For me to get an award from the press, I know there's been no favoritism.
Positive wish: 'The sun will come out tomorrow.' Negative reality: 'Yeah, and it will flash brand-new daylight on the same old mess unless something is done to clean it up.
Superiority and success doesn't favor good effort or self-esteem... The mentally precise and physically fit win, while the mediocre and obtuse take solace in hopeful cliches.
A primary goal of teaching anything is the advantage that learning gives to people over their competitors who haven't been as well taught.
Good planning avoids the need for fixing up a project that plowed ahead without thought... about potential pitfalls.
The goal is to make practice more difficult, physically/mentally, than anything your players will face during a game.
The biggest difficulty in getting to the top of the ladder is getting through the crowd at the bottom.
The structure of your practice is the main reason for your success or lack of success as a coach
Failure, to me, is not having the desire to try. Having the desire to try is in it own way success.
Practice structure determines success.
Walking has been ridiculous in college basketball the past 15 years.
Don't fight the rabbits. If you fight the rabbits, the elephants are going to kill you.
I don't intend to retire.
It is better to anticipate than to react.
Competitive drills enhance quickness.
People change over the years, and that changes situations for good and for bad.
Victory favors the team making the fewest mistakes.
A quick way for any player to make himself better is to think about what he himself doesn't like to play against
Learn to do things right and then do them right every time.
Perform drills that force your players to think
Offense is not equal opportunity
Do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done the best way it can be done, and do it that way every time.
The single most important aspect of coaching is running effective practices
Everyone wants to win, but not everyone is willing to prepare to win.
You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.
I've never predicted anything. All I have ever said is, that we will do the very best we can.
Everybody hears, but few listen.
All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.
Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.
Your biggest opponent isn't the other guy. It's human nature.
Passing is your best weapon against man to man. Dribble penetration is your best weapon against zone.
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.
Everybody wants to be on a championship team, but nobody wants to come to practice.
We should not have to push you to work hard, you should work hard because you want to be a great player.
It has always been my thought that the most important single ingredient to success in athletics or life is discipline. I have many times felt that this word is the most ill-defined in all of our language. My definition is as follows: 1. Do what has to be done; 2. When it has to be done; 3. As well as it can be done; and 4. Do it it that way all the time.
I don't believe in luck, I believe in preparation.
To be as good as it can be, a team has to buy into what you as the coach are doing. They have to feel you're a part of them and they're a part of you.
Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.
I've always felt that, you know, the Almighty has a lot of things to do other than help my basketball team.
When my time on earth is gone, and my activities here are passed, I want they bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass!