If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you'll die a lot of times.
Play hard. Play smart. Play together.
If you do what we ask you to do, the victories will belong to you, and the losses to me.
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.
Any old coach will say the game was meant for finesse. It's a beautiful game, especially on television.
The focus should be on the players. I'm here a long time. You can call me in the summer. Our seniors will be gone.
The flash of rain, the shining rainbow riding completely around the plane, the lift over mountain ridges, the steady, pure air at dawn take-offs. ... It was so alive and rich a life that any other conceivable choice seemed dull, prosaic, and humdrum.
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.
One player's selfish attitude can poison a locker room and make it hard, if not impossible, to establish team work
Praise behaviour that you want repeated
There is a lot of basketball beyond our control, but a player should never let anyone try harder than he does
Only praise behavior that you want to be repeated. Never use false praise.
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.
I do believe in praising that which deserves to be praised.
A leader's job is to develop committed followers. Bad leaders destroy their followers' sense of commitment.
You should sub a player out when you see a player not going full-speed or playing selfish basketball.
The coach's job is to be part servant in helping each player reach his goals within the team concept.
Over coaching is the worst thing you can do to a player.
Good people are happy when something good happens to someone else.
You should never be proud of doing the right thing. You should just do it.
A lion never roars after a kill.
Basketball is a team game. But that doesn't mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.
Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.
I always mean what I say, but I don't always say what I'm thinking.
What do do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.
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.
The best way to build team chemistry is the way Rupp used to substitute, when they fouled out.
There is a point in every contest when sitting on the sidelines is not an option.
Our teachers at the public school level are the most underpaid for the importance of their job in America.
I enjoy basketball. I enjoy coaching basketball. It's the out-of-season stuff I didn't handle well.
Motor cut. Forced landing. Hit cow. Cow died. Scared me.
I know a lawyer who'd love to retire and be an assistant coach. I mean, it's fun.
You can't teach court savvy
The truly free person in society is a disciplined person.
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.
Basketball, more than any other sport, is a team game...about the thousands of small, unselfish acts, the sacrifices on the part of the players that result in team building.
I wasn't as critical during games as I was at practice. Players needed confidence during games more than criticism.
As soon as you try to describe a close friendship, it loses something.
The most important thing in good leadership is truly caring.
I would never recruit a player who yells at his teammates, disrespected his high school coach, or scores 33 points a game and his team goes 10-10.