Riley speaks at Eglin Air Force Base in 2010
March 20, 1945 |
Rome, New York
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|High school||Linton (Schenectady, New York)|
|NBA draft||1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the San Diego Rockets|
|Position||Guard / Forward|
|1967â€“1970||San Diego Rockets|
|1970â€“1975||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1979â€“1981||Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)|
|1981â€“1990||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1991â€“1995||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
NBA champion (1972)
As assistant coach
NBA champion (1980)
As head coach:
5Ã— NBA champion (1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2006)
3Ã— NBA champion (2006, 2012, 2013)
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,906 (7.4 ppg)|
|Rebounds||855 (1.6 rpg)|
|Assists||913 (1.7 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as coach|
There's no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it.
A particular shot or way of moving the ball can be a player's personal signature, but efficiency of performance is what wins the game for the team.
If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges.
All I did from day-to-day is coach. That's what my job was, that's what my passion was, and the fact that now it's something I'm being considered for is just mind-blowing to me, that I would ever be in that kind of company.
Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change.
When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.
To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.
Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable.
There's always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.
Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team's mission.
There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.
People who create 20% of the results will begin believing they deserve 80% of the rewards.
Each Warrior wants to leave the mark of his will, his signature, on important acts he touches. This is not the voice of ego but of the human spirit, rising up and declaring that it has something to contribute to the solution of the hardest problems, no matter how vexing!
You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.
Public life is regarded as the crown of a career, and to young men it is the worthiest ambition. Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure.