Sometimes it just takes a quick inspirational basketball quote to get your day going. For that reason, we created this page for basketball coaches that are searching for that inspiration. We have a quote for every day of the year!

Day 1 “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabar
Day 2 There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet and put the darn ball in the basket. – Abe Lemons
Day 3 “The worst thing you can do for someone is something that they could and should do for themselves.” – Abraham Lincoln.
Day 4 “We want men here, not just players. Players are a dime a dozen” – Adolph Rupp
Day 5 “A team should be an extension of a coach’s personality. My teams are arrogant and obnoxious.” – Al McGuire
Day 6 “I don’t discuss basketball. I dictate basketball. I’m not interested in philosophy classes.” – Al McGuire
Day 7 “It’s a profession in which, the longer you stay, the closer you are to being fired.” – Al McGuire
Day 8 “Winning is overemphasized. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.” – Al McGuire
Day 9 “He who controlleth the backboard, controlleth the game” – Al McGuire
Day 10 “People do not differ in their desire to win; they differ in the price they are willing to pay to win” – Alan Stein
Day 11 Help one kid at a time. He’ll maybe go back and help a few more” – Alan Stein
Day 12 “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein
Day 13 “Creativity Is Intelligence Having Fun.” – Albert Einstein
Day 14 “Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” – Andy Rooney
Day 15 “If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch!” – Andy Rooney
Day 16 “It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Day 17 “If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got.” – Anonymous
Day 18 “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – Anonymous
Day 19 “Trust because you are willing to accept the risk, not because it’s safe or certain.” – Anonymous
Day 20 “What’s the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable.” – Anonymous
Day 21 “Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem.” – Anonymous
Day 22 “The Pessimist Sees Difficulty In Every Opportunity. The Optimist Sees The Opportunity In Every Difficulty.” – Anonymous
Day 23 “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
Day 24 “The best things in life aren’t things.” – Art Buchwald
Day 25 “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth
Day 26 “We must all hang together, else we shall hang seperately.” – Benjamin Franklin
Day 27 “It doesn’t matter how athletic or skilled a player is, if they have a low I.Q., they won’t be very good” – Bill Belichick
Day 28 “Talent sets the floor, character sets the ceiling” – Bill Belichick
Day 29 “The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.” – Bill Russell
Day 30 “Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory” – Bill Russell
Day 31 “Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute” – Bill Russell
Day 32 “The most important thing to me is the friends that I’ve made” – Bill Russell
Day 33 Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute. – Bill Russell
Day 34 “Mental Toughness is doing the right thing for the team when it’s not the best thing for you” – Bill Walsh
Day 35 “Winning is about having the whole team on the same page.” – Bill Walton
Day 36 “Champions behave like champions before they are champions” – Billy Donovan
Day 37 “If I can’t expect someone to be accountable off the floor, how can I expect them to guard a pick and roll? Or get a rebound?” – Billy Donovan
Day 38 “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.” – Billy Ocean
Day 39 “As players see themselves getting better through skill sessions, they will want to get in the gym more” – Bo Ryan
Day 40 “I didn’t get into teaching and coaching for the number of wins or the money. It was a passion for trying to help young people” – Bo Ryan
Day 41 “Shot fakes and ball fakes work. No one uses more than Wisconsin. It’s amazing how many people don’t use them” – Bob Cousy
Day 42 “Do your best when no one is looking. If you do that, then you can be successful in anything that you put your mind to” – Bob Hurley
Day 43 A bad day coaching basketball is better than a good day doing almost anything else” – Bob Hurley
Day 44 “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
Day 45 “Good basketball always starts with good defense.” – Bob Knight
Day 46 “Offense is not equal opportunity.” – Bob Knight
Day 47 “A quick way for any player to make himself better is to think about what he himself doesn’t like to play against” – Bob Knight
Day 48 “Good basketball always starts with good defense!” – Bob Knight
Day 49 “I hate casual shooting. Every shot is preceded by working to get open and catch and shoot under game like conditions” – Bob Knight
Day 50 “I just love the game of basketball so much. The game! I don’t need the 18,000 people screaming and all the peripheral things. To me, the most enjoyable part is the practice and preparation” – Bob Knight
