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Jeff Van Gundy Quotes

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When you have the best player, you can do a lot of things. The best player can usually back it up, too.
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I’ve had two ownersJim Dolan and Les Alexander in Houston. Both were terrific. They wanted to win badly and gave you the resources to win.
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I think the beautiful part about Yao is that his main legacy won‘t be about the game. His legacy will be about helping people. His legacy will be taking on important world causes to better his world.
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The beauty of growing up in a coaching family, particularly one that isn’t at the very highest level, is that you get to be in the gym – that’s where you grow up.
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I’m not a positive guy.
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Goaltending was brought in because of Mikan and Chamberlain. So rules do change for specific players, in concert with a need to stay up to date on how coaches are taking advantage of the rules.
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Christmas Day is a big day for NBA basketball.
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Why is UCLA and Georgia Tech in China to play a basketball game? Missing all that school, and then force-feeding their fans the idea of ‘student-athletes.’
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I think greatness is always good for the NBA. Great players, great teams – it’s always good for the NBA.
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Phil Jackson was a brilliant basketball coach, not just because of the offense that he employed, but it was so many other things that went into it.
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As far as LeBron James, to me, he’s on his way to carving out the very best career that’s ever happened in the NBA.
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Everyone wants to focus on what Ben Simmons can’t do, which is shoot and try to rush him into being a range shooter. I think Simmons in Philadelphia has done a good job in focusing what he does great versus what he doesn’t do as well.
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The triangle itself is just an offense based on freedom of the ball to go to different places, everybody feeling involved. It’s a good thing.
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I don’t like comparing people or teams.
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Kobe Bryant is a terrific offensive rebounder.
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There are certain aspects that I miss of coaching. But you can’t just pick out the good parts. You’ve got to be all-in and understand there’s some negatives, too.
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Every team has leadership. The leadership is the best players. But there’s positive leadership, and there’s negative leadership.
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Chicken parm is hard to beat.
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Detroit Pistons basketball slogan: When the going gets tough, we fire the coach.
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It is a player’s league until you lose.
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The public Yao was the private Yao: To his core, there was an unmistakable peace to him.
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It’s hard to change a roster around. You’ve got to hit your draft picks right, you’ve gotta hit free agency right, and a team’s got to fit together.
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I always saidstrength in stars.’
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If you are going to call out your teammates, you have to call out yourself, too. You can’t just separate yourself from the rest, because if you are going to get 90 percent of the credit when you win, you have to be willing to take 90 percent of the blame when you lose.
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You would never find a coach in any sport more giving of his time than Coach Parcells to other New York coaches.
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There’s always been conflict, inherent conflict between players and coaches.
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When I’d watch myself coaching, I’d say, ‘Man, I look bad,’ but I never felt I didn’t have a sense of humor with the team. Maybe I was too over-the-top serious.
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I read somewhere that failure is an event, not a person, but I never feel that way. It’s who I am.
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When Jordan was averaging over 30 and shooting over 50 percent, he was doing it with less shooting on the floor for himself. He had less spacing to work with. He was going against defenses that were allowed a lot more liberties as far as physical contact, how hard they fouled, and all those things.
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Among the hardest-working players I’ve ever been associated, Yao stands at the very top of the list. Beyond that, though, here’s what truly separated him from everyone else: His ability to enjoy other people’s successes.
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Most elite big men are high maintenance.
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Sometimes you try to change, and you go backwards.
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To me, it doesn’t matter who’s out there: NBA basketball is great – if teams are putting out their best players and they’re competing to win.
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I love Joe Ingles. I think Joe Ingles is a tremendous glue player, terrific shooter, passer, defender.
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Losing has an unbelievably negative impact on me.
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Mark Fox is always criticized recruiting: he can’t keep the Georgia kids home. What that means – he’s not cheating and paying. That’s what it means.
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I want to control everything that goes into winning or losing.
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I never lost the desire to coach.
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I had a great job with the Knicks.
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For professional athletes, I always think about it in these terms: the most difficult diva of women‘s soccer would be the easiest NBA player ever.
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I think fans oftentimes get an inferior product on back-to-back games, and I think that has to be the number one thing that gets addressed for the fans and for the players – the elimination or the drastic reduction of back-to-back games.
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Are you playing for your teammates and coaches? That’s how it should be.
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Manu Ginobili – I like to watch him. I would pay to watch him play the game. He will try things that will drive a coach crazy, like a full-court bounce pass, but he has such a flair for the game. I love his energy and his spirit and his unpredictability.
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Whenever you are coaching, you are trying to get the most balanced team that you can: balance between defense, offense, and rebounding.
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The best player’s responsibility is to unite and inspire your teammates to play up to their full maximum ability, and that never occurs if you try to separate yourself as part of the problem.
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I don’t know about any others, but coaching basketball is the only thing I can do.
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All the fascination with numbers conspires to make you forget the beauty of the game sometimes.
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In one era, it’s hard enough to compare people. But comparing people of different eras… that’s next to impossible.
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I think Jeff Hornacek is a very, very good basketball coach and an outstanding person.
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