Being a consistent winner in the game of basketball or in life is largely dependent upon teamwork and not on the individual talents of any one person.
You must be able to work with those around you to achieve a common goal.
Now this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky. The wolf that should keep it should prosper, but the wolf that should break it must die. For the strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack.
The challenge of every team is to build a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another because the question is usually not how well each person performs, but how well they work together.
Remember the banana — when it left the bunch, it got skinned.
When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort–it is ready to climb.
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is a success.
We must all hang together, else we shall all hang separately.
If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team.
It’s not my job to look good. It’s my job to make other people look good.
Our goal is not to win. It’s to play together and play hard. Then, winning takes care of itself.
The best method of overcoming obstacles is the team method.
One finger can’t lift a pebble.
Quality is everyone’s responsibility.
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
The secret of winning football games is working more as a team, less as individuals. I play not my 11 best, but my best 11.
Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.
No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.
People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I’. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I’. They don’t think ‘I’. They think ‘we’; they think ‘team’. They understand their job is to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but “we” gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.
Many of us are more capable than some of us… but none of us is as capable as all of us!
The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.
I was taught that the name on the front of your jersey was a lot more important than the name on the back.
Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds.
In order to become a leading home run hitter, a batter must be surrounded by good hitters, otherwise, the pitchers will ‘pitch around’ him. Likewise, many successful people became that way from being on a good team.
It’s easy to figure out who isn’t a team player. They’ll constantly remind the coach just how good they are.
All the successful teams I’ve ever seen have three characteristics: They play unselfish, they play together, and they play hard.
Individuals don’t win. Teams do.
Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.
Hard work and togetherness. They go hand in hand. You need the hard work because it’s such a tough atmosphere … to win week in and week out. You need togetherness because you don’t always win, and you gotta hang tough together.
The greatest emphasis should be made from the very beginning on the importance of team play. A team that plays harmoniously will be stronger than a team composed of brilliant individual players who are each eager to do all the playing.
Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the ‘me’ for the ‘we’.
There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren’t willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.
The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for a common goal.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
Some people believe you win with your five best players, but I found out that you win with the five who fit together best.
Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.
Teamwork is really a form of trust. It’s what happens when you surrender the mistaken idea that you can go it alone and realize that you won’t achieve your individual goals without the support of your colleagues.
Teams that play together beat those with superior players who play more as individuals.
Basketball, more than any other sport, is a team game…about the thousands of small, unselfish acts, the sacrifices on the part of the players that result in team building.
Winning teams at the NBA level, the college level, and the high school level all play team basketball. Championship teams have five players on the same page at all times.
Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.
Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute.