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Pat Riley Quote: “Whatever it takes to win.”

Whatever it takes to win.

— Pat Riley



Pat Riley Quote: “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”

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

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Complacency is the last hurdle standing between any team and its potential greatness.”

Complacency is the last hurdle standing between any team and its potential greatness.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Excellence happens when you try each day to both do and be, a little better than you were yesterday!”

Excellence happens when you try each day to both do and be, a little better than you were yesterday!

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “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.”

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


Pat Riley Quote: “There’s always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.”

There’s always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Anytime you stop striving to get better, you’re bound to get worse.”

Anytime you stop striving to get better, you’re bound to get worse.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “The key to success is to learn to do something right and then do it right every time.”

The key to success is to learn to do something right and then do it right every time.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “When you leave it to chance, then all of a sudden you don’t have any more luck.”

When you leave it to chance, then all of a sudden you don’t have any more luck.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.”

Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.

— Pat Riley



Pat Riley Quote: “There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out.”

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

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.”

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

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “In every contest, there comes a moment that separates winning from losing. The true warrior understands and seizes that moment.”

In every contest, there comes a moment that separates winning from losing. The true warrior understands and seizes that moment.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “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.”

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


Pat Riley Quote: “Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.”

Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Great players crave instruction on their weaknesses.”

Great players crave instruction on their weaknesses.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Commitment to the team – there is no such thing as in-between, you are either in our out.”

Commitment to the team – there is no such thing as in-between, you are either in our out.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.”

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

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Teamwork requires that everyone’s efforts flow in a single direction. Feelings of significance happen when a team’s energy takes on a life of its own.”

Teamwork requires that everyone’s efforts flow in a single direction. Feelings of significance happen when a team’s energy takes on a life of its own.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “If you get tough mentally, you can get tough physically and overcome fatigue.”

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

— Pat Riley



Pat Riley Quote: “When you’re playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder.”

When you’re playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “The key to teamwork is to learn a role, accept a role, and strive to become excellent playing it.”

The key to teamwork is to learn a role, accept a role, and strive to become excellent playing it.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “From nobody to upstart. From upstart to contender. From contender to winner. From winner to champion. From champion to Dynasty.”

From nobody to upstart. From upstart to contender. From contender to winner. From winner to champion. From champion to Dynasty.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing!”

Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing!

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Never be ready to play yesterday. Being ready to play today is what’s important.”

Never be ready to play yesterday. Being ready to play today is what’s important.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “The Ten Commandments were not a suggestion.”

The Ten Commandments were not a suggestion.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Basketball is a business. Pure and simple. If you want to have fun, go to the YMCA.”

Basketball is a business. Pure and simple. If you want to have fun, go to the YMCA.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “In every adversity, there is a seed of equivalent benefit.”

In every adversity, there is a seed of equivalent benefit.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “No rebounds – no rings.”

No rebounds – no rings.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.”

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


Pat Riley Quote: “A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.”

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “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.”

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


Pat Riley Quote: “The most DIFFICULT thing for individuals to do when they become part of a team is to sacrifice, it is much EASIER to be selfish.”

The most DIFFICULT thing for individuals to do when they become part of a team is to sacrifice, it is much EASIER to be selfish.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Don’t let other people tell you what you want.”

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

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Look for your choices, pick the best one, then go with it.”

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

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “There’s no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.”

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

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Shoulda, coulda, and woulda won’t get it done. In attacking adversity, only a positive attitude, alertness, and regrouping to basics can launch a comeback.”

Shoulda, coulda, and woulda won’t get it done. In attacking adversity, only a positive attitude, alertness, and regrouping to basics can launch a comeback.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “All of us have at least one great voice deep inside.”

All of us have at least one great voice deep inside.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Coaches who let a championship team back off from becoming a dynasty are cowards.”

Coaches who let a championship team back off from becoming a dynasty are cowards.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn’t management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team’s mission.”

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

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable.”

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

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “You have to defeat a great players aura more than his game.”

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

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Your either in or out. There’s no in between.”

Your either in or out. There’s no in between.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, its ready to climb.”

When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, its ready to climb.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “When you’re playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder. Show the world how much you’ll fight for the winners circle. If you do, someday the cellophane will crackle off a fresh pack, one that belongs to you, and the cards will be stacked in your favor.”

When you’re playing against a stacked deck, compete even harder. Show the world how much you’ll fight for the winners circle. If you do, someday the cellophane will crackle off a fresh pack, one that belongs to you, and the cards will be stacked in your favor.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.”

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

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “When you face a fork in the road, step on the exhilarator!”

When you face a fork in the road, step on the exhilarator!

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.”

Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Am I a control freak? No. Do I believe in organization? You bet. In discipline? In being on time and making sure everything at the hotel is ready and right? Definitely. I don’t control players. I try to control the environment around the players so they can flourish.”

Am I a control freak? No. Do I believe in organization? You bet. In discipline? In being on time and making sure everything at the hotel is ready and right? Definitely. I don’t control players. I try to control the environment around the players so they can flourish.

— Pat Riley


Pat Riley Quote: “Any team can be a miracle team. The catch is that you have got to go out and work for your miracles. Effort is what ultimately separates great teams from ordinary teams.”

Any team can be a miracle team. The catch is that you have got to go out and work for your miracles. Effort is what ultimately separates great teams from ordinary teams.

— Pat Riley

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