“I tell my guys, they have to work all the time because somebody else is.”
“The guy who wins is the guy who works a little harder, who goes a little longer.” -John Havlicek
John Havlicek is one of the greatest basketball players of all-time…that no one seems to talk about.
It’s a shame he’s not mentioned when people discuss the old school guys.
This guy was incredible.
You know what I always say about basketball players, right?
Would I want to coach that guy and would I want to be his teammate?
Here’s Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell on his teammate:
“A fantastic guy to play with and coach.”
“Hondo” gave everything he had when he played. His stamina was incredible. He was all about energy and playing hard. The guy never stopped moving both on offense and defense. He is the epitome of “moving without the ball.”
One of the greatest athletes ever! Hands down.
Hondo was the Bionic Man before Lee Majors.
The former Ohio State Buckeye won 8 rings with the Boston Celtics. His teams never lost in the finals!
Hondo also won a college championship during his time in Columbus in 1960. It should be noted that the next two years they made it to the finals only to come up on the losing end.
I spoke to a former college basketball player from the Big Ten who played against Havlicek in college.
“Great defender,” the former player said.
Havlicek was voted to the NBA All-Defense Team 8 times in his career.
For the 1971 season Havlicek played in 81 games for the Celtics. His minutes per game average was 45.4
The following season he played in every game and logged 45.1 minutes per game.
Doubt we will ever see that again.
In the 1974 NBA finals vs the Milwaukee Bucks Havlicek was named MVP.
People talk about all the minutes LeBron James played in the finals vs the Warriors last June. How about Hondo in the 1974 finals? He played 289 of a possible 291 minutes in the series. After the series Bill Russell said, “He is the best all-around player I ever saw.” READ THAT AGAIN…He only sat for two minutes.
Havlicek played 16 seasons in Boston. During his last season (1978) he played all 82 games. He was 38 years old. He also played in the all-star game that year. And how about Doug Collins? Collins was to start at guard for the East but since Hondo was his idol, he gave up his starting spot to Hondo.
Here’s a great video of the ovation he received from the Celtics fans. By far the greatest tribute ever.
In high school Havlicek was all-state in basketball, baseball and football. The Cleveland Browns football team thought so much of Havlicek as an athlete they drafted him in the seventh round of the NFL Draft and had him in training camp.
Dweck is a professor at Stanford. Every year at the beginning of the semester she asks her graduate students:
“Do you want me to kiss your butt or make you better?”
Great stuff from an excellent coach:
What do you wish you could make every rookie understand before they ever play their first game?
That there are no shortcuts to success in the NBA and you have to put the work and time in. It’s everything from skill development on court, to studying film, to improving strength and agility and diet and rest. Changing your eating habits and even getting a chef so your body is in best position to deal with the travel schedule and grind of an 82-game season and getting sleep.
Steve Serby of the New York Post sat down with New York Knicks rookie, Kristaps Porzingis:
I love what this kid says. What he stands for and his outlook.
Q: Tell Knicks fans why you won’t be a bust.
A: I think what sets me apart from those busts is that I love the game so much. However my career’s gonna start — I’m gonna be playing, not playing — I’m gonna have my mentality, just my work ethic, keeping that same discipline every day, just working until my moment comes. … I’m a student of the game. I will try to make my career as long as possible, for me it’s not about money, so, I just love playing the game.
Q: What is your definition of greatness?
A: Being a professional for a long time on and off the court. Not just being a professional, but you gotta be a great player on the court, and then just doing all the right things off the court. Just interacting with your fans, just having a fan base. … How you carry yourself off the court, that’s very important. And then the dedication on the court … those hours when nobody’s watching you when you’re working by yourself in the gym — that’s what separates good from great.
Q: Describe your mentality on the court.
A: How I prepare myself for the games is I want to be aggressive, I want to attack, I want to get fouled. That’s the thing I always go through before a game. But then I think about: If it doesn’t go my way, what are the things that I can do to help a team, get rebounds, get blocks, stuff that just working on the court you can get even if you’re not making shots.
Came across this quote from the greatest point guard of all-time.
36 years ago, Magic was the first player taken in the NBA draft.
Here are his words after officially becoming a Los Angeles Laker.
“I hope I can come in and be a floor leader. Get everybody to work as a unit. That’s what it takes to win – team basketball.”
Keep in mind, Magic was 19 years old at the time.
From his high school coach, Lou Dawkins:
“He has the perfect mentality to continue to improve. He has the willingness to listen to criticism and the ability to let all the accolades coming to him now go in one ear and out the other.”