this is the process you have to live with.

–Larry Brown

We’re playing under control a little bit better and not just running up and down the court. When you’ve got guys like Jalen and Steve who will make the extra pass, it just seems to open it up for everybody. I feel good about everybody’s contribution.

–Larry Brown

I look around, the young kids can make a mistake, but it’s generally with effort and that will go a long way to correcting itself, … We’ve got to get all of us doing that, because you’re going to make mistakes. Take a bad shot, turn the ball over. It’s going to happen, but you can’t compound it by not doing your job, and understanding the trust, I always talk about trust, if I don’t hustle back I affect my whole team, and I have to believe strongly enough not to ever let that happen.

–Larry Brown

I loved the effort. We shared the ball, and it was more fun to watch with them trying like they did. We played hard, and we played unselfishly. I thought we were ready.

–Larry Brown

I look around, the young kids can make a mistake, but it’s generally with effort and that will go a long way to correcting itself, … We’ve got to get all of us doing that, because you’re going to make mistakes. Take a bad shot, turn the ball over. It’s going to happen, but you can’t compound it by not doing your job, and understanding the trust, I always talk about trust, if I don’t hustle back I affect my whole team, and I have to believe strongly enough not to ever let that happen.

–Larry Brown

They come every single day and play with passion. It might not always be right. But when you don’t have to coach effort, it’s a big step.

–Larry Brown

I don’t look at it like that, … I’ve been in holes before. My whole thing is to see if we can get better. That’s the key. I don’t worry about the record. I worry about us getting better. And if we get better, things usually have a way of taking care of themselves.

–Larry Brown

The bottom line is we don’t have a rotation, we don’t know who can play. So it’s going to take time. Eventually we’re going to have an eight- or nine-man rotation and we’ll probably have nine happy guys and five that are unhappy.

–Larry Brown

I think if you look at the M. O. of this team all year, we have had trouble making stops. We have turned the ball over, we lead the league in turnovers, points of turnovers, and assist-to-turnovers. I keep telling them if you want to play playoff basketball, you’ve got to take care of the ball and execute. We don’t get it and we have to keep working on it.

–Larry Brown

I’m mad, … But that’s my responsibility. I’ve got to get guys to play the right way. But I see a two-on-one break, and we don’t make a pass. Defensively, a guy beats us and there’s nobody there to help out.

–Larry Brown

 

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Allen Iverson Quotes

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When you are not practicing, someone else is getting better. 

-Allen Iverson

When you lose, there is a whole bunch of room for negativity and I don’t feed into this stuff and I do not do any talking. I don’t run my mouth.

-Allen Iverson

Everybody wants you to be perfect, but not themselves. 

-Allen Iverson

When you win, everything is everything. But when you lose, it’s all about Allen Iverson and Larry Brown. When we win, I know that I get the praise and Larry Brown gets the praise, but when we lose, it’s on me and Larry Brown. That’s something that I have to learn to accept and deal with.

-Allen Iverson

When you work hard, good things happen. 

-Allen Iverson

Man, I’m 31 years old and a husband with four kids; I hope I’m no thug. I hear all those negative things and don’t hear anything positive. I think that’s all those people feel… that way that’s all they hear about when you hear Allen Iverson did something negative or something.

-Allen Iverson

I don’t wanna be Jordan, I don’t wanna be Magic, I don’t wanna be Bird or Isiah, I don’t wanna be any of those guys… when my career’s over, I want to look in the mirror and say I did it my way. 

-Allen Iverson

Being an All-Star is everything.

-Allen Iverson

You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don’t have any heart, you’re going to struggle as a player, and if the team doesn’t have the heart, then the team is going to struggle.

-Allen Iverson

I gave everything I had to basketball. The passion is still there, but the desire to play is not. It was a great ride.

-Allen Iverson

I didn’t come into this league thinking I knew everything, the way some people think I did. I knew I had a lot to learn. I just wanted to learn it all right away.

