: Practice Quotes of the Day

Thursday, May 24
5/24/12 - Practice 20 Quote

“Practice like you’re trying to make the team.”

---Coach Mike Krzyzewski



Thursday, May 17
5/17/12 - Practice 19 Quote

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

---Kevin Durrant and others



5/16/12 - Practice 18 Quote

“Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”

--- Coach John Wooden, 10 NCAA titles on 12 years, 88 game win streak



5/10/12 - Practice 17 Quote

"If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you.  You haven't done much today."

--- Coach Mike Krzyzewski



Wednesday, May 9
5/9/12 - Practice 16 Quote

"To be great we need to win games we aren't supposed to win."

--- Julius "Dr. J" Erving



Sunday, May 6
5/6/12 - Practice 15 Quote

"Good, better, best never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best."

-- Tim Duncan, greatest power forward in NBA history



Saturday, May 5
5/5/12 - Practice 14 Quote

"Smell the popcorn"

Coach Chuck Turner, All time Michigan HS wins leader, Coach Ellis' coach



5/3/12 - Practice 13 Quote

"Nothing will work unless you do. "

--- John Wooden



4/29/12 - Practice 12 Quote

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them"

--- Michael Jordan



Saturday, April 28
4/28/12 - Practice 11 Quote

"Talent sets the floor, Character set the ceiling"

--- Coach Eric Mangini



4/26/12 - Practice 10 Quote

"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen."

--- Michael Jordan



4/20/12 - Practice 9 Quote

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.

-- Henry Ford



Thursday, April 19
4/19/12 - Practice 8 Quote

"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

-- Thomas Edison



Sunday, April 15
4/15/12 - Practice 7 Quote

"Everything negative -- pressure, challenges -- are all opportunity for me to rise.

-- Kobe Bryant



4/12/12 - Practice 5 Quote

“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



Sunday, April 8
4/8/12- Practice 4 Quote

"Mental is to physical as 4 is to 1.

Coach Bob Knight, 3 NCAA Championships



4/4/12 - Practice 3 Quote

"Your reputation is what you're perceived to be; Your character is what you really are."

Coach John Wooden, 10 NCAA titles (7 in a row), 88 game win streak.



Thursday, March 29
3/29/12 - Practice 2 Quote

"I was willing to do what others wouldn't do."

-- Jerry Rice, Greatest wide receiver of all time when asked what made him so good.



3/27/12 - Practice 1 Quote

"Basketball is a game of skill, timing, and position...not size and strength."  -- UCLA Coach John Wooden, 10 NCAA Titles in 12 years, 7 in a row.



8/1/11 - Practice 13 Quote

"It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports.  What is tough is being good every day.

Willie Mays, Baseball Legend



8/4/10 - Practice 12 Quote
“One of the most important things for a player to have during drill work is an imagination. He must imagine that it is a game-like situation.”-- Bob Knight, Coaching Legend, 3 NCAA titles

8/2/10 - Practice 11 Quote
“Success happens when preparation meets opportunity.” -- Jerry West

7/31/10 - Practice 10 Quote
“You can't get much done in life if you only work when you feel good.”
--- Jerry West, NBA Hall of Fame


7/26/10 - Practice 9 Quote
“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.”
--- Magic Johnson


Wednesday, July 21
7/21/10 - Practice 8 Quote
“I was willing to do what others wouldn’t do.” -- Jerry Rice, Greatest Wide Receiver of All Time, when asked what made him so good

Monday, July 19
7/19/10 - Practice 7 Quote
“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all the time, somehow things will work out in the end.”-- Larry Bird

7/14/10 - Practice 6 Quote
“I’m uncomfortable being comfortable.” --- Steve Nash

Monday, July 12
7/12/10 - Practice 5 Quote
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” --- Thomas Edison

6/24/10 - Practice 4 Quote
“Mental is to Physical as 4 is to 1.”-- Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski

6/21/10 - Practice 3 Quote
“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

6/10/10 - Practice 2 Quote
“Basketball is a game of skill, timing, and position, not size and strength."  -- Coach John Wooden

Thursday, June 3
6/3/10 - Practice 1 Quote
“First master the fundamentals.”-- Larry Bird, NBA Hall of Fame and One of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time

Thursday, August 6
8/5/09 - Practice 25 Quote
“I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.”-- Michael Jordan

8/4/09 - Practice 24 Quote
“It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough, is being good every day.” -- Willie Mays