Day 51 “In order to achieve to achieve positive results, one must work for them, not hope for them” – Bob Knight
Day 52 “My practices were not set up to be easy or enjoyed” – Bob Knight
Day 53 “Offense is not equal opportunity” – Bob Knight
Day 54 “Players must be able to carry out simple instructions from the bench to the court. If they can’t, then they can’t play” – Bob Knight
Day 55 “Players must be able to carry out simple instructions from the bench to the court. If they can’t, then they can’t play” – Bob Knight
Day 56 “The single most important aspect of coaching is running effective practices” – Bob Knight
Day 57 “What is the best thing you can do in a close game? Drive to the basket and put pressure on the defense! Not jack up jump shots” – Bob Knight
Day 58 Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one. – Bob Knight
Day 59 The key is not the ‘will to win’… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important” – Bob Knight
Day 60 “You have to earn your right to win the game with effort and togetherness.” – Brad Stevens – Brad Stevens
Day 61 “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” – Brad Stevens
Day 62 “How good can we expect to be if our best player is not our best teammate” – Brad Stevens
Day 63 “The difference between a good defensive team and a bad defensive team is as little as three possessions” – Brad Stevens
Day 64 “The game honors toughness” – Brad Stevens
Day 65 “The key is to maintain an evenness. Try to play one possession at a time, regardless of what happened on the last possession” – Brad Stevens
Day 66 “We’re building a culture of accountability, trust, and togetherness. Entitlement will not be tolerated” – Brad Stevens
Day 67 “Develop An ‘Attitude Of Gratitude’. Say Thank You To Everyone You Meet For Everything They Do For You.” – Brian Tracy
Day 68 “Fake It Until You Make It! Act As If You Had All The Confidence You Require Until It Becomes Your Reality.” – Brian Tracy
Day 69 “Imagine Your Life Is Perfect In Every Respect; What Would It Look Like?” – Brian Tracy
Day 70 “Reading Is To The Mind, As Exercise Is To The Body.” – Brian Tracy
Day 71 “The Future Belongs To The Competent. Get Good, Get Better, Be The Best!” – Brian Tracy
Day 72 “You Are Never Too Old To Set Another Goal Or To Dream A New Dream.” – C.S. Lewis
Day 73 “Most games are lost, not won.” – Casey Stengel
Day 74 “I always laugh when people ask me about rebounding techniques. I’ve got a technique It’s called just go get the damn ball” – Charles Barkley
Day 75 “This is basketball, not figure skating. You don’t get extra points for degree of difficulty” – Charles Barkley
Day 76 “Opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” – Chris Grosser
Day 77 “Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.” – Christopher Morley
Day 78 “Defense doesn’t break down on the help, it breaks down on the recovery” – Chuck Daly
Day 79 “If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful” – Chuck Daly
Day 80 “Players have to buy into your system and be willing to accept the role, you, as the coach, have assigned to them” – Chuck Daly
Day 81 Athletes that can’t listen, can condition. – Chuck Daly
Day 82 “To See What Is Right And Not Do It Is A Lack Of Courage.” – Confucious
Day 83 “When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.” – Dale Carnegie
Day 84 “The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal.” – Dave DeBusschere
Day 85 “Be sure you are right, then go ahead.” – Davey Crockett
Day 86 “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” – David Brinkley
Day 87 “I’m a lot better coach when I have really good players” – David Robinson
Day 88 “If you make every game a life-and-death thing, you’re going to have problems. You’ll be dead a lot.” – Dean Smith
Day 89 “Basketball is a team game. But that doesn’t mean all five players should take the same amount of shots” – Dean Smith
Day 90 “If you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot” – Dean Smith
Day 91 “My goal is to win the next game one possession at a time. That’s it. I don’t have any other goals” – Dean Smith
Day 92 “One player’s selfish attitude can poison the locker room and make it hard, if not impossible, to establish teamwork” – Dean Smith
Day 93 “Over coaching is the worst thing you can do to a player” – Dean Smith
Day 94 “There is a lot of basketball beyond our control, but a player should never let anyone try harder than he does” – Dean Smith
Day 95 “What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it” – Dean Smith
Day 96 “You should always sub a player out when you see them not going full speed or they’re playing selfish basketball” – Dean Smith
Day 97 Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat. – Dean Smith
Day 98 What to do with a mistake – recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it. – Dean Smith
Day 99 Sometimes, adrenaline flows into momentum. – Dennis Johnson
Day 100 “We must be optimistic. No matter how devastating the previous day, we must be tremendously resilient and come back the next day with a plan to improve.” – Dick Bennett
