Rick Pitino Quotes

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Technology is a compulsive and addictive way to live. Verbal communication cannot be lost because of a lack of skill. The ability to listen and learn is key to mastering the art of communication. If you don’t use your verbal skills and networking, it will disappear rapidly. Use technology wisely.

-Rick Pitino

Avoid cynical and negative people like the plague. They are killers of potential.

-Rick Pitino

Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and overindulge from the fruits of success. Humility halts this arrogance and self-indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success.

-Rick Pitino

The one thing I’ve always said: Let your family and close friends be the judge of who you are as a person. Don’t worry about being judged by others who don’t know you, because your family and close friends know what you’re all about, good and bad.

-Rick Pitino

It could happen to anyone when you get hired by a different president. There’s a difference in philosophies. It happens. It’s a change in CEOs. They have their own people, their own philosophies, and it’s different than what Bob stands for.

-Rick Pitino

Tackle the difficult things first in the morning; make changes in the way you network. Treat everyone with respect and dignity. This stops you from cynicism and negativity. End your day with that same attitude you started. Renew your contract with a day well completed.

-Rick Pitino

The term ‘overachiever’ sort of makes it look like the person has mediocre talent and he just works so hard that he achieves beyond what you would think. ‘Overachiever’ is sort of a – it’s sort of an incorrect term. An overachiever is someone that’s just willing to pay the price to get so much more out of his performance.

-Rick Pitino

Football is only once a week. NASCAR is once a week. Those sports are insanely popular. Horse racing is oversaturated. Unless tracks cut back to three days a week of full fields, a lot of people will really hurt down the road. Horse racing, to survive, has to go to that. Let’s face it: Churchill Downs only does well on Derby Week.

-Rick Pitino

I’d learned how much happiness money can bring you. Very little.

-Rick Pitino

Basketball is my passion, and I love it, and I love to see my players succeed. I’m here for them and my children. That’s my passion.

-Rick Pitino

I try not to get too low. I fight adversity as hard as I can fight it, not to get too low. When good things happen, I don’t really embrace it. I just say it’s a lucky day.

-Rick Pitino

What I’ve found in my life with our children is that often you can give them advice and tell them to eat the right things, stay in shape and wear sunscreen, and they don’t really want to listen. But then they hear it from someone else, and they do listen.

-Rick Pitino

Francisco Garcia could have been a high draft choice last year, probably in the 20s. He’s the best wing player I’ve ever coached. But he’s done it the right way. He knew he had to work on his body to become a good pro. When he goes into the pros, he’ll be physically ready.
-Rick Pitino

I can say that hands down from being in this business 32 years; we’re going to be much better than we were last year just because there’s eight new players that now have experience and Palacios will be healthy.

-Rick Pitino

 

 

When you coach Russ Smith, you have a nervous breakdown on every possession. He’s not from a different country. He’s from a different planet.

-Rick Pitino

After September 11, I don’t think people really believe things like this are all that important.

-Rick Pitino

The other guys just caught lightning in a bottle with a great game.

-Rick Pitino

I plan to coach at University of Louisville for as long as I can maintain the passion I have for the game of basketball. I don’t want to coach anywhere else. I don’t believe in anything else as much as I believe in this university and this state. I want to coach as long as they will have me.

-Rick Pitino

I loved going to the Knicks because we won the Atlantic Division championship. We went from winning 21 games or 19 games to winning 52 games in a short period of time. I loved coaching Patrick Ewing and Charles Oakley and all those guys.

-Rick Pitino

I don’t get into these petty things, Kentucky-Louisville. To me, it’s nonsense… There will be people at Kentucky that will have a nervous breakdown if they lose to us… They’ve got to put the fences up on bridges. There will be people consumed by Louisville.

