The Best Pat Riley quotes

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Pat Riley, the former head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat basketball teams, is always coming up with new ways to motivate his players. He has had a long career as an NBA coach, going back to 1973 when he was hired by Jerry West while coaching for the San Diego Clippers. Pat did not have much success in his first two years there but in 1975 he became head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers which led them all the way to winning five consecutive championships from 1980-1985. In 1986 Pat left LA and took over as head coach of The New York Knicks before eventually moving on again to become Coach for Miami where he won two more championships in 2006 and 2012.

We are glad to present you the deepest words from Pat Riley.

Here are the strongest Playing, Player, Effort, Life, Team quotes from Pat Riley, and much more.


About Pat Riley

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March 20, 1945

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6 Ft 4 In

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205 Lb

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There is no such thing as life in–between. — Pat Riley

Teamwork requires that everyone’s efforts flow in a single direction. Feelings of significance happen when a team’s energy takes on a life of its own. — 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

The changes in your life aren’t always what you hoped for. But they usually help you grow. — Pat Riley

there is no such thing as life in between Pat Riley quote


Great effort springs naturally from great attitude. — Pat Riley

When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, its ready to climb. — Pat Riley

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

The true warrior understands and seizes that moment by giving an effort so intense and so intuitive that it could only be called one from the heart. — Pat Riley

Any team can be a miracle team. The catch is that you have got to go out and work for your miracles. Effort is what ultimately separates great teams from ordinary teams. — Pat Riley

great effort springs naturally from great attitude Pat Riley quote

Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better. — Pat Riley


Great players crave instruction on their weaknesses. — Pat Riley

You have to defeat a great players aura more than his game. — Pat Riley

He’s the greatest clutch player I’ve ever seen. The hell with Jerry West! — Pat Riley

Great players and great teams want to be driven. They want to be pushed to the edge. They don’t want to be cheated. Ordinary players and average teams want it to be easy — Pat Riley

great players crave instruction on their weaknesses Pat Riley quote

In every adversity, there is a seed of equivalent benefit. — Pat Riley


It’s what you get from games you lose that is extremely important. — Pat Riley

It’s a reality we have to understand. (O’Neal) has to be more diligent. We have to be more diligent protecting him. We need him in the game. — Pat Riley

Basketball is a game of conditioning and fatigue. That’s why I believe in practicing a team to train when it’s exhausted. — 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

it s what you get from games you lose that is extremely important Pat Riley quote


Commitment to the team–there is no such thing as in–between, you are either in our out. — Pat Riley

Complacency is the last hurdle standing between any team and its potential greatness. — 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

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Coaches who let a championship team back off from becoming a dynasty are cowards. — Pat Riley

In all the research you do as a coach, studying other coaches and championship–type situations, you find that all those teams combined talent with great defense. You’ve got to stop other teams to win. — Pat Riley

commitment to the team there is no such thing as in between you are either in our out Pat Riley quote

The most DIFFICULT thing for individuals to do when they become part of a team is to sacrifice, it is much EASIER to be selfish. — Pat Riley

Inspiring Phrases From Pat Riley

Your either in or out. There’s no in between. — Pat Riley

When a milestone is conquered, the subtle erosion called entitlement begins its consuming grind. The team regards its greatness as a trait and a right. Half hearted effort becomes habit and saps a champion. — Pat Riley

From nobody to upstart. From upstart to contender. From contender to winner. From winner to champion. From champion to Dynasty. — Pat Riley

There’s no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it. — Pat Riley

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Giving yourself permission to lose guarantees a loss. — Pat Riley

A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning. — Pat Riley

Shoulda, coulda, and woulda won’t get it done. — Pat Riley

Various Statements From Pat Riley

If you get tough mentally, you can get tough physically and overcome fatigue. — Pat Riley

Don’t let other people tell you what you want. — Pat Riley

if you get tough mentally you can get tough physically and overcome fatigue Pat Riley quote

You can never have enough talent. — 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

All of us have at least one great voice deep inside. — Pat Riley