Day 101 “Do you want to choose winning over standing out? It’s a choice every player on every championship team has to do” – Doc Rivers
Day 102 “Encourage ‘random’ picks on the ball because they cannot be scouted” – Doc Rivers
Day 103 “If you’re not talking, you’re not playing defense” – Doc Rivers
Day 104 “Praise behaviour that you want repeated” – Doc Rivers
Day 105 “If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton
Day 106 “How competitive can you be without losing your discipline?” – Don Meye
Day 107 “You never realize the value of coaching until your children play for a coach.” – Don Meyer – Don Meyer
Day 108 “Discover your gift, develop your gift, and then give it away every day” – Don Meyer
Day 109 “If you want to thank me, go do something for somebody else” – Don Meyer
Day 110 “In the end, what your own troops do is more important than who they are marching against” – Don Meyer
Day 111 “It doesn’t cost nothing to be nice to people” – Don Meyer
Day 112 “It is foolish to expect a young man to follow your advice and to ignore your example” – Don Meyer
Day 113 “It is not what you teach, but what you emphasize” – Don Meyer
Day 114 “Players who are late are saying that their time is more important than the team” – Don Meyer
Day 115 “Plays are not as important as players, and players are not as important as teammates” – Don Meyer
Day 116 “Practice shared suffering. If one guy messes up, everyone runs. If one guy does well, everyone benefits” – Don Meyer
Day 117 “Recognize and reward players who put the team first, not just the gifted ones” – Don Meyer
Day 118 “You never realize the value of coaching until your children play for a coach” – Don Meyer
Day 119 “What You Lack In Talent Can Be Made Up With Desire, Hustle And Giving 110% All The Time.” – Don Zimmer
Day 120 “Don’t ever have a rule that you won’t enforce with your best player” – Doug Collins
Day 121 “You’re always going to face criticism, you’re always going to face challenges, but those things are there to make you stronger and more committed” – Doug Collins
Day 122 “The person who has the most to do with what happens to you, is you.” – Dr. Ben Carson
Day 123 “We Generate Fears While We Sit. We Overcome Them By Action.” – Dr. Henry Link
Day 124 “Even the greatest players accept coaching and value the need for discipline and the order that it brings to the team” – Dr. Jack Ramsay
Day 125 “The worst day coaching is better than the best day doing anything else” – Dr. Jack Ramsay
Day 126 “A good practice is one where the players talk and the coaches don’t have to.” – Dr. James Gels
Day 127 “Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.” – Dr. James Naismith, the father of basketball
Day 128 “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight… it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Dwight Eisenhower
Day 129 Play the game with a smile. – Earl “The Pearl” Monroe
Day 130 “Work as hard as you can to become as good an individual player as you can to help your team win” – Ed Murphy
Day 131 “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Day 132 “Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you.” – Frank Tyger
Day 133 “The Only Limit To Our Realization Of Tomorrow Will Be Our Doubts Of Today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Day 134 “It is as big a mistake to turn down a good shot as it is to take a bad one” – Fred Hoiberg
Day 135 “I don’t hire good coaches, I hire good people. If they turn out to be good coaches, too, that’s a plus” – Geno Auriemma
Day 136 “If your bigs rim run at full speed it not only increases the potential for a quick layup, but opens up court for guards” – Geno Auriemma
Day 137 “‘Play the right way’ means play unselfishly, respect each other’s achievements, play hard, fulfill your role” – Gregg Popovich
Day 138 “I can’t make every decision for you. I don’t have 14 timeouts. You guys got to get together and talk” – Gregg Popovich
Day 139 “Players draw confidence from a poised, alert coach who anticipates changing in game conditions” – Gregg Popovich
Day 140 I’m not against taking shots, but I am against taking bad shots. – Hank Iba
Day 141 We are not going to play them; they are going to play us. – Hank Iba
Day 142 “It takes no talent to hustle.” – Hans Schmidt
Day 143 “If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.” – Harry S. Truman
Day 144 “The Man Who Has Confidence In Himself Gains The Confidence Of Others.” – Hasidic Proverb
Day 145 “Security Is Mostly A Superstition. Life Is Either A Daring Adventure Or Nothing.” – Helen Keller
Day 146 “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Henry David Thoreau
Day 147 “Whether You Think You Can Or Think You Can’t, You’re Right.” – Henry Ford
Day 148 Go up to the free throw line knowing your going to make it, not knowing you won’t miss. – Hilary Ashmead
Day 149 “No one is bigger than the team. If you can’t do things our way, you’re not getting time here and we don’t care who you are” – Hubie Brown
