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Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.
The strength of the team lies within the individual. And the strength of the individual lies within the team
The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.
You can't force your will on people. If you want them to act differently, you need to inspire them to change themselves
I won't coach this team next year if he is still here. He won't listen to anyone. I've had it with this kid.
No one plays this or any game perfectly. It's the guy who recovers from his mistakes who wins.
The most we can hope for is to create the best possible conditions for success, then let go of the outcome. The ride is a lot more fun that way.
Before a vision (dream) can become a reality, it must be owned by every member of the group.
Leadership is not about forcing your will on others. It's about mastering the art of letting go.
The sign of a great player is how much he elevates his colleagues' performance.
Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I'm doing.
If you have a clear mind . . . you won't have to search for direction. Direction will come to you.
My dad always had this little sign on his desk: 'The bigger your head is, the easier your shoes are to fill'. He really drilled that in.
Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.
I played hockey in North Dakota growing up and watch a lot of that.
In basketball - as in life - true joy comes from being fully present in each and every moment, not just when things are going your way.
When the mind is allowed to relax, inspiration often follows.
A coach's main job is to reawaken a spirit in which the players can blend together effortlessly.
I don't believe in curfews, because you can't treat men like they were boys without forfeiting a certain level of trust.
If you give the future all your attention, the present will pass you by.
Not only is there more to life than basketball, there's a lot more to basketball than basketball.
Remember, Team, surrender the me for the we.
Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
Love is the force that ignites the spirit and binds teams together.
Yes, victory is sweet, but it doesn't necessarily make life any easier the next season or even the next day.
Your problems never cease, they just change.
If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.
The greatness of Michael Jordan is his competitive drive. The weakness of Michael Jordan is his competitive drive
You're only a success for the moment that you complete a successful act.
The ideal way to win a championship is step by step.
Basketball is a simple game. Your goal is penetration, get the ball close to the basket, and there are three ways to do that. Pass, dribble and offensive rebound.
An acrobatic dunk will make it onto Sports Center. A simple, unspectacular bounce pass in the rhythm of the offense will not. System basketball has been replaced by players who want to be the system.
Basketball is sharing.
My first act after being named head coach of the Bulls was to formulate a vision for the team. I had to take into account not only what I wanted to achieve, but how I was going to get there.
I think people forgot that there are still ways you can get the ball inside rather than just standing there and throwing the ball in. You have to have a system that makes all things work.
I'm a patient person. I think that's one thing that I feel comfortable I can deal with - the downfall and the errors, as long as I see progress and people trying.
I will have Derek Fisher wear all 5 of his rings the first time he comes in to talk to Carmelo.
I'm not trying to find answers anymore. I'm trying to live what I know.
Basketball is a sport that involves the subtle interweaving of players at full speed to the point where they are thinking and moving as one.
If we can accept whatever hand we've been dealt - no matter how unwelcome - the way to proceed eventually becomes clear.
Make your work your play and your play your work.
The bigger your head, the easier to fill your shoes.
I gave it my body and mind, but I have kept my soul.
For us tall people, the whole key is that your hips and your knees should form a right angle when you sit down. That's where backs and hips get to be problems for big guys.
I'm not going to coach again. I've done my coaching, and I think I can put that aside.
I think the most important thing about coaching is that you have to have a sense of confidence about what you're doing.
The problem with trading dominant players of that size is you never get in return what you've bargained away.
The real value in everything you do is in the details.
Pau is one of the best big men in the game. I mean, Pau Gasol is going to be in the Hall of Fame.
Everybody has an opportunity to play a role, a playmaking role, so it makes it harder to coach. It takes a little more time.