- George Fox

It is in giving that we receive

- Francis Assisi

"The time is always right to do what is right"

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great, because greatness is determined by service."

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Believe in your dreams. If you don't believe in them, who else will?

Each and Every Day....

"Each Day I come in with a positive attitude, trying to get better."

-Stefon Diggs


When the Doors Open, I walked through them

- Maya Moore

Nothing just happens.

If you do the bare minimum, expect bare minimum results. You want to be great, work to be great.

-J.J. Watt

Work Worth Doing

"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."

- Theodore Roosevelt


TALENT determines what you can do

MOTIVATION determines how much you are willing to do

ATTITUDE determines how well you do it ​

10,000 Hours Rule

Best-selling Author, Malcolm Gladwell, has a theory that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become truly great at something.

Time to work. ​

10,000 Hours Rule

A comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there.​

Never defeated

We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat, so that we can know who we are.

-Maya Angelou


Champions keep playing until they get it right.

  • Billie Jean King

The difference between winners & losers

Losers assemble in small groups and complain about the coaches and other players.

Winners assemble as a TEAM and find ways to win.


If you don’t want responsibility, don’t sit in the big chair. That’s the deal. To be successful, you must accept full responsibility. Even when it doesn’t seem fair.

–Pat Summitt

Playing time

"Playing time is your responsibility. Want to play more? Bring more value to the team."

-Kevin Eastman


It doesn't matter where you Coach, it's why you Coach.

The Best Coaches

The best coaches are coaching more than just the game, they're coaching life.

-Don Meyer

Good Teams vs. Great Teams

Good Teams have Good Players

Great Teams have Great Teammates

Great Teams

Great teams have great benches. No whiners, just winners.

Great Players

Good players want to be coached; Great players want to be told the truth.

-Doc Rivers

Great Teammates

Your teammates need to trust your effort and commitment. Just as you need to trust theirs. There are no great teams without great teammates.

Your best teammates

Do you want to know who your best teammates are? Watch how they react when someone else does something good!

–Phil Beckner

Who's in your circle?

No one fails or succeeds alone. Every single person you affiliate with will pull you closer to either greatness or mediocrity.​

Are you Team first?

If you are not prepared to put the Team first turn around.

John Wooden's 4 Ps





.These are the keys to successful execution

Big Things

Its the little things that are vital. Little things make big things happen.

  • - John Wooden
  • What Counts
  • Its what you learn after you know it all that counts.
  • - John Wooden

Today's Checklist





2 Options

There are only two options regarding commitment; you're either in or you're out.

There's no such thing as life in-between.

–Pat Riley

Hard Work x Good Luck

Hard Work always puts you where Good Luck can find you.


Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.

-Matt Biondi


You have to have confidence in yourself in order to realize your own full potential –– in order to achieve your true greatness.

-Coach K


Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.

-Bobby Unser


You miss 100% of the shot you don't take.

-Wayne Gretzky

The main purpose of a team...

is for the strengths of the whole to offset the weaknesses of the individual.

Making the Team

Play and Practice like you are trying to make the Team.

  • - Mike Krzyzewski

Team = Family

It becomes a TEAM when your teammates become FAMILY.​

Team Leadership

Team leadership is: 1) setting a great example, 2) challenging teammates to match it.

Star Players

Not every player can be a star player, but every player must be a star at their role.

Average Teammates vs. Great Teammates

AVERAGE teammates are INTERESTED in their teammates. GREAT teammates are INVESTED in their teammates.

Well done is better than well said.

- Benjamin Franklin


You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.

  • - Michael Jordan

It's easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top

- Henry Ward Beecher


COMMITMENT separates those who live their dreams from those who live regretting the opportunities they have squandered.


Discipline helps you finish a job, and finishing is what separates excellent work from average work.

– Pat Summitt​

Hard, Smart, Together

Play together - Play hard - Play smart. Hard means with effort, together means unselfishly & smart means with proper execution.

–Dean Smith

Hard Work

If you can't outplay them, outwork them.

-Ben Hogan


Its not the size of a person but the size of their Heart that matters.

-Evander Holyfield

2 Rules for Practice

When you are practicing, practice like:

1) You are trying to make the team every day &

2) You don’t want to let your teammates down

–Jeff Boals

The best teams

The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal.