Day 150 “Use different basketball offensive alignments to cause confusion for the other team” – Hubie Brown
Day 151 Winning teams at the NBA level, the college level, and the high school level all play team basketball. Championship teams have five players on the same page at all times. – Hubie Brown
Day 152 “Basketball is not played simply with X’s and O’s. It’s played with both trust and confidence.” – Isiah Thomas
Day 153 “The mind grows by what it feeds on.” – J. G. Holland
Day 154 Teams that play together beat those with superior players who play more as individuals. – Jack Ramsay
Day 155 “If something works for another school, use it. Don’t act like you are too good to use other ideas” – Jeff Van Gundy
Day 156 “Just concentrate on what you’re supposed to do” – Jeff Van Gundy
Day 157 “Players with high character get better. Players with a serious approach get better. The fools never get better” – Jeff Van Gundy
Day 158 “Your best players have to unite and inspire the group… otherwise, they’ll divide the group” – Jeff Van Gundy
Day 159 “Your decisions reveal your priorities” – Jeff Van Gundy
Day 160 “If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
Day 161 “A person really doesn´t become whole, until he becomes a part of something that´s bigger than himself.” – Jim Valvano
Day 162 “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up.” – Jim Valvano
Day 163 “All really successful coaches have a system” – Jim Valvano
Day 164 “Be a dreamer. If you don’t know how to dream, you’re dead” – Jim Valvano
Day 165 “Don’t worry about being cool. Worry about being the best” – Jim Valvano
Day 166 “If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special” – Jim Valvano
Day 167 “Other people go to the office. I get to coach. I know I’ve been blessed” – Jim Valvano
Day 168 “To go from where you are to where you want to be: you have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it” – Jim Valvano
Day 169 For order and a society to exist – and a basketball team is a society within itself – it needs discipline. – Joe B. Hall
Day 170 “Knowing Is Not Enough; We Must Apply. Wishing Is Not Enough; We Must Do.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Day 171 “If I walk in a home and a kid disrespects a woman, his mother or grandmother, then I am out… I wont recruit them” – John Calipari
Day 172 “There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with them” – John Calipari
Day 173 “What type of teammates do you want to play with? Be that teammate yourself” – John Calipari
Day 174 “You have to lose yourself in the team and you have to lose yourself in the game” – John Calipari
Day 175 “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy
Day 176 “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy
Day 177 Blending the talents of your team members is crucial to basketball success. – John Kundla
Day 178 “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” – John R. Wooden
Day 179 “A coach must never forget that he is a leader and not merely a person with authority.” – John Wooden
Day 180 “Be quick, but never hurry.” – John Wooden
Day 181 “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
Day 182 “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.” – John Wooden
Day 183 “Happiness begins where selfishness ends.” – John Wooden
Day 184 “Happiness is the journey not the destination.” – John Wooden
Day 185 “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” – John Wooden
Day 186 “Nothing will work unless you do.” – John Wooden
Day 187 “On perfection – A good garden may have some weeds.” – John Wooden
Day 188 “One of the highest compliments you can be paid is that you are a person of your word.” – John Wooden
Day 189 “The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success.” – John Wooden
Day 190 “What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.” – John Wooden
Day 191 “A coach must never forget that he is a leader and not merely a person with authority” – John Wooden
Day 192 “Be quick without hurrying” – John Wooden
Day 193 “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability” – John Wooden
Day 194 “I found the bench to be the greatest ally when I had to make individuals comply with what was best for the team” – John Wooden
Day 195 “My philosophy of defense is to keep the pressure on an opponent until you get to his emotions” – John Wooden
Day 196 “Remember this, the choices you make in life, make you” – John Wooden
Day 197 “Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference” – John Wooden
Day 198 “The best competition I have is against myself to become better” – John Wooden
Day 199 “The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother” – John Wooden
Day 200 “The better conditioned team will probably win in the long run” – John Wooden
Day 201 “The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control” – John Wooden
Day 202 “The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move” – John Wooden
Day 203 “What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player” – John Wooden
Day 204 “When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare” – John Wooden