-Rick Pitino

I care what people think, but it doesn’t change my opinion of how to do things.
-Rick Pitino
Humility is what makes teams great. I’ve preached it for a long period of time.
If I didn’t have a recruiting engagement, I was going to be here. I did everything possible to change the recruiting thing. I’m a very small part of this night, but I did want to be a part of it.
-Rick Pitino
If I didn’t have a recruiting engagement, I was going to be here. I did everything possible to change the recruiting thing. I’m a very small part of this night, but I did want to be a part of it.
-Rick Pitino

I’m at the stage of my career when it’s not only about winning and developing players, it’s about having fun. That’s a void in your life right now, but it’s something you’re going to have here.

-Rick Pitino

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John Wooden Quotes

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Reverse the ball one time for a good shot, two times for a great shot, three times fora layup.  

-John Wooden

What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.

-John Wooden

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.

-John Wooden

Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. 

-John Wooden

When the legs go, the heart soon follows.

-John Wooden

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.

-John Wooden

Young men need more models, not critics.

-John Wooden

I do not judge success based on championships; rather, I judge it on how close we came to realizing our potential.

-John Wooden

Defense is a definite part of the game, and a great part of defense is learning to play it without fouling.

-John Wooden

My philosophy of defense is to keep the pressure on an opponent until you get to his emotions.

-John Wooden

The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control.

-John Wooden

A coach must never forget that he is a leader and not merely a person with authority.

-John Wooden

My eyesight is not nearly as good. My hearing is probably going away. My memory is slipping too. But I’m still around.

-John Wooden

Remember this, the choices you make in life, make you.

-John Wooden

The better conditioned team will probably win in the long run.

-John Wooden

I’d be satisfied just coaching in high school. I turned down a number of colleges when I was teaching in South Bend, Indiana, before I went into the service. I honestly believe that if I hadn’t enlisted in the service, I would never have left high school teaching. I’m sure I would have never left.

-John Wooden

The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

-John Wooden

Push yourself to keep improving or you’ll stay as close to the bottom as you are to the top.

-John Wooden

Somebody asked me – you know, how come it took you so long to win a national championship? And I said, ‘I’m a slow learner; but you notice when I learn something, I have it down pretty good.’

-John Wooden

It’s important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. Never stop trying.

-John Wooden

When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare.

-John Wooden

I met Tiger Woods when he was younger. He’s amazing – obviously technically, but his mental approach, too. He’s really something.

-John Wooden

Let me give so much time to the improvement of myself that I shall have no time to criticize others.

-John Wooden

Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.

-John Wooden

 

 

I think permitting the game to become too physical takes away a little bit of the beauty.

-John Wooden

A player who makes a team great is better than a great player.

-John Wooden

The best competition I have is against myself to become better.

-John Wooden

Just try to be the best you can be; never cease trying to be the best you can be. That’s in your power.

-John Wooden

Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.

-John Wooden

You discipline those under your supervision to correct, to help, and to improve. Not to punish.

-John Wooden

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.

-John Wooden

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.

-John Wooden

The true athlete should have character, not be a character.

-John Wooden

If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.

-John Wooden

Leaders are interested in finding the best way rather than having their own way.

-John Wooden

I’m not afraid to die.

-John Wooden

Losing is only temporary and not encompassing. You must simply study it, learn from it, and try hard not to lose the same way again. Then you must have the self-control to forget about it.

-John Wooden

Nothing will work unless you do.

-John Wooden

As a leader, you will receive a large amount of praise and criticism and you should not unduly affected by either.

-John Wooden

In the end, it’s about the teaching, and what I always loved about coaching was the practices. Not the games, not the tournaments, not the alumni stuff. But teaching the players during practice was what coaching was all about to me.

-John Wooden

Failure is not fatal, but failure to change may be.

-John Wooden

There is no limit to what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.

-John Wooden

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.

-John Wooden

 

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Pat Riley Quotes

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Great players and great teams want to be driven. They want to be pushed to the edge. They don’t want to be cheated. Ordinary players and average teams want it to be easy. 

-Pat Riley

You can never have enough talent.

-Pat Riley

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better. 

-Pat Riley

You have to defeat the great players aura more than his game.

-Pat Riley

No rebounds – no rings. 

