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Mike Krzyzewski Quotes & Sayings
40 entries tagged including 5 subtopics.
Last updated Jul 2020
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With me and basketball, it became part of me.
When I went to high school, an all-boys' school, a Catholic school, I tried out for football, and I didn't make it. It was the first time, athletically, that I was knocked down.
When I was in sixth grade, I wanted to become a priest.
When I was growing up, there weren't any Little Leagues in the city. Parents worked all the time. They didn't have time to take their kids out to play baseball and football.
To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.
Throughout my life, my mom has been the person that I've always looked up to.
There are kids don't want to do something because they're afraid of looking stupid to their peers. There comes a time when they start protecting themselves, instead of extending. I want to make sure that they're always trying to extend themselves.
The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.
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.
The person who has inspired me my whole life is my Mom, because she taught me commitment. She sacrificed.
The other thing I knew I had was a high level of competitiveness.
The life expectancy of a team is about eight months. Then the next year, it's a whole new team.
That's what I do now: I lead and I teach. If we win basketball games from doing that, then that's great, but I lead and teach. Those are the two things I concentrate on.
That's another thing, we made up games. We didn't have equipment. When it snowed, we would play slow motion tackle football. We would play hockey, but we wouldn't skate. We just made things up. I loved doing that.
Playing sport was somewhat frivolous, but I liked it. I rebelled a little bit, and wouldn't go to music lessons and things like that, but I would go and play ball. My parents learned to love it because they saw how much I got out of it.
Parents can really help, but they can also really hinder the development of their youngsters.
Once you win a National Championship, how do you do that again? How do you get the passion to do that again? We won it again right away, the next year. A lot of it had to do with the fact that I didn't give myself an opportunity to enjoy the first one.
My parents didn't really understand too much about sport. At that time, we were in a Polish community in the inner city of Chicago, and I was the youngest of a bunch of cousins. Polish families are real big, with cousins and aunts and uncles.
My ambition in high school was to be a high school coach and teacher, and that's still what I do: teach.
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.
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