Coach K Quotes (Mike Krzyzewski)- Best Basketball Quotes

Below is a list of Coach K Quotes. Click »Open Image« to open an image with the quote and the author.

  • Don’t do anything as an individual that will make you stand out from your teammates.»Open Image«
  • I love practice. It is when a coach exercises the most control over the improvement of his or her team. »Open Image«
  • If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.»Open Image«
  • 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.»Open Image«
  • Don’t worry about losing. Think about winning.
  • With accomplishments comes confidence and with confidence comes belief. It has to be in that order.
  • To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.
  • Confidence shared is better than confidence only in yourself.
  • Mutual commitment helps overcome the fear of failure—especially when people are part of a team sharing and achieving goals. 
  • I think some parents now look at a youngster failing as the final thing. It’s a process, and failure is part of the process. 
  • A common mistake among those who work in sport is spending a disproportional amount of time on “x’s and o’s” as compared to time spent learning about people.
  • People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel that they are doing something for the greater good.
  • Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on.
  • During critical periods, a leader is not allowed to feel sorry for himself, to be down, to be angry, or to be weak. Leaders must beat back these emotions.
  • When you cleanse yourself of a big victory, you may open yourself up to the opportunity for an even bigger victory.
  • There are five fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride. I like to think of each as a separate finger on the fist. Any one individually is important. But all of them together are unbeatable.
  • Goals should be realistic, attainable, and shared among all members of the team.
  • Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do in the best possible manner at the time you are supposed to do it.

Coach K quotes about leadership

  • I lead and I teach. If we win basketball games from doing that, then that’s great, but I lead and teach. Those are the two things I concentrate on.
  • A leader’s responsibility to his team is paramount. It overshadows even his own personal feelings at any given time.
  • Leaders have to search for the heart on a team, because the person who has it can bring out the best in everybody else.
  • Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication.
  • Erect no artificial walls that might limit potential, stifle creativity, or shackle innovation.
  • A leader has to be positive about all things that happen to his team. Look at nothing in the past as failure.
  • A leader may be the most knowledgeable person in the world, but if the players on his team cannot translate that knowledge into action, it means nothing.
  • Every leader needs to remember that a healthy respect for authority takes time to develop. It’s like building trust. You don’t instantly have trust, it has to be earned.
  • When a leader takes responsibility for his own actions and mistakes, he not only sets a good example, he shows a healthy respect for people on his team.
  • Leaders should be reliable without being predictable. They should be consistent without being anticipated.

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