"The one thing that always bothered me when I played in the NBA was I really got irritated when they put a white guy on me." - Larry Bird

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"The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special." - Eddie Reese

It’s going to take all you’ve got.

"The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer." - John Madden

No shortcuts.

"Make each day your masterpiece." - John Wooden

You’re the artist.

July 10, 1989 - The Chicago Bulls named Phil Jackson as head coach to replace Doug Collins

Phil Jackson was hired as assistant coach, under Doug Collins, for the Chicago Bulls in 1987, and was promoted to head coach in 1989. It was around this time that he met Tex Winter and became a devotee of Winter’s triangle offense. Over nine seasons, Jackson coached the Bulls to six championships, winning three straight championships over separate three-year periods. The “three-peat” was the first since the Boston Celtics won eight titles in a row from 1959 through 1966.

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"I didn’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on the field and be prepared to play a good game." - Tom Landry

Prepare to succeed.

"Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference." - John Wooden

Kind reminder.

"The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team." - John Wooden

Teamwork makes the dream work.

"If God had wanted man to play soccer, he wouldn’t have given us arms." - Mike Ditka

Ditka’s school of logic.

"Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then." - John Wooden
Thanks, adversity.

"Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then." - John Wooden

Thanks, adversity.

"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

How bad do you want it?

"The one thing we have to do is make it hard for people to beat us. We’re not worried about winning and losing, we just have to make the game hard." - John Calipari

Hard work, dedication, and a strong effort.

"I can’t believe they pay us to play baseball, something we did for free as kids." - Sparky Anderson

When you love what you do.

"Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace." - Mike Ditka

Peace be with you.

"The American dream, to me, means having the opportunity to achieve, because I don’t think you should be guaranteed anything other than opportunity." - Lenny Wilkens

Seize the opportunity.

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