-Allen Iverson

Personally I just want to win a championship.

-Allen Iverson

What I’ve learned late in my career is, regardless of whether you play well or not, if the team doesn’t win, it’s all for nothing.

-Allen Iverson

I don’t want to just go to the playoffs, I don’t want to go to the playoffs and win the first round, second round, and not win the whole thing because it’s bittersweet.

-Allen Iverson

I don’t want to be a point guard, or a two-guard, I want people to think of me as “creative”, I just want to create on the court.

-Allen Iverson

If I don’t believe it, then they don’t need me on the court. I’ve just got to believe that in my heart.

-Allen Iverson

If you love me, then love me. If you don’t, then believe what you hear and run with that.

-Allen Iverson

This is like a tribute to them, the people who helped me to get here. The thing that makes me feel good about the whole thing is, the fans voted me here.

-Allen Iverson

 

 

I don’t really care if I play well or play bad, it’s frustrating to lose the game. It doesn’t do any good if we play well and lose basketball games. 

-Allen Iverson

We should because when coaches get fired, the players have a lot to do with it.

-Allen Iverson

If your kid goes out and blows somebody’s head off because Allen Iverson has said he was going to blow somebody’s head off on wax, then you’re doing a bad job as a parent.

-Allen Iverson

They’re targeting guys who dress like me — guys who dress hip-hop. Put a murderer in a suit, and he’s still a murderer.

-Allen Iverson

If that many people recognize how hard I go every night and what I put into my game, to make myself and my team better, it means a lot to mean. I’m fortunate; I’m blessed to be in the situation that I’m in right now.

-Allen Iverson

Just because you put a guy in a tuxedo, it doesn’t mean he’s a good guy.

-Allen Iverson

I feel like if they want us to dress a certain way, they should pay for our clothes.

-Allen Iverson

I don’t care. I feel like if we don’t make a trade, we have to get it done with what we’ve got.

-Allen Iverson

I made a lot of mistakes, a lot of things I’m not proud of. But it’s only for other people to learn from.

-Allen Iverson

Once I stop being aggressive on the basketball court, I’ll be hurting my team more than helping them.

-Allen Iverson

Man, people have been waiting for me to fall off my whole career. From the first time I stepped on the court. It probably made people sick to their stomachs watching my whole career, watching the things that I’ve done in my career.

-Allen Iverson

These guys don’t have all the physical ability but they are able to win basketball games because they play the right way.

-Allen Iverson

In 2001 we didn’t have all the talent in the world, we just had me on offense and just a bunch of tough ass dudes, and a great coach in Larry Brown.

-Allen Iverson

 

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Bill Russell Quotes

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Because I knew Wilt as I did, I was always seeking to take advantage of his good nature. I did whatever I could to make sure I would never get him angry or fired up. My battle plan with him was always to keep him feeling as comfortable as possible with his own game. If he ever felt pressured or shown up, he would take notice and try that much harder. I was determined to make sure that never happened.

-Bill Russell

This monument is going to be built as a symbol.

-Bill Russell

In the middle of my playing career, I decided to stop signing autographs. In part, my feelings about autographs is based upon my belief that I’d rather meet someone who approaches me respectfully, talk to them for a minute and look them in the eye, rather than participate in the momentary ritual of signing something, never looking at the person I’m signing something for, never getting to know them, and then moving on.

-Bill Russell

To me, the most important part of winning is joy. You can win without joy, but winning that’s joyless is like eating in a four-star restaurant when you’re not hungry. Joy is a current of energy in your body, like chlorophyll or sunlight, that fills you up and makes you naturally want to do your best

-Bill Russell

The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.

-Bill Russell

Retiring was my final victory. Not staying a minute too long, or a season too long, let me leave on my own terms. Knowing when to retire is difficult for any athlete or businessperson. You have to give up so much and start another life. But making that decision and sticking to it is one of the most rewarding decisions you will ever make in your life. I encourage people to look at this moment as starting a new season in a different game.

