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Pat Riley

Riley speaks at Eglin Air Force Base in 2010
Personal information
Born (1945-03-20) March 20, 1945 (age 71)
Rome, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Linton (Schenectady, New York)
College Kentucky (1964–1967)
NBA draft 1967 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the San Diego Rockets
Playing career 1967–1976
Position Guard / Forward
Number 42, 12
Coaching career 1979–2008
Career history
As player:
1967–1970 San Diego Rockets
1970–1975 Los Angeles Lakers
1975–1976 Phoenix Suns
As coach:
1979–1981 Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)
1981–1990 Los Angeles Lakers
1991–1995 New York Knicks
Miami Heat
Career highlights and awards
As player:

NBA champion (1972)
First-team All-American – USBWA (1966)
Third-team All-American – AP, UPI (1966)
SEC Player of the Year – AP (1966)
No. 42 retired by Kentucky

As assistant coach

NBA champion (1980)

As head coach:

5× NBA champion (1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2006)
3× NBA Coach of the Year (1990, 1993, 1997)
9× NBA All-Star Game head coach (1982, 1983, 1985–1990, 1993)
Top 10 Coaches in NBA History

As executive:

3× NBA champion (2006, 2012, 2013)
NBA Executive of the Year (2011)

Career NBA statistics
Points 3,906 (7.4 ppg)
Rebounds 855 (1.6 rpg)
Assists 913 (1.7 apg)
Stats at
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.
Pat Riley
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.
Pat Riley
Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.
You can never have enough talent.
Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss.
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.
Pat Riley
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.
Pat Riley
Whatever it takes to win.
You have to defeat a great players aura more than his game.
Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change.
Pat Riley
When a great team loses through complacency, it will constantly search for new and more intricate explanations to explain away defeat.
Pat Riley
Don't let other people tell you what you want.
To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.
Pat Riley
Discipline is not a nasty word.
Being a part of success is more important than being personally indispensable.
Pat Riley
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.
Pat Riley
Management must speak with one voice. When it doesn't management itself becomes a peripheral opponent to the team's mission.
Pat Riley
A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.
The Ten Commandments were not a suggestion.
There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.
Pat Riley
People who create 20% of the results will begin believing they deserve 80% of the rewards.
Pat Riley
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!
Pat Riley
Look for your choices, pick the best one, then go with it.
Great effort springs naturally from great attitude.
You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.
Pat Riley
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.
Pat Riley