8/3/09 - Practice 23 Quote
“A champion needs motivation above and beyond winning.”-- Pat Riley, Coach Miami Heat, 5 time NBA Champion

 



7/30/09 - Practice 22 Quote
“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.”
--- Henry Ford


7/28/09 - Practice 21 Quote
“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


7/23/09 - Practice 20 Quote
“It's what you learn, after you know it all, that counts.”
--- John Wooden


7/21/09 - Practice 19 Quote
“You can't get much done in life if you only work when you feel good.”
--- Jerry West, NBA Legend


7/16/08 - Practice 18 Quote
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”-- Jimmy Johnson, Hall of Fame Football Coach, Dallas Cowboys and U of Miami

7/14/09 - Practice 17 Quote
“The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right.”-- Edward C. Simmons

7/9/09 - Practice 16 Quote
“Talent wins games, but team work and intelligence wins championships.”-- Michael Jordan

7/7/09 - Practice 15 Quote
“Mental is to Physical as 4 is to 1.”-- Coach Mike Krzyzewski

7/2/09 - Practice 14 Quote
"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

6/30/09 - Practice 13 Quote
"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”-- Coach John Wooden, 10 NCAA Championships (7 straight)

6/25/09 - Practice 12 Quote
"Courage gives the leader the ability to stand straight and not sway no matter which way the wind blows.”-- Coach Mike Krzyzewski

6/23/09 - Practice 11 Quote
"Less is more and as you learn to give up scoring production in order to enhance team production, the results the team will see will become evident.-- Phil Jackson, 12 NBA Championships (10 as Coach, 2 as Player) talking to Michael Jordan about changing the offense before he won any Championships.  Jordan bought in!

6/18/09 - Practice 10 Quote
"Success happens when preparation meets opportunity.” -- Jerry West, One of the 50 Greatest Players and model for the NBA logo

6/16/09 - Practice 9 Quote
"It's pressure, there's no doubt, I was nervous, and that's a good thing.  That means you care.  You can try and use that energy as best you can to heighten your focus.” -- Tiger Woods

6/11/09 - Practice 8 Quote
“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

6/9/09 - Practice 7 Quote
“A champion needs motivation above and beyond winning.”-- Pat Riley, Coach Miami Heat, 5 time NBA Champion

6/4/09 - Practice 6 Quote
“Good, better, best, never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best.” -- Tim Duncan

6/2/09 - Practice 5 Quote
“You guys should be smelling the popcorn.” -- Coach Les Wothke: Coach Ellis’ College Coach during the last few practices before the first game.

5/29/09 - Practice 4 Quote
“I was willing to do what others wouldn’t do.” -- Jerry Rice, Greatest Wide Receiver of All Time, when asked what made him so good

5/28/09 - Practice 3 Quote
“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.”
--- Magic Johnson


5/26/09 - Practice 2 Quote
“I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.”-- Michael Jordan

5/23/09 - Practice 1 Quote
“First master the fundamentals.”-- Larry Bird, NBA Hall of Fame and One of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time

12/4/08 - Practice 14 Quote
“A lot of late nights in the gym, a lot of early mornings, especially when your friends are going out, you're going to the gym, those are the sacrifices that you have to make if you want to be an NBA basketball player.”-- Jason Kidd

12/3/08 - Practice 13 Quote
“I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”-- Thomas Jefferson

12/1/08 - Practice 12 Quote
“Even when I went to the playground, I never picked the best players.  I picked guys with less talent, but who were willing to work hard, who had the desire to be great.”-- Earvin “Magic” Johnson: NBA Hall of Fame, 5 Time NBA Champion

11/26/08 - Practice 11 Quote
“I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream.”-- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: NBA Hall of Fame, All-Time Leading Scorer

11/21/08 - Practice 10 Quote
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”-- Henry Ford

11/18/08 - Practice 9 Quote
“Offense sells tickets.  Defense wins games.  Rebounds win championships.”-- Hall of Fame Coach Pat Summit, 8 NCAA Championships

11/13/08 - Practice 8 Quote
“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”-- Coach John Wooden, Hall of Fame, 10 NCAA Championships including 7 in a row

Tuesday, November 11
11/11/08 - Practice 7 Quote
“A champion needs motivation above and beyond winning.”-- Coach Pat Riley, 5 time NBA Champion