Day 205 “When the legs go, the heart soon follows” – John Wooden
Day 206 “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one” – John Wooden
Day 207 “You discipline those under your supervision to correct, to help, and to improve. Not to punish” – John Wooden
Day 208 “You discipline those under your supervision to correct, to help, and to improve. Not to punish” – John Wooden
Day 209 “You understand, you do not invent stuff on this team. Guys that invent stuff will not play for me. Make the easy play” – John Wooden
Day 210 “Young men need more models, not critics” – John Wooden
Day 211 Doing the best you are capable of doing is victory in itself, and less than that is defeat. – John Wooden
Day 212 “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Day 213 “As a parent, I have a job as a role model to my children, and by extension, to other young people” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Day 214 “Leaders are interested in finding the best way rather than having their own way” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Day 215 “The extra pass and the extra effort on defense always get the job done” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Day 216 “Cutting is so important to great offense. Players must understand that every cut you make is not always for you. Hard cuts often get others open” – Kevin Eastman
Day 217 “Interesting thing about the best leaders is that they immerse themselves in both teaching and learning. Growth comes by both” – Kevin Eastman
Day 218 “It’s OK to make mistakes. That’s how we learn. When we compete, we make mistakes” – Kevin Eastman
Day 219 “There is a direct correlation between the number of ball reversals and defensive breakdowns” – Kevin Eastman
Day 220 “First master the fundamentals.” – Larry Bird
Day 221 “It doesn’t matter who scores the points, it’s who can get the ball to the scorer.” – Larry Bird
Day 222 “When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro.” – Larry Bird
Day 223 “I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end” – Larry Bird
Day 224 “If you give shooters the right to shoot, you must give them the right to miss” – Larry Bird
Day 225 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
Day 226 “Kids today don’t know the difference between instruction and criticism” – Larry Brown
Day 227 “There are many times when you are better off practicing than playing; but most people just don’t understand that” – Larry Brown
Day 228 All the successful teams I’ve ever seen have three characteristics: They play unselfish, they play together, and they play hard. – Larry Brown
Day 229 “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown
Day 230 “Don’t wallow in the mud with pigs. You’ll get dirty and the pigs will like it.” – Lorrie Ardoin
Day 231 “Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad and I show you a guy you can beat every time.” – Lou Brock
Day 232 “Nothing is as good as it seems and nothing is as bad, but somewhere between reality falls.” – Lou Holtz
Day 233 “If at first you don’t succeed, you are like most people.” – M. H. Alderson
Day 234 “Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.” – Magic Johnson
Day 235 “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
Day 236 “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” – Mark Twain
Day 237 “The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer everybody else up.” – Mark Twain
Day 238 “We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated.” – Maya Angelou
Day 239 “Accept a loss as a learning experience, and never point fingers at your teammates” – Michael Jordan
Day 240 “All the successful teams I’ve ever seen have 3 characteristics: They play unselfish, they play together, and they play hard” – Michael Jordan
Day 241 “Being afraid on the court means you’re not confident of your skills” – Michael Jordan
Day 242 “Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise” – Michael Jordan
Day 243 “Heart is what separates the good from the great” – Michael Jordan
Day 244 “I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results” – Michael Jordan
Day 245 “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them” – Michael Jordan
Day 246 “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night” – Michael Jordan
Day 247 “Success doesn’t stop when you get there” – Michael Jordan
Day 248 I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot … When you think about the consequences, you always think of a negative result. – Michael Jordan
Day 249 I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win. – Michael Jordan
Day 250 I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan
Day 251 Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. – Michael Jordan
Day 252 “If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you. You haven’t done much today.” – Mike Krzyzewski
Day 253 “Believe that the loose ball that you are chasing has your name wirtten on it” – Mike Krzyzewski