– Dave DeBusschere

When one teaches, two learn.

- Robert A. Heinlein

Appreciate the coaches

Appreciate the coaches that teach you about life. Those lessons will last long after you're done playing the game.

A true teammate

A true teammate knows it's not about being better than one another, but making one another better. ​

Great teammates do these 6 things

Great teammates:

1. Make extra pass.

2. Dive on loose balls.

3. Take charges.

4. Box out.

5. Communicate on D.

6. Cheer for teammates

Keys to Winning (Coach Don Meyer):

1) Believe in our system

2) Believe in yourself

3) Believe in your teammates

4) Believe in your coaches

Win or lose

Win or lose you will never regret working hard, making sacrifices, being disciplined or focusing too much.

-John Smith​

First and Last

A Leader is always first in line during times of criticism and last in line during times of recognition.

Great Players

The difference in great players: They get better every year. You notice it the very first game of the year. They've added a skill or dimension to their arsenal. A past weakness is muted.

What you do in the spring, summer, and fall, shows up in the WINTER.

Players: When you're older

PLAYERS: When you’re 25 you are going to realize that the people who demanded your best were also the ones who cared about you the most.​


Where can you find opportunities? Dissect your excuses and you will find opportunities in abundance.​


All dreams are CRAZY.

Until they become TRUE.


SUCCESS is not a question of how much power or money you have acquired. It is a question of how satisfied you are with WHO YOU ARE.


Excellence will always cost you more but in the end, it always pays for itself.

Hard Work

There may be people that have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.

- Derek Jeter

Office Hours

There are no office hours for champions.

- Paul Dietzel

If you're 5 minutes early...

...you're already 10 minutes late.


Where can you find opportunities? Dissect your excuses and you will find opportunities in abundance.​

Bird's 100% Rule

I've got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.

–Larry Bird

Every Time

Every time you stay out late; sleep in; miss a workout; every time you don’t give 100%… you make it that much easier for your opponent to beat you.​


Expect much of yourself and little of others.


The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.


Ship to Shore

One who does nothing but waits for his ship to come has already missed the boat.


Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.

-John Wooden

Winning & Losing

When you lose say very little, when you win say even less.

The True MVP

The true MVP of a great team is not the leading scorer, leading rebounder, leading assist-getter, but rather the players who lead the team's culture.


"If somebody's not obsessed with what they do, we don't speak the same language."


MJ's best skill

My best skill was that I was coachable. I was a sponge and aggressive to learn.

– Michael Jordan​


Champions never complain. They are too busy getting better.

Winning Championships

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.

- Michael Jordan


Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do ordinary things better than

anyone else.

– Chuck Noll​

Win vs. Lose

You can't win unless you know how to lose.

- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Can't be defeated

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.

- Maya Angelou


The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in your determination.

- Tommy Lasorda


Purpose is an incredible Alarm Clock


"The #1 factor of success is Grit and the ultimate driver of Grit is love. If you don't love it, you'll never work to become great at it."

- Jon Gordon


You will never always be MOTIVATED, you have to learn to be DISCIPLINED.

2 Options

When it comes to leadership a player has only two options: be one of your team's leaders, or support those teammates who do lead your team.

Two options

You have only two options: be one of your team's leaders, or support those teammates who do lead your team.

Reputation vs. Character

Your reputation is what you're perceived to be. Your character is what you really are.

– John Wooden

Talent vs. Character

Talent sets the floor, character sets the ceiling. – Bill Belichick

Dear Players

If you're going to be a reflection of your coach on the floor, you NEED to spend TIME with your coach.

Do you?

If you don't want to be coached then you don't want to be great.

Great Players

Great players want to be driven, to be pushed to the edge. They don’t want to be cheated. Ordinary players want it to be easy. – Pat Riley​

Real talk...

The only person you need to be better than is the person you were yesterday.

Good, better, best

Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient, and the best things come to those who don't give up.​

Hard work doesn't need to be witnessed

If you want to play well in front of thousands, you have outwork thousands in front of nobody.​

To be a good player...

To be a good player on your team, you have to affect someone else on the team. You have to cause them to play better by the way you play. -Nick Saban

When you see a champion

You can be sure that you are looking at an individual who pays great attention to the perfection of minor details.