-Bill Russell

The Celtic ‘system’ was designed to permit intelligent, winning players to endlessly use their own curiosity and creativity to accomplish results.  That was why each of the players felt such an extraordinary commitment to the team. It was a living, everyday thing, a practice far more than a promise, it was their team.

-Bill Russell

Durability is part of what makes a great athlete.

-Bill Russell

I loved making passes in from out of bounds because I could see each of my teammates so distinctly in the rush of bodies moving this way and that. … [B]ecause I had acquired enough technique, I could slow those bodies down in my mind’s eye before I released the ball.

-Bill Russell

Most people have a harder time letting themselves love than finding someone to love them.

-Bill Russell

When a team is functioning on all cylinders, listening is an essential component of success. A team, whether it’s a sports team, a business, or a family, cannot function effectively unless you and everyone else are prepared to drop the filters that get in the way of effective listening.

-Bill Russell

 

 

From the first day I turned up at practice to the last game I played, I quite deliberately cultivated an air of mystery among my teammates. I liked my teammates a great deal, more than I could ever show them then because I believed, as a matter of choice, that, in remaining unseen, who I was or what I did should never be confused. If ever I was taken for granted, as a player or as a person, my effectiveness as a teammate would have been compromised.

-Bill Russell

Red was a mathematician as well as a basketball man, and he drew on that as a coach. … Even in the final minutes of games, the abacus in Red’s mind was clicking away: ‘Okay, we’ve got three minutes, we’re up by ten, that means if we play good defense and don’t throw the ball away, we need three more baskets.

-Bill Russell

Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.

-Bill Russell

On offense, it’s possible to take a break, to stand around a bit, let other players take over. On defense, if you take a break, a good offensive team will burn you. On the other hand, when you and your teammates are all doing the job – and you’re all that good – the great reward is watching the other team slowly suffocate.

-Bill Russell

What’s more important than who’s going to be the first black manager is who’s going to be the first black sports editor of the New York Times.

-Bill Russell

Most guys have a spot they like to start from, and nothing annoys them more than to see you there first, waiting for them. When I played Wilt, he used to get so annoyed when I would get to his spot because it meant he had to move me off his spot to start his game.

-Bill Russell

 

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Coach K Quotes (Mike Krzyzewski)

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Don’t do anything as an individual that will make you stand out from your teammates.

-Mike Krzyzewski

I love practice. It is when a coach exercises the most control over the improvement of his or her team. 

-Mike Krzyzewski

If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.

-Mike Krzyzewski

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.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Don’t worry about losing. Think about winning.

-Mike Krzyzewski

With accomplishments comes confidence and with confidence comes belief. It has to be in that order.

-Mike Krzyzewski

I lead and I teach. If we win basketball games from doing that, then that’s great, but I lead and teach. Those are the two things I concentrate on.

-Mike Krzyzewski

A leader’s responsibility to his team is paramount. It overshadows even his own personal feelings at any given time.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Leaders have to search for the heart on a team, because the person who has it can bring out the best in everybody else.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Erect no artificial walls that might limit potential, stifle creativity, or shackle innovation.

-Mike Krzyzewski

A leader has to be positive about all things that happen to his team. Look at nothing in the past as failure.

-Mike Krzyzewski

A leader may be the most knowledgeable person in the world, but if the players on his team cannot translate that knowledge into action, it means nothing.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Every leader needs to remember that a healthy respect for authority takes time to develop. It’s like building trust. You don’t instantly have trust, it has to be earned.

-Mike Krzyzewski

When a leader takes responsibility for his own actions and mistakes, he not only sets a good example, he shows a healthy respect for people on his team.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Leaders should be reliable without being predictable. They should be consistent without being anticipated.

-Mike Krzyzewski

 

 

To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Confidence shared is better than confidence only in yourself.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Mutual commitment helps overcome the fear of failure—especially when people are part of a team sharing and achieving goals. 

