Sunday, April 04, 2010

Insights and Inspirations From Legendary College Basketball Coaches

In this Final Four season, I thought I would share some insights and inspirations from a few favorite coaches:

* "Winning takes talent. To repeat takes character." - John Wooden

* "Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one." - Bob Knight

* "Two are better than one if two act as one." - Mike Krzyzewski

* "Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be." - John Wooden

* "Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on." - Mike Krzyzewski

* "It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen." - John Wooden

* "The key is not the 'will to win'...everyone has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important." - Bob Knight

* "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" - John Wooden

* "Believe that the loose ball that you're chasing has your name on it." - Mike Krzyzewski

* "Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful." - John Wooden

* "You don't play against opponents. You play against the game of basketball." - Bob Knight

* "When you cleanse yourself of a big victory, you may open yourself up for an even bigger victory." - Mike Krzyzewski

* "It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it." - John Wooden

* "Everybody hears, but few listen." - Bob Knight

* "Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do in the best possible manner at the time you are supposed to do it." - Mike Krzyzewski

* "It's what we learn after we know it all that really counts." - John Wooden

* "Everyone wants to be on a winning team, but no one wants to come to practice." - Bob Knight