You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.
I fortunately have never worried about irritating people.
Your biggest opponent isn't the other guy. It's human nature.
Discipline: doing what you have to do, and doing it as well as you possibly can, and doing it that way all the time.
In my entire adult life, I've never used the expression 'game face'. I have no idea what that means or what you're supposed to do.
The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.
All of us learn to write in second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.
If the NBA was on channel five and a bunch of frogs making love were on channel four, I'd watch the frogs - even if they were coming in fuzzy.
(When asked what was the best part of coaching) Dealing with the press. After the demands of a game, my mind needs a rest.
The will to succeed is important, but what's more important is the will to prepare.
We should not have to push you to work hard, you should work hard because you want to be a great player.
One of the most important things for a player to have during drill work is an imagination. He must imagine that it is a game-like situation.
Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.
What keeps me coaching is...How much I enjoy the game, how much I like trying to put the next game plan together. If you give something to the game, if you give what you've got to it... and you sit down and think, you've gotten back a hell of a lot more than you've given to it.
There are times when my passion for basketball led me into confrontations that I could have handled a lot better. I've always been too confrontational, especially when I know I'm right.
You are never going to be driven anywhere worthwhile, but you sure as hell drive yourself to a lot of great places. It is up to you to drive yourself there.
I've had all the challenges I need in my lifetime, I'd rather play against a really bad team.
When my time on Earth is gone and my activities here are past I want that they should bury me upside down so my critics can kiss my ass.