“Winning is hard.”
“One of the things I like to say is the 'Five Ps': Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.”
“This isn't my team. This is our team, the community's team, the fans' team, the player's team.”
“Age is a number. Age is overrated. If we were worried about age, Obama wouldn't have been elected, Tiger Woods wouldn't be doing what he’s doing.”
“I believe the best way to live your life is to be positive.”
“Memphis you take an 'Loss', people are devastated. They're sick to their stomach. They take it like a coach. That's the big difference. There are very few programs that are similar to here, the investment that they have to the team.”
“I took the names off the back of the jerseys; I locked them out of the locker room. I stopped feeding them hot meals, gave them a ham-and-turkey on white bread and bag of chips, wouldn't give them anything with the name of Memphis on their practice gear -- anything -- because I wanted them to understand ... that game is not acceptable.”
“This is a total team….When you lose that falls on the coach. Players win games; coaches lose games. I’ve always said that to the guys, and I believe that.”
“Can't tell you how much watching Lute Olson every day helped me"
“I remember being in the fifth grade and I'm watching a Lakers-Celtics game in my parents' bedroom and I thought then, 'I want to coach'.”
“The foundation of all excellence is positive belief.”
“I try not to cuss, I won't say I don't slip, but when I do I get upset at myself.”
“I didn't get my (undergraduate) degree in 2 1/2 years and my master's in one without having great time-management skills. I have sacrificed sleep, making sure that we are prepared to go. We will be prepared.”
“I'm jacked, ready to rock and roll. I'm not much of a sleeper, and I don't drink coffee either. I'm a high-energy guy. I love life. I'm a morning guy. I believe the best way to live your life is to be positive. From there, we'll take the next step.”
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