11/8/08 - Practice 6 Quote
“Mental is to physical as 4 is to 1.”-- Coach K, Duke

11/6/08 - Practice 5 Quote
“A mediocre talent with lots of hard work will go farther than a stellar talent who just coasts.”-- Coach K, Duke

11/3/08 - Practice 4 Quote
“Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.”-- Coach John Wooden, Hall of Fame, 10 NCAA Championships including 7 in a row

10/30/08 - Practice 3 Quote
“A star can win any game; a team can win EVERY game.”-- Dr. Jack Ramsey, NBA Hall of Fame Coach

Friday, November 7
10/28/08 - Practice 2 Quote
“Talent wins games, but team work and intelligence wins championships.”-- Michael Jordan

Friday, November 7
10/27/08 - Practice 1 Quote
“Competition is the best measure of a man.”-- Doc Rivers, Head Coach, NBA Champion Boston Celtics

7/30/08 - Practice 26 Quote
“I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.”-- Michael Jordan

7/29/08 - Practice 25 Quote
“One of the most important things for a player to have during drill work is an imagination. He must imagine that it is a game-like situation.”-- Bob Knight, Coaching Legend, 3 NCAA titles

7/24/08 - Practice 24 Quote
“Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.”-- John Wooden, UCLA Coaching Legend

7/22/08 - Practice 23 Quote
“The best way to improve the team is to improve yourself.”-- John Wooden, UCLA Coaching Legend

7/17/08 - Practice 22 Quote
“Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort.  Only temporary success is achieved by taking short cuts.”-- Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys, NFL Hall of Fame QB

Tuesday, July 15
7/15/08 - Practice 21 Quote
“Greatness on the court is more than scoring points and individual accomplishments. The truly great players work hard, display a good attitude and live with integrity.”-- Wayne Simien Jr

7/10/08 - Practice 20 Quote
“A champion needs motivation above and beyond winning.”-- Pat Riley, Coach Miami Heat, 5 time NBA Champion

7/8/08 - Practice 19 Quote
“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 goals.”-- Larry Bird

7/3/08 - Practice 18 Quote
“Condition comes from hard work during practice and proper mental and moral conduct between practices.”-- John Wooden, UCLA Coaching Legend

7/1/08 - Practice 17 Quote
“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all the time, somehow things will work out in the end.”-- Larry Bird

6/19/08 - Practice 16 Quote
“Pressure can burst a pipe or pressure can make a diamond.”-- Robert Horry aka Big Shot Bob, 7 Time NBA Champion

6/17/08 - Practice 15 Quote
"It's pressure, there's no doubt, I was nervous, and that's a good thing.  That means you care.  You can try and use that energy as best you can to heighten your focus.” -- Eldrick “Tiger” Woods

6/12/08 - Practice 14 Quote
“We have 2 rules, be on tine and hustle, and I didn’t hustle.” -- Jimmy Rollins, 2007 Baseball MVP after being benched by the coach

6/10/08 - Practice 13 Quote
“Right up until the time that I retired at age 37, I felt like there were things that I could do better.” -- Julius “Dr. J” Erving, NBA Legend and Hall of Famer

6/5/08 - Practice 12 Quote
“Mental is to physical as 4 is to 1.”-- Coach Mike K

6/3/08 - Practice 11 Quote
“I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try to perfect the fundamentals.” -- Julius “Dr. J” Erving

5/29/08 - Practice 10 Quote
“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.  I don’t do things half-heartedly.  Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.” -- Michael Jordan

5/27/08 - Practice 9 Quote
“I’d rather make a pass and see my teammate score than score myself.”
--- Chris Paul


5/25/08 - Practice 8 Quote
“Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” --- Thomas Edison

5/22/08 - Practice 7 Quote

P = Preparation

R = Repetition

A = Attitude

C = Concentration

T = Technique

I = Intensity

C = Conditioning

E = Expectations



5/19/08 - Practice 6 Quote
“Never mistake activity for achievement.”
--- John Wooden, Coaching Legend, UCLA


5/15/08 - Practice 5 Quote
“You can't get much done in life if you only work when you feel good.”
--- Jerry West, NBA Legend


5/12/08 - Practice 4 Quote
“Not everyone who practices every day is a champion. But everyone who is a champion practices ever day.”
--- Unknown


5/10/08 - Practice 3 Quote
“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.”
--- Magic Johnson


5/7/08 - Practice 2 Quote
“I was willing to do what others wouldn’t do.” -- Jerry Rice, Greatest Wide Receiver of All Time, when asked what made him so good

