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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