On LeBron James:

“From the seventh grade on, he has lived in a world that none of us can relate to. He’s been anointed as the best player. That can usually distort your perception of what matters, and how much you should be working. He understands the whole puzzle in terms of not only individual work, where he’s going to push himself, but to be out here every day. Shootarounds, practices, film sessions, he’s lacing ‘em up. He doesn’t always feel great, but he’s going to be there to make this thing work.”


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.