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Great Coach K Quotes

I believe a big part of leadership is about winning the moment.
Mike Krzyzewski

Leadership is an ever-evolving position.
Mike Krzyzewski

When I had troubles, I’d go out with basketball – you can do it by yourself, too. So you’d go out and shoot, and you’d fantasize.
Mike Krzyzewski

With me and basketball, it became part of me.
Mike Krzyzewski

A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That’s how I want you to play.
Mike Krzyzewski

Each group and each youngster is different. As a leader or coach, you get to know what they need.
Mike Krzyzewski

Mike Krzyzewski Quotes

Mike Krzyzewski Quotes

The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.
Mike Krzyzewski

Leaders have to search for the heart on a team, because the person who has it can bring out the best in everybody else.
Mike Krzyzewski

A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That’s how I want you to play.
Mike Krzyzewski

I always won in my imagination. I always hit the game-winning shot, or I hit the free throw. Or if I missed, there was a lane violation, and I was given another one.
Mike Krzyzewski

I have a rule on my team: when we talk to one another, we look each other right in the eye, because I think it’s tough to lie to somebody. You give respect to somebody.
Mike Krzyzewski

I think you’re not a human being unless you have doubts and fears.
Mike Krzyzewski

I’m fortunate now that I coach at Duke University and we’ve won a lot. I have some kids who haven’t failed that much. But when they get to college, they’re going to fail some time. That’s a thing that I can help them the most with.
Mike Krzyzewski

Mike Krzyzewski Quotations

I’ve tried to handle winning well, so that maybe we’ll win again, but I’ve also tried to handle failure well. If those serve as good examples for teachers and kids, then I hope that would be a contribution I have made to sport. Not just basketball, but to sport.
Mike Krzyzewski

If a team cannot perform with excellence at a moment’s notice, they probably will fail in the long run.
Mike Krzyzewski

Coach K’s Basketball Sayings

I hated to lose.
Mike Krzyzewski

I’m looking for players who make their teammates better. You do that with enthusiasm and passion.
Mike Krzyzewski

If you have talent with teamwork, you’ve got a chance to be a championship team.
Mike Krzyzewski

Imagination has a great deal to do with winning.
Mike Krzyzewski

In high school, in sport, I had a coach who told me I was much better than I thought I was, and would make me do more in a positive sense. He was the first person who taught me not to be afraid of failure.
Mike Krzyzewsk

On Hoops

The thing I loved the most – and still love the most about teaching – is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and see that individual or group exceed their limits.
Mike Krzyzewski

I always wanted to teach.
Mike Krzyzewski

The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.
Mike Krzyzewski

Whatever a leader does now sets up what he does later. And there’s always a later.
Mike Krzyzewski

Even though we want huge individual egos, our collective ego is unbelievable.
Mike Krzyzewski

Everybody wants to take responsibility when you win, but when you fail, all these fingers are pointing.
Mike Krzyzewski

When you win, sometimes it overshadows a poor performance.
Mike Krzyzewski

First of all, what happens is, when you’re good at something, you spend a lot of time with it. People identify you with that sport, so it becomes part of your identity.
Mike Krzyzewski

To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.
Mike Krzyzewski

I don’t look at myself as a basketball coach. I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball.
Mike Krzyzewski

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Sayings on the Game

Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on.
Mike Krzyzewski

With accomplishments comes confidence and with confidence comes belief. It has to be in that order.
Mike Krzyzewski

A leader’s responsibility to his team is paramount. It overshadows even his own personal feelings at any given time.
Mike Krzyzewski

Don’t worry about losing. Think about winning.
Mike Krzyzewski

Confidence shared is better than confidence only in yourself.
Mike Krzyzewski

People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel that they are doing something for the greater good.
Mike Krzyzewski

Courage gives a leader the ability to stand straight and not sway no matter which way the wind blows.
Mike Krzyzewski

When you sub, tell the player to give you three great minutes, and if you bust your butt, I’ll give you an extra minute.
Mike Krzyzewski

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