Day 254 “Champions play as they practice. Create a consistency of excellence in all your habits” – Mike Krzyzewski
Day 255 “Defense is one man guarding the ball and four others helping him” – Mike Krzyzewski
Day 256 “Don’t confuse your path with your destination. Just because its stormy now doesn’t mean you aren’t headed for sunshine” – Mike Krzyzewski
Day 257 “Every season is a journey. Every journey is a lifetime” – Mike Krzyzewski
Day 258 “Everybody wants to take responsibility when you win, but when you fail, all these fingers are pointing” – Mike Krzyzewski
Day 259 “Teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one” – Mike Krzyzewski
Day 260 “You don’t just be a team. You become a team. Through tough games you find that you need each other” – Mike Krzyzewski
Day 261 “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them” – Mike Krzyzewski
Day 262 Champions play as they practice. Create a consistency of excellence in all your habits. – Mike Krzyzewski
Day 263 Our goal is not to win. It’s to play together and play hard. Then, winning takes care of itself. – Mike Krzyzewski
Day 264 There are 5 fundamental qualities that make every team great: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring, and pride” – Mike Krzyzewski
Day 265 “Entrepreneurs Are Great At Dealing With Uncertainty And Also Very Good At Minimizing Risk. That’s The Classic Entrepreneur.” – Mohnish Pabrai
Day 266 “Play hard, play smart, play together, have fun.” – Morgan Wootten
Day 267 “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” – Muhamed Ali
Day 268 “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” – Muhammad Ali
Day 269 “Don’t count the days; make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali
Day 270 “Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.” – Muhammad Ali
Day 271 “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali
Day 272 “If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.” – Muhammad Ali
Day 273 “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali
Day 274 “The shortest distance between two points is always under construction.” – Noelie Alito
Day 275 “Failure Will Never Overtake Me If My Determination To Succeed Is Strong Enough.” – Og Mandino
Day 276 “He who stops being better stops being good.” – Oliver Cromwell
Day 277 “I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
Day 278 “Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.” – Pat Riley
Day 279 “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better” – Pat Riley
Day 280 “Footwork is one of the primary prerequisites to becoming a great player” – Pat Riley
Day 281 “There are only two options regarding commitment… you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in-between” – Pat Riley
Day 282 When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort–it is ready to climb. – Pat Riley
Day 283 “Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart” – Phil Jackson
Day 284 “Never be ready to play yesterday. Being ready to play today is what’s important” – Phil Jackson
Day 285 Not only is there more to life than basketball, there’s a lot more to basketball than basketball. – Phil Jackson
Day 286 “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” – Proverb
Day 287 “No one knows what he can do until he tries.” – Publilius Syrus
Day 288 “I never wanted to be famous, I just wanted to be great.” – Ray Charles
Day 289 “Some say you have to use your five best players, but I found out you win with the five that fit together best as a team.” – Red Auerbach
Day 290 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
Day 291 I’ve always considered myself a crunch-time player. I just love having the ball in my hands. Everyone in the arena knows the ball is supposed to be in your hands and you still make it. It’s the odds. I love the odds. – Reggie Miller
Day 292 “One of the biggest reasons I like coaching college ball is the kids. I feel I can impact players’ lives” – Rick Majerus
Day 293 “Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I’m doing” – Rick Majerus
Day 294 “Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer” – Rick Pitino
Day 295 “Success is determined by your daily choices and habits” – Rick Pitino
Day 296 “Switch if you have to! It’s not the mismatch that beats you, it’s the open shot!” – Rick Pitino
Day 297 “I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.” – Rita Mae Brown
Day 298 “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” – Rita Mae Brown
Day 299 “People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do.” – Rob Siltanen
Day 300 “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day – Robert Collier
Day 301 “Love may not make the world go round, but I must admit that it makes the ride worthwhile.” – Sean Connery
Day 302 “If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.” – Steve Jobs
Day 303 “All battles are won before they are fought.” – Sun Tzu
Day 304 “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Day 305 “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Day 306 “Do What You Can With All You Have, Wherever You Are.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Day 307 “If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” – Thomas J. Watson
