“Show the world how much you’ll fight for the winners circle.”
— Pat Riley
“We sometimes need adversity to fathom our true depths.”
“People who create 20% of the results will begin believing they deserve 80% of the rewards.”
“Basketball is a game of conditioning and fatigue. That’s why I believe in practicing a team to train when it’s exhausted.”
“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 the most honorable adventure.”
“You can only receive what you’re willing to give.”
“Being ready isn’t enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change.”
“A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player’s personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.”
“Discipline is not a nasty word.”
“He’s the greatest clutch player I’ve ever seen. The hell with Jerry West!”
“When a milestone is conquered, the subtle erosion called entitlement begins its consuming grind. The team regards its greatness as a trait and a right. Half hearted effort becomes habit and saps a champion.”
“The changes in your life aren’t always what you hoped for. But they usually help you grow.”
“There is no such thing as life in-between.”
“You can never have enough talent.”
“All I did from day-to-day is coach. That’s what my job was, 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.”
“It’s what you get from games you lose that is extremely important.”
“I’d like my reputation to stay as it is and to be remembered for a wonderful decade.”
“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.”
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