Summer 2000 Coach!
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learn from everyone, in some way or another. When my son was in
high school he wanted a car. I said, "You work hard in the summer
and save up for half and I'll pay the other half." He saved up,
and I came home one day and Nellie was just distraught. Jim had
given his money to a friend. I said to Jim, "Do you think you'll
get it back?" He said, "Dad, what did you always teach me? He's
my friend. Haven't I heard you say your greatest joy is doing something
for someone with no thought of something in return?" Hearing your
own words come back at you can make you smile. Later that year,
his friend paid him back. The two most important words in this world
are love and balance.
didn't have any drills where you just stand and shoot. Players were
constantly moving. Every fundamental drill was a conditioning drill.
My players knew that we stopped on time, just as they knew we started
used to tell my players: "My job is the two hours I have you on
the floor for practice every day. Your job is what you do between
those practices, because you can tear down faster than we can build
up by lack of moderation."
do it because he does it" is not a good reason.
is momentary; love is enduring.
never adjust to the loss of Nellie. We were married for 53 years.
No man ever had a finer wife and mother to his children. Prior to
her loss I had some fear of death. Now, I have no fear of death.
I look forward to seeing her again.
I am through learning, I am through.
is right is more important than who is right.
had a rule against facial hair for players. I didn't want hair or
sweat getting in a player's eyes and obstructing his vision. One
day Bill Walton came to practice wearing a beard. I said, "Bill,
have you forgotten something?" He said, "Coach, I think I should
be allowed to wear it. It's my right." So I asked him, "Do you believe
in that strongly?" He said, "Yes, I do, coach." I said to him, "Bill,
I have great respect for individuals who stand up for those things
in which they believe. And the team is going to miss you." Bill
shaved and returned to practice. There were no hard feelings.
had three rules for my players: No profanity; don't criticize a
teammate; never be late.