-Mike Krzyzewski

I think some parents now look at a youngster failing as the final thing. It’s a process, and failure is part of the process. 

-Mike Krzyzewski

A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on “x’s and o’s” as compared to time spent learning about people.

-Mike Krzyzewski

People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel that they are doing something for the greater good.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on.

-Mike Krzyzewski

During critical periods, a leader is not allowed to feel sorry for himself, to be down, to be angry, or to be weak. Leaders must beat back these emotions.

-Mike Krzyzewski

When you cleanse yourself of a big victory, you may open yourself up to the opportunity for an even bigger victory.

-Mike Krzyzewski

There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride. I like to think of each as a separate finger on the fist. Any one individually is important. But all of them together are unbeatable.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Goals should be realistic, attainable, and shared among all members of the team.

-Mike Krzyzewski

Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do in the best possible manner at the time you are supposed to do it.

-Mike Krzyzewski

 

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Bobby Knight Quotes

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The key is not the ‘will to win’… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.

-Bobby Knight

If I were involved with the NBA, I wouldn’t want a 19-year-old or a 20-year-old kid to bring into all the travel and all the problems that exist in the NBA. I would want a much more mature kid. I would want a kid that maybe I’ve been watching on another team, and now he’s 21, 22 years old instead of 18 or 19, and I might trade for that kid.

-Bobby Knight

In order to achieve to achieve positive results, one must work for them, not hope for them.

-Bobby Knight

Walking has been ridiculous in college basketball the past 15 years.

-Bobby Knight

Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.

-Bobby Knight

Well, I think it’s pretty much established that I just didn’t have any interest in coaching in the pros.

-Bobby Knight

Failure, to me, is not having the desire to try. Having the desire to try is in its own way success.

-Bobby Knight

I think that we as a people are always prone to think about, well, tomorrow will be a better day. Well, why will it be a better day? And I think the more that we believe in doing things better, doing the right thing rather than hoping that that’s going to happen, let’s make it happen.

-Bobby Knight

Discipline: doing what you have to do, and doing it as well as you possibly can, and doing it that way all the time.

-Bobby Knight

As I’ve said, basketball has been, I think, a real cooperative venture. There have been a lot of people that have been involved in it: coaches, administrators – not recently – fans and nobody, nobody any more so than students over the years.

-Bobby Knight

Everybody hears, but few listen.

-Bobby Knight

I enjoyed needling the press. If I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t have done it. Writers have rarely played, so as a coach, you have antagonistic feelings about some guy writing up the story of the game who’s never even attempted to play it.

-Bobby Knight

You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.

-Bobby Knight

I’m an unemployed teacher right now and I’m looking for a place to teach.

-Bobby Knight

The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.

-Bobby Knight

As his team prepares, a coach’s entire being must be concentrated on winning games.

-Bobby Knight

 

 

There are times when my passion for basketball led me into confrontations that I could have handled a lot better. I’ve always been too confrontational, especially when I know I’m right.

-Bobby Knight

Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.

-Bobby Knight

Good basketball always starts with good defense!

-Bobby Knight

All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.

-Bobby Knight

Passing is your best weapon against man to man. Dribble penetration is your best weapon against zone.

-Bobby Knight

My dad was a very quiet person, and unbelievably tough. But my grandmother gave me my first look at negative thinking to bring about positive results. When I was just a little guy, anytime I came to my grandmother and said I wish for this or that, Grandma would say, ‘If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.’

-Bobby Knight

When my time on earth is gone and my activities here are past, I want they bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass.

-Bobby Knight

Major League Baseball has the best idea of all. Three years before they’ll take a kid out of college, then they have a minor league system that they put the kids in. I’m sure that if the NBA followed the same thing, there would be a lot of kids in a minor league system that still were not good enough to play in the major NBA.

-Bobby Knight

When I first started coaching, one of the worst things that I think I heard was ‘It will be O.K.’ I would wonder, ‘How the hell is it going to be O.K.?’ The worst word in the English language is ‘hope.’