-Pat Riley

Don’t let other people tell you what you want.

-Pat Riley

The true warrior understands and seizes that moment by giving an effort so intense and so intuitive that it could only be called one from the heart.

-Pat Riley

To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.

-Pat Riley

In all the research you do as a coach, studying other coaches and championship-type situations, you find that all those teams combined talent with great defense. You’ve got to stop other teams to win.

-Pat Riley

Whatever it takes to win.

-Pat Riley

It’s what you get from games you lose that is extremely important.

-Pat Riley

When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain defeat.

-Pat Riley

If you get tough mentally, you can get tough physically and overcome fatigue.

-Pat Riley

Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable. 

-Pat Riley

There are only two options regarding commitment… you’re either in or you’re out. 

-Pat Riley

Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn’t management itself becomes  a peripheral opponent to the team’s mission.

-Pat Riley

A champion needs motivation above and beyond winning.

-Pat Riley

 

 

Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.

-Pat Riley

Discipline is not a nasty word.

-Pat Riley

People who create 20% of the results will begin believing they deserve 80% of the reward.

-Pat Riley

You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again. 

-Pat Riley

Being ready isn’t enough; you have to be ready for a promotion or any other significant change.

-Pat Riley

If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort,  eventually, you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges. 

-Pat Riley

Look for your choices, pick the best one, then go with it.

-Pat Riley

You prove your worth with your actions, not with your mouth. 

-Pat Riley

There is only one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength. 

-Pat Riley

There’s no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.

-Pat Riley

Public life is regarded as the crown of a career, and to young men it is the worthiest ambition. Politics is still the greatest and most honorable adventure. 

-Pat Riley

The Ten Commandments were not a suggestion.

-Pat Riley

All I did from day-to-day was coach. That’s what my job was, and that’s what my passion was, and the fact that now it’s something I’m being considered for is just mind- blowing to me, that I would ever be in that kind of company.

-Pat Riley

 

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Red Auerbach Quotes

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I don’t believe in statistics. There are too many factors that can’t be measured. You can’t measure a ballplayer’s heart. 

-Red Auerbach

Look after your people.

-Red Auerbach

The coach should be the absolute boss, but he still should maintain an open mind. 

-Red Auerbach

I never had a set of rules. Every situation is different.

-Red Auerbach

Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up. 

-Red Auerbach

Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.

-Red Auerbach

When we lost, we got out of there. We’re not congratulating them, we’re figuring out, if we play them again, what are we gonna do to beat the hell out of them.

-Red Auerbach

Stand up for your players. Show them you care on and off the court.

-Red Auerbach

They said you have to use your five best players but I found you win with the five who fit together the best.

-Red Auerbach

You’ve got to avoid overcoaching. You’ve got to avoid talking too much. You’ve got to avoid showing players that you’re the boss every time. You don’t have to do that. They know you’re in charge.

-Red Auerbach

The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.

-Red Auerbach

Just do what you do best.

-Red Auerbach

 

 

All records are made to be broken. 

-Red Auerbach

He who believes in nobody knows that he himself is not to be trusted.

-Red Auerbach

The only correct actions are the those that demand no explanation and no apology.

-Red Auerbach

An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.

-Red Auerbach

It’s not what you tell your player that counts, it’s what they hear. 

-Red Auerbach

Chamberlain was the most unbelievable physical specimen ever. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do on the basketball court. One year he scored fifty points a game. Another year he led the league in assists. He was so strong it was frightening. But there was one thing he couldn’t do. He couldn’t beat us.

-Red Auerbach

To a father, when a child dies, the future dies; to a child when a parent dies, the past dies. 

-Red Auerbach

You can’t win without the ball.

-Red Auerbach

The best way to forget one’s self is to look at the world with attention and love.

-Red Auerbach

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

-Red Auerbach

Everything can happen in playoffs.

-Red Auerbach

I have two college degrees, but the only way I could make a living was by showing kids how to put a ball in a hole.

-Red Auerbach

 

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