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The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.- Bill Russell
The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I've always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It's been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It's a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.- Michael Jordan
I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.- Michael Jordan
The key is not the ‘will to win’… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.- Bob Knight
A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That's how I want you to play.- Mike Krzyzewski
You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.- Michael Jordan
Defense is all about helping. No one can guard a good dribbler, You have to walk kids through how to help and then how to help the helper.- Bob Knight
A winner is someone who recognizes his God- given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.- Larry Bird
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.- Red Auerbach
I love sports. I've played basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, track and field growing up.- Michael B. Jordan
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.- Pat Riley
One player’s selfish attitude can poison a locker room and make it hard, if not impossible, to establish team work.- Dean Smith
I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence.- Julius Erving
You should always sub a player out when you see them not going full speed or they’re playing selfish basketball.- Dean Smith
You don't cut anywhere, don't pick down anywhere, don't double screen, no weak side picking. All these things that should happen in a game of basketball don't happen anymore.- Oscar Robertson
True basketball coaches are great teachers and you do not humiliate, you do not physically go after, you do not push or shove, you do not berate, if you are a true coach. If you humiliate or curse them, that won't do it. Coaches like that are not coaches.-Morgan Wootten
When you miss a shot, never think of what you did wrong. Take the next shot thinking of what you must do right.- Tony Alfonso
I don't try to get players emotionally up for a game; it creates too many peaks and valleys... I strive for even keel; they will get up for the big games.- Denny Crum
Going in, you want to play a perfect season and play throughout the whole entire season, but injuries are a part of basketball.- Kyrie Irving
I believe that whatever we have, regardless of a trade being done or not, I feel we have a shot. I've just got to believe that we're going to be all right. I've got to just play basketball.- Allen Iverson
There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren't willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.- Michael Jordan
When it comes to team dynamics — on a basketball court or in a corporate setting — maintaining a positive atmosphere is crucial.- Rick Pitino
Every little kid that steps on the court or the field has aspirations to go pro. I think being a pro basketball player is the best job. The thing I had to realize was that I can't do every dream that I have.- Brian McKnight
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.- Pat Riley
I want people to follow their dreams, yes... but I'm not interested in telling young black kids how to be rappers... I want to show them that there's so many other paths you can take, besides a rapper or basketball player.- J. Cole
When you go out on the court whether it be for the championship or just a scrimmage, have confidence that your abilities and what you’ve learned in your drills are better than your opponent’s. This does not mean you should disregard your opponent. Before taking the court for any game, you should do a lot of thinking about what you have to do to beat your opponent and what he must or can do to beat you.- Bob Pettit
The caliber of play suffered and attendance declined year by year. Interest in college football was exploding, and there was this new game called basketball.- John Thorn
I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.- Kobe Bryant
Practice habits were crucial to my development in basketball. I didn’t play against the toughest competition in high school, but one reason I was able to do well in college was that I mastered the fundamentals. You’ve got to have them down before you can even think about playing.- Larry Bird
Fatherhood will put a man through a lot, but it's a tremendous job, the best in the world - even better than playing basketball.- Derek Fisher
Everyone is born with a certain potential. You may never achieve your full potential, but how close you come depends on how much you want to pay the price.- Red Auerbach

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