-Bobby Knight

If I came in to recruit your son, I would tell you, your wife, and your son, that I will be the most demanding coach your son can play for.

-Bobby Knight

 

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Gregg Popovich Quotes

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A reported started off: “I know a lot of this is speculation.” Popovich interrupting: “You’re going to ask me anyway.” Reporter: “And you’re going to shoot me down. Popovich replied: “Next question.”

-Gregg Popovich

No one is bigger than the team. If you can’t do things our way, you’re not getting time here and we don’t care who you are. 

-Gregg Popovich

He found a realtor, looked at homes, bought one and furnished it, got a mortgage and the whole deal, … Did it all when he was 19. I don’t know if I could find my way out of town.

-Gregg Popovich

It’s not about any one person. You’ve got to get over yourself and realize that it takes a group to get this thing done. 

-Gregg Popovich

You have to make shots to win basketball games and we didn’t do that. You also have to get back on defense, so it was a double-whammy.

-Gregg Popovich

‘Play the right way’ means play unselfishly, respect each other’s achievements, play hard, fulfill your role.

-Gregg Popovich

Eliminating back-to-backs when you go in the wrong direction and lose time and go to bed at 4 in the morning for the second game is very difficult for teams, as we have learned. You just can’t bring the juice for 48 minutes. It shows in the discipline on the court and the execution on the court. If it was possible to change the entire schedule for everybody to have fewer of those, the quality would improve, without a doubt.

-Gregg Popovich

 

 

Winning on the road is really sweet. It’s the most fun in the league as far as I’m concerned. It’s always tough and it helps your team come together.

-Gregg Popovich

Timmy, he’s the beginning of it. He doesn’t have to be the end all the time now.

-Gregg Popovich

I’ve already decided that there’s no way that all the players are going to get the minutes they want. The second thing I determined is I don’t care.

-Gregg Popovich

We didn’t send mariachi bands or birthday cards or breakfast in bed.

-Gregg Popovich

We believe in people executing their role and caring about the team more than anything individually.

-Gregg Popovich

In Phil’s case, I was personally thrilled when he came back, because I think it’s huge for the league. What you think about what he’s done and how many championships he’s won, there’s always drama when he comes back in.

-Gregg Popovich

Our goal is to win a championship, and all of us will sacrifice something to get that done.

-Gregg Popovich

And I look forward to seeing all of you in four or five years when we have the next Nellie retirement party in another town.

-Gregg Popovich

I asked them if it was too much trouble, if I was being pushy, if they could execute what we were trying to do. And if it didn’t make them too angry, if they also wanted to play some defense on the other end,  that would be great.

-Gregg Popovich

Our goal is to get better in our play and be as good a team as we can be.

-Gregg Popovich

We suck on ‘D. Both individually and team-wise, we suck. We’re pretty consistent that way. I don’t know if I have an answer to that. If I did, we wouldn’t suck quite so bad.

-Gregg Popovich

We would have had two less championships here if it was not for Manu Ginoboli. In my eyes, he’s the stud of the world.

-Gregg Popovich

When I came down to St. Croix to see Timmy eight or nine years ago, nobody said a word to me (about driving on the left side), … I got my rental car and I went out on the road, and I was gesticulating at like 10 people before I realized I was the jerk.

-Gregg Popovich

It’s an indictment of the times. Flash sells more than substance.

-Gregg Popovich

 

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Don Meyer Quotes

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We can always do better.

-Don Meyer 

When you watch the game, be a student of the game.

Don Meyer 

The only thing success should do is make you more humble.

-Don Meyer 

Our goal as a team is to keep playing as a group for as long as we can because you will never have a team again. It is like a dying limb, you have to prune it off and let another one grow in its place. That is the way you have to do it, but it still hurts leaving these guys and that team because they and you have put so much effort into building the team. Even if you win that last game (and a national championship), it hurts badly because the players know they will never have the same special group of guys together  on the same team again. Somebody always goes and somebody new always comes in.

