The Best Bill Russell Quotes

The only important statistic is the final score”

“Commitment separates those who live their dreams from those who live their lives regretting the opportunities they have squandered”

“Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute”

“What distinguishes a great player is his presence. When he goes on to the court, his presence dominates the atmosphere”

“The most important thing to me is the friends that I’ve made”

“The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I’d made my teammates play”

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

“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory

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The Best Billy Donovan Quotes

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

“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?”

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

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

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The Best Bob Knight Quotes

Good basketball always starts with good defense!”

“Discipline is doing what has to be done, when it has to be done, as well as it can be done, and doing it that way all the time”

“Coaches shouldn’t have to push you to work hard, you should push yourself to work hard because you want to be a great player”

“A quick way for any player to make himself better is to think about what he himself doesn’t like to play against”

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

“My practices were not set up to be easy or enjoyed”

“Perform drills that force your players to think

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The Best Brad Stevens Quotes

How good can we expect to be if our best player is not our best teammate”

“You have to earn your right to win the game with effort and togetherness”

”The game honors toughness”

“My goal is to win the next game one possession at a time. That’s it. I don’t have any other goals”

“You have a choice to make when you’re not playing. Either you’re invested and a great teammate, or your not”

“The difference between a good defensive team and a bad defensive team is as little as three possessions

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The Best Charles Barkley Quotes

I always laugh when people ask me about rebounding techniques. I’ve got a technique It’s called just go get the damn ball”

“I know that I’m never as good or bad as any single performance. I’ve never believed my critics or my worshippers, and I’ve always been able to leave the game at the arena”

“If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful”

“Kids are great. That’s one of the best things about our business, all the kids you get to meet. It’s a shame they have to grow up to be regular people and come to the games and call you names

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The Best Chuck Daly Quotes

I’m a lot better coach when I have really good players”

“It’s discouraging to make a mistake, but it’s humiliating when you find out you’re so unimportant that nobody noticed it”

“Players have to buy into your system and be willing to accept the role, you, as the coach, have assigned to them”

“Offense is spacing and spacing is offense”

“Defense doesn’t break down on the help, it breaks down on the recovery

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The Best Dean Smith Quotes

Praise behaviour that you want repeated”

“What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it”

“There is a lot of basketball beyond our control, but a player should never let anyone try harder than he does”

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

“Over coaching is the worst thing you can do to a player

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The Best Diana Taurasi Quotes

I really don’t care about scoring as long as we win, ... That’s all that gets us going is winning. It doesn’t matter how many points you score. If you have a ‘W,’ you did your job.”

”I’m not afraid of anyone. I’m not shy about anything. Not even my big nose.”

”Whether it’s college or WNBA, its basketball and the more you play the less you need to adjust.”

”The bottom line is we’ve got good basketball players so we make good basketball decisions and play really good basketball and we just got to keep that same focus and intensity.

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The Best Doc Rivers Quotes

Good players want to be coached… Great players want to be told the truth”

“If you’re not talking, you’re not playing defense”

“Do you want to choose winning over standing out? It’s a choice every player on every championship team has to do”

“Encourage ‘random’ picks on the ball because they cannot be scouted”

“How competitive can you be without losing your discipline?

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The Best Don Meyer Quotes

Your program must have an overriding purpose which is clearly visible and which teaches lessons beyond winning”

“You can have discipline and be demanding without being demeaning”

“There’s only one thing we can control, and that is how hard we play”

“Shout praise and whisper criticism”

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

“It is not what you teach, but what you emphasize”

“It is foolish to expect a young man to follow your advice and to ignore your example

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The Best Dr. Jack Ramsay Quotes

Players draw confidence from a poised, alert coach who anticipates changing in game conditions”

“I believe you win games by what you do from your first practice until your first game”

“Even the greatest players accept coaching and value the need for discipline and the order that it brings to the team”

“A key basketball skill is imagery. The best players “see” situations before they happen so they can be prepared”

“Winning is more related to good defense than good offense”

“The highest level of achievement is attained by the teams with the best conditioned players

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The Best Geno Auriemma Quotes

As a head coach you’re probably only as good as your players and your assistants.”

“I don’t hire good coaches, I hire good people. If they turn out to be good coaches, too, that’s a plus”

”Pressure is when somebody asks you to do something you can’t do. To me, that’s pressure.”

“With the absence of pressure, it’s hard to do great things.”

”I’ve never lost sight of the fact that it is just a game—it is a bunch of people trying to get together to accomplish something that individually you can’t do by yourself.”

”This time of year, it’s the individual player that makes the difference. The things you do as a program get you to this point. Then individuals decide the outcome of the games.

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The Best Gregg popovich Quotes

Stop by stop by stop. Play aggressively. Sprint back on ‘D’ and pay attention to how we’re supposed to guard as a team”

“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”

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

“I can’t make every decision for you. I don’t have 14 timeouts. You guys got to get together and talk

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The Best Lisa Leslie Quotes

Everyone talks about age, but it’s not about age. It’s about work ethic. Winning never gets old.”

”Goal-setting and achieving those goals - that’s just what I do.”

”Well, the first quality of being a good leader is you have to be able to follow. See, a good leader can’t just be the leader all the time, I have to be able to follow.”

”You just don’t want to get pigeon-holed into one position. That’s why even though I start out at center, I may play small forward, if I get a rebound and you’re not there I can bring the ball up.”

”I’m strong, I’m tough, I still wear my eyeliner.

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