- John Wooden

Building a winner

When the older players are willing to help the younger players every day, then you've got the right environment to build a winner. –Hank Iba

Defy all doubters

Don't let others keep you from chasing your dreams!

It's on YOU...

The ten most inspiring two letter words – "If it is to be it is up to me."

Don't wait for permission. Don't wait for someone to ask you. Don't wait, period. Get to work.


Instead of complaining – contribute! Nobody likes a complainer. They zap energy and enthusiasm from the team. Complaining adds nothing, solves nothing.

If you have a problem, confront it. Be honest and direct with your coaches and teammates and expect that they'll be honest and direct with you.

Never Give Up

Never give up. Failure and rejection are only the first step to suceeding.

-Jim Valvano

Jay Bilas on Failing

“Failing doesn’t make you a failure. Failing makes you a competitor. Every competitor fails. If you lay it on the line, you will come up short at times. Failure is a part of competing, and embracing that fact is an important component of toughness. Tough people fail, but tough people are not failures. The only failures are those who give up, or give in.”


Mistakes are a part of the building process. Mistakes have to be made. But, how you act when you make mistakes is of paramount importance.

-Coach Krzyzewski


If something bad happens to your team, don't multiply it by dropping your heads. Accept adversity, meet it head-on, overcome it. Together!

Every team faces adversity

MEDIOCRE teams are destroyed by it.

GOOD teams survive it.

GREAT teams get better because of it.

-Urban Meyer


You won't be good enough to ever beat another team by yourself. But you can destroy your own team with a bad attitude.

How bad you want it

No one wants to HEAR how bad you got it. They want to SEE how bad you want it!​


Talent plays ZERO role in how TOUGH you are!

Talent is given. Toughness is decided. It's a choice. You bring it to the table or you don't.


No matter how talented you are, the moment you become complacent is the moment you become vulnerable to your competition.


If you want to be great, you will have critics. Embrace them.

I like criticism. It makes you strong.

  • -Lebron James

Nothing Good...

Nothing good ever comes from worrying or sitting there feeling sorry for yourself. Keep positive and keep pushing on and things will turn good.

Patience AND persistence are crucial to reaching all of your basketball goals.


Instead of complaining – contribute! Nobody likes a complainer. They zap energy and enthusiasm from the team. Complaining adds nothing, solves nothing.

If you have a problem, confront it. Be honest and direct with your coaches and teammates and expect that they'll be honest and direct with you.


Culture doesn't change when the coach tells a player he's wrong. It changes when players tell other players: "No, that's not how we do things here."

People who are late

Players who are late are saying that their time is more important than the team. – Don Meyer​

Never Quit

You are never a loser until you quit trying

-Mike Ditka

Win first

Losers quit when they are tried. Winners quit after they have one.


If you fail to prepare you're prepared to fail

-Mark Spitz

One day at a time

When you wake up, think about winning the day. Don't worry about a week or a month from now. Think about one day at a time.

Stand up for Success

Players that let teammates slide, coast or cut corners are just as responsible for failure as they are. Stand up for success!

-Tom Crean


"To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe".

Do not Fear

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.

-Elbert Hubbard


"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."

Albert Einstein

Pointing fingers

Team leaders don't point fingers. Nor do they tolerate teammates doing so.

Real leaders accept blame and pass on credit.

If you're not the best player on the team...

There's only one solution: WORK HARDER!

Coach Carril speaks the truth

"The quality of the pass leads directly to the quality of the shot."

-Pete Carril

Body Language

Body language doesn't whisper, it screams!

What are you communicating to your Coach?

How to spot a selfish player

-Pouts when subbed out

-Dwells on the past

-Blames teammates for mistakes

-Thinks stats, not wins

Creating shots for yourself

"You create shots for yourself by what you do without the ball more than what you do after you get it."

-Steve Alford​

Last to Surrender

Those who have invested the most are the last to surrender.

–Vince Lombardi​


Do you know what the favorite part of the game is?

The opportunity to play.

-Mike Singletary

Every team needs the 4 Ts:





Tough Players

...Enjoy the contact:

✔️Charges ✔️First to floor ✔️Block out


"To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe".


"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory." ~ Dr. Seuss