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All Quotes by author - J. B. Bickerstaff
" A lot of times, people think of selfish, and they think of offense, but you can be selfish on the defensive end of the floor, too. If you don't uphold your end of our schemes and your responsibilities within those schemes, then you're being just as selfish. "
" Any good defensive team has a strong anchor, because he cleans up mistakes. "
" As a coach, the more experience you have, the more you're around players, it helps so you see how guys learn, ways that are effective to reach different people. You see the aftermath of all the things that happened; you don't just see what happens at the game, you see what happens after the game, the followthrough, and those types of things. "
" Conflict resolution, all those things, are important. When you're in a group environment, you have to have those. If you don't, things fester. Have the conversation. Resolve it. Move forward. "
" During the regular season, you don't have the sort of time you do in the playoffs to prepare for people, so you've got to go to your strengths. "
" Every day, you learn something. That's the same as assistant coach and the same as a head coach. You should continue to learn. You watch so much basketball, you should see something somewhere from somebody different all the time. "
" Grinding is a mindset and a willingness and commitment to work at it. "
" If you look at the teams that mix and match their starting lineup a great deal, that sort of inconsistency frequently leads to inconsistency in performance. "
" I hope I continue to learn. If I don't, then I know everything. "
" I'm a big believer in communication. "
" I'm always for constructive conversation, meaningful conversation, not just words, but conversation. "
" It's always fun when you get to go somewhere new and you get to meet new people and get new experiences. "
" It's not the way you want to get a job, to see someone you admire and look up to and learned so much from get fired. "
" I watch a ton of movies. Going way back, I like 'The Godfather.' 'The Matrix' was one of my favorites - the first one; they got a little carried away after the first one. Those are two that stand out. "
" Let's face it, first-time assistant coaches normally don't walk into jobs with two perennial All-Stars on a team that just got bounced in the Western finals. Normally, they get a job in the middle of a year, playing for lottery balls. "
" My brother and I used to laugh and say, 'Normal kids went to day care, and we went to the gym.' "
" My dad always took over teams, except for Washington, that were rebuilding, and you hear the taunting, the jokes, negative, awful things about the person you love. That hardens you at a young age. "
" No matter what your job is, you know that you need to have a routine, that you need to be disciplined, you need to work. "
" Nothing is ever perfect in the NBA. "
" Small ball, spacing, shooting 3s, is something that everybody's trying to do. "
" Some guys, when they play with other elite players, they end up being too unselfish; or guys who are used to having the ball in their hands all the time, now they're not as aggressive or as instinctive because they're thinking too much out there. "
" Through the regular season, if you get really good at what you do, teams will have a hard time adjusting to you. "
" Whenever someone great passes, all of us have a loss. "
" When you want to win, and you want to go to work every day, you want to work with high character people; you want to work with classy people. "
" You don't win without talent, but your talent has to have purpose. "
" You go with what you got. That's the thing about having a system, then you plug guys into your system. "
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