A Quote by Red Auerbach on basketball, coaching, history, seasons, and winning

When players are used to winning, they put out a little more. Basketball 3rd winningest coach (regular season and playoffs) in NBA history; won 1,037 times in 20 years;

Red Auerbach (1917 -)

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A Quote by Phog Allen on basketball and sports

When told by James Naismith, the sport's inventor, that basketball couldn't be coached: Well, you can certainly teach free-throwing. And you can teach the boys to pass at angles and run in curves.

Phog Allen

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A Quote by Phil Jackson on basketball, clarity, control, experience, heart, life, and mind

Like life, basketball is messy and unpredictable. It has its way with you, no matter how hard you try to control it. The trick is to experience each moment with a clear mind and open heart. When you do that, the game--and life--will take care of itself.

Phil Jackson

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A Quote by Phil Jackson on accidents, basketball, joy, justice, life, and present

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. Of course, it's no accident that things are more likely to go your way when you stop worrying about whether you're going to win or lose and focus your full attention on what's happening right this moment.

Phil Jackson

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A Quote by Larry Bird on basketball

I can see why fans don't like to watch pro basketball. I don't, either. It's not exciting.

Larry Bird

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A Quote by J. Laing Burns, Jr. on basketball, football, life, possessions, and winning

Possession of the ball is the key to winning in football, basketball, and the game of life.

J. Laing Burns

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A Quote by Gary Franks on achievement, basketball, fatherhood, sons, and work

Nothing worthwhile or long-lasting can be achieved without hard work. Former basketball great Sen. Bill Bradley once said that during his Princeton days, his father would tell him, "Son, when you're not out practicing, someone else is. And when you meet that person, he's going to beat you."

Gary Franks

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A Quote by Ezra Taft Benson on action, appearance, basketball, beginning, belief, change, character, cheating, circumstances, clarity, coaching, conscience, criticism, day, evil, god, guilt, heart, injustice, innocence, joy, judgment, justice, learning,

One day in the middle of an important examination in high school, the point of my lead pencil broke. In those days we used pocket knives to sharpen our pencils. I had forgotten my penknife and turned to ask a neighbor for his. The teacher saw this; he accused me of cheating. When I tried to explain, he gave me a tongue-lashing for lying; worse, he forbade me to play on the basketball team in the upcoming game. I could see that the more I protested the angrier he seemed to become. But again and again I stubbornly told what had happened. Even when the coach pleaded my cause, the teacher refused to budge. The disgrace was almost more than I could bear. Then, just minutes before the game, he had a change of heart and I was permitted to play. But there was no joy in it. We lost the game; and though that hurt, by far the deeper pain was being branded a cheat and a liar. Looking back. I know that lesson was God-sent. Character is shaped in just such crucibles. My parents believed me: they were understanding and encouraging. Supported by them and a clear conscience, I began to realize that when you are at peace with your Maker you can, if not ignore human criticism, at least rise above it. And I learned something else - the importance of avoiding even the appearance of evil. Though I was innocent, circumstance made me look guilty. Since this could so easily be true in many of life's situations, I made a resolution to keep even the appearance of my actions above question, as far as possible. And it struck me, too, that if this injustice happened to me, it could happen to others, and I must not judge their actions simply on appearances.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

Source: Crossfire: The Eight Years with Eisenhower, p. 17.

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A Quote by Arthur Ashe on basketball, character, education, leadership, men, men and women, poverty, singers, women, wonder, and youth

We blacks look for leadership in men and women of such youth and inexperience, as well as poverty of education and character, that it is no wonder that we sometimes seem rudderless. . . . We see basketball players and pop singers as possible role models.

Arthur Ashe (1943 - 1993)

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