I’ve always taken a special interest in why some basketball coaches are able to achieve so much more than their peers.  How does a guy like Bob Hurley win 25 state championships from an underfunded school with only 235 students?

How did John Wooden coach his teams to 88 consecutive victories? How was Phil Jackson able to manage competing personalities and get superstar players to unite behind a common goal?

In my opinion, it goes beyond recruiting, practice preparation, player development, or in-game strategy.

The very best coaches in history all had a special talent for boosting the morale of their athletes and inspiring them to victory under the most challenging circumstances. As a tribute to these giants of the game, here are the top 10 “Lessons from the Legends” – inspirational quotes from the greatest coaches to every grace the hardwood.

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