-Don Meyer 

Everyday you teach attitude.

-Don Meyer 

You build your program from the ideas of great coaches.

-Don Meyer 

Ten minutes after you lose that last game, you start working on next season.

-Don Meyer 

I tell everyone that I have 25,000 assistant coaches. If I want to know something, I just go to the grocery store.

-Don Meyer 

It’s foolish to expect a young man to follow you advice and ignore your example.

-Don Meyer 

Make the practices like games and the games like practices.

-Don Meyer 

Nobody travels better than Northern State and nobody knows the game better than Northern State fans. If I died and went to heaven and I was coaching, it would be at Wachs Arena.

-Don Meyer 

 

 

We sure didn’t play great, but we played hard. And I can live with that.

-Don Meyer 

If you are a good team,  your offense is born on the defensive end.

-Don Meyer 

There is nothing more important than rebounding. Don’t just give it lip service.

-Don Meyer 

Time doesn’t fly when you are not happy.

-Don Meyer 

When legs go, the heart and the head follow behind quickly.

-Don Meyer 

It’s not what you teach, but what you emphasize.

-Don Meyer 

You aren’t going to win championships unless you make layups and free throws.

-Don Meyer 

Recognize and reward players who put the team first, not just the gifted ones.

-Don Meyer 

Shout praise and whisper criticism.

-Don Meyer 

All glory to God.

-Don Meyer 

When you accept in victory, you must accept in defeat.

-Don Meyer 

Practice shared suffering. If one guys messes up, everyone runs. If one guys does well, everyone benefits.

-Don Meyer 

We always need to be prepared and work hard in practice so we can be just like the farmer who has put that fourth cutting of hay in the yard. After he does that, he can feel good about what is going to happen the rest of the winter.

-Don Meyer 

When you get to be my age, you don’t buy green bananas because you might not be around to eat them.

-Don Meyer 

In the end, what your own troops do is more important than what they are marching against.

-Don Meyer 

We have to get a lot tougher. If you get involved in a street fight, you can’t lay down in the street and act like you’re dead because they will kill you for sure. You might as well get up and fight.

-Don Meyer 

To those who much has been given, much is expected.

-Don Meyer 

If you can do something and not blow your own horn, it sure sounds a lot better.

-Don Meyer 

Discipline and demand without being demeaning.

-Don Meyer 

There is only one thing we can control, and that is how hard we play.

-Don Meyer 

If I cover my head with my hands, it means deny the ball to the opponents ball handler.

-Don Meyer 

Have character, don’t be one.

-Don Meyer 

Prepare, plan and practice like you just lost your last game.

-Don Meyer 

There is a lot of difference at McDonald’s between the guy in the back making fries and the manager up front who is running the place.

-Don Meyer 

When you watch the game, be a student of the game.

-Don Meyer 

Discover your gift, develop your gift, and then give it away every day.

-Don Meyer 

Sometimes the best recruits are the ones you don’t get.

-Don Meyer 

We painted a beautiful picture, we just didn’t finish it. Finishing is the difference between a beautiful picture and a masterpiece.

-Don Meyer 

If a farmer and his family can get up at 5:30 every morning to milk cows, surely we can get up at that time to practice basketball.

-Don Meyer 

Players who are late are saying their own time is more important than the team.

-Don Meyer 

Winning a postseason game is like winning five regular season games. There is just no feeling like it. Everything is magnified. Every free throw, turnover, shot and play.

-Don Meyer 

Anytime you get an award as a coach, you’ve got to be the ultimate fool to think it wasn’t your assistant coaches and all the players responsible for the award.

-Don Meyer 

You have to learn to play with what you’ve got.

-Don Meyer 

Go from good to great because good is the enemy of great.

-Don Meyer 

 

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Phil Jackson Quotes

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Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.

