Summer 2000 Coach!
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make excuses. Your friends won't need them and your foes won't believe
them. Do not mistake activity for achievement.
wanted everyone on the team to feel important. I sometimes established
a closer relationship with the players who didn't play too much
than with the stars. I was constantly making the effort to pat them
on the back and show them that they were needed.
don't like to be like the guy in church who coughs loudly just before
putting money into the offering plate.
told my players I didn't care what their politics were, I just hoped
they believed in them. I might not like their actions, but I can't
I remember once Bill Walton laying down on Wilshire Boulevard and
stopping traffic during a demonstration. I said to him, "Suppose
there's an ambulance rushing somebody to the hospital and it can't
get there." He said, "I didn't think about that." I said, "Those
are the things to think about. You have a right to your beliefs
and your actions as long as they don't interfere with the rights
of others." I learned more from Lewis about man's inhumanity to
man than from anybody else.
am I proud of? After we'd won a national championship game, a reporter
asked one of my players what kind of racial problems we had on the
team. The player looked at the reporter and said, "You don't know
our coach, do you? He doesn't see color, he sees ballplayers." And
he turned and walked away. That's what I'm proud of.
thing I miss in retirement is the practices. As Cervantes said:
"The journey is better than the inn. I think the game is the inn
and the journey is the practices."
is no clock-watching when a leader has respect.
is a better motivator than fear.
is giving all people the treatment they earn and deserve. It doesn't
mean treating everyone alike.
occur when your thinking is tainted by excessive emotion.
happiness comes from the things that cannot be taken away from you.
All material things can be taken away.
off the floor after the NCAA semifinal win over Louisville in 1975,
it just hit me. Time to go. It was an emotional thing. I can't explain
it. I went to the dressing room and congratulated my players on
a fine game. I said, "I don't know how we'll do Monday night against
Kentucky, but I think we'll do all right. Regardless of the outcome
of the game, I never had a team give me more pleasure. I'm very
proud of you. This will be the last team I'll ever coach." They
were shocked. I went to the press and told them, and my athletic
director almost fainted. My wife didn't know. I didn't know myself
until it happened. It was an emotional thing.