Monday, May 5
5/5/08 - Practice 1 Quote
“Those that stay will become Champions.”
--- Bo Schembechler, University of Michigan Coaching Legend


3/13/08 - Practice 34 Quote
“I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”  -- Thomas Jefferson

3/11/08 - Practice 33 Quote
“Even when I went to the playground, I never picked the best players.  I picked guys with less talent, but who were willing to work hard, who had the desire to be great.”  -- Magic Johnson

3/6/08 - Practice 32 Quote
What to do with a mistake--recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.”  -- Dean Smith, Coaching Legend, North Carolina

Monday, March 3
3/3/08 - Practice 31 Quote
“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.  -- Joe Paterno, Football Coaching Legend, Penn State

2/28/08 - Practice 30 Quote
“In anything, failure to prepare is preparing to fail.  -- John Wooden, UCLA Coaching Legend, 10 NCAA Championships (7 straight)

2/25/08 - Practice 29 Quote
“It’s hard…but it’s fair.  -- Mr. John Ellis, Coach Ellis’ Dad

2/21/08 - Practice 28 Quote
There were several kids on my high school team that were better than me.”  -- Charles Barkley: Voted one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time

2/17/08 - Practice 27 Quote
“Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do in the best possible manner at the time you are supposed to do it.”  -- Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Sunday, February 17
2/11/08 - Practice 26 Quote
“It isn't hard to be good from time to time in sports. What is tough is being good every day.” -- Willie Mays, Baseball Legend

2/7/08 - Practice 25 Quote
It doesn't matter who scores the points, it's who can get the ball to the scorer.”  -- Larry Bird

2/4/08 - Practice 24 Quote
“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.”  -- Archie Griffin, 2 time Heisman Trophy winner, 5’9” tall

1/31/08 - Practice 23 Quote
“I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying.”  -- Michael Jordan

1/28/08 - Practice 22 Quote
“Offense wins games...Defense wins championships.”  -- Unknown

1/24/08 - Practice 21 Quote
“Life's most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”  -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1/17/08 - Practice 20 Quote
“Mental is to physical as 4 is to 1.”  -- Coach Mike Krzyzewski - Duke

1/14/08 - Practice 19 Quote
“Champions…the special ones…work when no one else is looking.”  -- LaDainian Tomlinson

1/10/08 - Practice 18 Quote
“Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.”  -- Alexander the Great

Monday, January 7
1/7/08 - Practice 17 Quote
“No Rebounds…No Rings!” -- Coach Pat Riley: Miami Heat, 5 NBA titles

Monday, January 7
1/3/08 - Practice 16 Quote
“I've always felt it was not up to anyone else to make me give my best. -- Hakeem Olajuwon, NBA MVP & 2 Time NBA Champion

12/27/07 - Practice 15 Quote
“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” -- Thomas Jefferson

12/20/07 - Practice 14 Quote
“We all have ability. The difference is how we use it.” - Stevie Wonder

Sunday, December 16
12/17/07 - Practice 13 Quote
“Be quick, but don't hurry." -- Coach John Wooden, 10 NCAA Championships

12/13/07 - Practice 12 Quote
“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game." -- Michael Jordan

12/11/07 - Practice 11 Quote
“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” -- Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Duke

12/6/07 - Practice 10 Quote
“I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” -- Michael Jordan

12/3/07 - Practice 9 Quote
“You don't get here by just wishin.” -- “Pistol Pete” Maravich: One of the 50 Greatest NBA Players.  All time leading scorer in NCAA basketball (44.2 points/game).

11/29/07 - Practice 8 Quote
“Smell the popcorn.” -- Coach Chuck Turner (My coach): Battle Creek Central High School

11/26/07 - Practice 7 Quote
“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” -- John Wooden, 10 NCAA Championships including 7 straight

11/19/07 - Practice 6 Quote
“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” -- Tim Duncan

11/17/07 - Practice 5 Quote
“It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” -- Coach John Wooden: 10 NCAA Championships including 7 straight.

11/15/07 - Practice 4 Quote
“If you think you can or if you think you can't you are 100% right.” -- Unknown  

11/11/07 - Practice 3 Quote
“I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.” -- Michael Jordan

11/9/07 - Practice 2 Quote
“Champions work when no one else is looking.”
--- LaDainian Tomlinson - San Diego Chargers


11/5/07 - Practice 1 Quote
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”
--- President Harry S. Truman