-Phil Jackson

For us tall people, the whole key is that your hips and your knees should form a right angle when you sit down. That’s where backs and hips get to be problems for big guys.

-Phil Jackson

My parents were, had a marriage of passion, and the passion was about their religious beliefs. They were both immigrant families that – well, my father’s family came as Puritans to Massachusetts.

-Phil Jackson

My father was the superintendent of the churches in the state of Montana. He was content in his beliefs. He befit the term ‘true Christian.’ He would turn the other cheek. He was truly a man of peace.

-Phil Jackson

I gave it my body and mind, but I have kept my soul.

-Phil Jackson

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.

-Phil Jackson

Basketball is a simple game. Your goal is penetration, get the ball close to the basket, and there are three ways to do that. Pass, dribble and offensive rebound.

-Phil Jackson

Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.

-Phil Jackson

If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.

-Phil Jackson

As much as we pump iron and we run to build our strength up, we need to build our mental strength up… so we can focus… so we can be in concert with one another.

-Phil Jackson

I replaced three joints in my hips and one in my knee. I’m hoping that other knee doesn’t have to be done. It’s one of the toughest things to overcome.

-Phil Jackson

 

 

I think there’s something about wanting to stand in the spotlight. I think the ball is a spotlight, for example, and I think they want to stand in that. I a lot of times see – LeBron is a guy that vacillates between wanting to do that and then wanting to get somebody else involved.

-Phil Jackson

I’m a sports-watcher. I played football and baseball, coached baseball. So I watch those things.

-Phil Jackson

Love is the force that ignites the spirit and binds teams together.

-Phil Jackson

Your problems never cease. They just change.

-Phil Jackson

I played hockey in North Dakota growing up and watch a lot of that.

-Phil Jackson

The NBA has made a real issue about really making these superstars the premium that everybody wants to go to. That’s their calling card and their marketing tool. But the coaches at the other end of the sphere are trying to make everybody on the team, even nine, 10, 11, 12, just as important, and have a real role that’s meaningful.

-Phil Jackson

I think the most rewarding part of the job, and I think most coaches would say it, is practice. If you have it, a very good practice in which you have 12 guys participate, and they can really get something out of it, lose themselves in practice.

-Phil Jackson

 

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Dean Smith Quotes

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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.

-Dean Smith

I do believe in praising that which deserves to be praised.

-Dean Smith

I’d like to see the high schools put in a rule that limits recruitable athletes from playing on teams outside a 100-mile radius from their home or school.

-Dean Smith

I always mean what I say, but I don’t always say what I’m thinking.

-Dean Smith

I’d never get elected if people in North Carolina realized how liberal I am.

-Dean Smith

Our teachers at the public school level are the most underpaid for the importance of their job in America.

-Dean Smith

I know a lawyer who’d love to retire and be an assistant coach. I mean, it’s fun.

-Dean Smith

The best way to stop the problem of agents would be for the NCAA to come down hard and suspend a school for two years if it finds players with agents on campus.

-Dean Smith

I enjoy basketball. I enjoy coaching basketball. It’s the out-of-season stuff I didn’t handle well.

-Dean Smith

Given the fact that we are in a capitalist society, we still do not want to overlook not only what a corporation produces and its profitability but also how it impacts the environment, touches human life and whether it protects or undermines the dignity of the human person.

-Dean Smith

As soon as you try to describe a close friendship, it loses something.

-Dean Smith

 

 

I just think we shouldn’t get into counting coaches’ records. I’ve never been for that… but I know that’s just American society.

-Dean Smith

There is a point in every contest when sitting on the sidelines is not an option.

-Dean Smith

Basketball is a team game. But that doesn’t mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.

-Dean Smith

The presidents of colleges have to have some courage to step forward. You can’t limit alcohol in college sports, you have to get rid of it.

-Dean Smith

I think the real free person in society is one that’s disciplined. It’s the one that can choose; that is the free one.

-Dean Smith

 

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