Day 308 “I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” – Thomas Jefferson
Day 309 “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson
Day 310 “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” – Tim Duncan
Day 311 “Mental toughness is believing, without a doubt, that whatever happens, you got this” – Tim Grover
Day 312 “The key to coaching is not what you do, but the way you do it. The intangibles, the motivational parts of the game are the most important facets of it” – Tim Grover
Day 313 “When you’re tired, sore, and can’t do more, that’s the time to do more” – Tom Crean
Day 314 “Discipline is the greatest form of love you can show someone. Great players crave discipline.” – Tom Izzo
Day 315 “We want men here, not just players. Players are a dime a dozen.” – Tom Izzo
Day 316 “Never let fundamentals and building skills take a backseat to game planning. Game plans win games. Fundamentals win championships” – Tom Izzo
Day 317 “Today’s society wants to skip the process. And I hate that” – Tom Izzo
Day 318 The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination” – Tommy Lasorda
Day 319 “Be the best version of yourself every every single day.” – Tony Adragna
Day 320 Build skills, not drills. – Tony Adragna
Day 321 It is far better to shoot an airball than to not shoot at all for fear of missing. – Tony Alfonso
Day 322 Most players prepare for disaster. A good player prepares for success. – Tony Alfonso
Day 323 The great players show how much they want to play during the offseason — when it’s hot, when it’s tough, and when no one is watching. – Tony Alfonso
Day 324 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
Day 325 You Learn More From Failure Than From Success. Don’t Let It Stop You. Failure Builds Character.” – Unknown
Day 326 “Individual commitment to a group effort. That´s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi
Day 327 “It’s Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It’s Whether You Get Up.” – Vince Lombardi
Day 328 “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
Day 329 “Great minds have purposes. Little minds have wishes.” – Washington Irving
Day 330 “The wishbone will never replace the backbone.” – Will Henry
Day 331 “Don’t Let Yesterday Take Up Too Much Of Today.” – Will Rogers
Day 332 “Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” – William A. Ward
Day 333 “If you’re going through hell keep going.” – Winston Churchill
Day 334 “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
Day 335 “The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.” – Winston Churchill
Day 336 “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.”
Day 337 “A winner never quits, a quitter never wins.”
Day 338 “Always behave like a duck–keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.”
Day 339 “Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play. It is as simple as that. I love that opportunity.”
Day 340 “Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion.”
Day 341 “Everybody knows how to boil water and coach basketball.”
Day 342 “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”
Day 343 “I don’t mind starting the season with a bunch of unknowns. I just don’t want to finish the season with a bunch of them.”
Day 344 “If you don’t climb the mountain, you can’t see the view.”
Day 345 “If you pay attention to the grandstands…it won’t be long before you join them.”
Day 346 “It comes a time when WINTER asks you what your did in the SUMMER.”
Day 347 “It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you become.”
Day 348 “Often it’s not the problem, but your attitude about the problem.”
Day 349 “One of hardest decisions you’ll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.”
Day 350 “One who makes no mistakes never makes anything.”
Day 351 “Play tough, play smart, and compete for 32 minutes.”
Day 352 “Players play, tough players win.”
Day 353 “Please all, and you will please none.” (Aesop)
Day 354 “POST PLAY: 1. Play low – 2. Play wide – 3. Hands up – 4. Feet active.”
Day 355 “Some people always want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention.”
Day 356 “The best man defense looks like a zone and the best zone defense looks like a man.”
Day 357 “The harder I work the luckier I get.”
Day 358 “The image of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat,to the point of exhaustion–when no one else is watching.”
Day 359 “The most important thing in basketball: BE A TEAM.”
Day 360 “The only important shot you take is the next one.”
Day 361 “When nothing goes right… go left.”
Day 362 “When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.”
Day 363 “You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.”
Day 364 “You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.”
Day 365 If you practice with emotion and purpose you’ll play with passion and confidence.

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