“You can’t control it if your shots don’t go in, but you can control your energy.”
“First of all I struggled for three years. Really for two years, and then when George Karl got there (to Seattle) my struggles ended because I got a basketball coach that let me do what I wanted to do.”
“Playgrounds are the best place to learn the game (basketball) because if you lose, you sit down.”
On his playing days at Rutgers:
“We were a pressing team, we were a fast-breaking team. We had an open offense where we shared the ball and we had equal opportunity to score.”
We have to give 100 percent on the field, even if we’re tired. We’ve got to give 100 percent to help the team.
When we had the ’76 and ’77 teams that scored so many points we were as simple as could be. If we didn’t get the shot on the fast break we showed a little motion and then we used the penetration.
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra on what he learned from Pat Riley.
Professionalism. Your attention to detail has to be at such a high level that you start to build very good habits early. Commitment to discipline, hard work — those qualities you learn pretty quickly when you work for him.
I don’t want thugs and hoodlums on the team. I don’t want bad-character guys. I don’t want problem children.
Last week he signed a four-year, $44 million extension that will keep him with the Bucks through the 2017-’18 season.
This organization has put so much trust in me as a person, as a player, as a worker, as a leader. That’s definitely the role I want to take. It’s not a spontaneous thing. We’ve been working in this direction for a long time.
Now, them investing this faith in me is awesome. But it comes with a lot of responsibility and I embrace that. I’ve had my mistakes; I’ve had my ups and downs. All in all, I keep pushing in a forward direction and it’s allowed me to get here today. It’s the same direction I want to push this team.
Larry Sanders went from a reserve role his first two seasons to a standout third season as he became the Bucks starting center.