Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, April 1, 2017 – James Naismith

 

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“There were 18 in the class. I selected two captains and had them choose sides. I placed the men on the floor. There were three forwards, three centers and three backs on each team. I chose two of the center men to jump, then threw the ball between them. It was the start of the first basketball game and the finish of trouble with that class.”

And

“Basketball is a pure invention.”

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“I want to leave the world a better place for me having been here.”

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“The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play ‘Drop the Handkerchief.’

And

“You can’t coach basketball, you just play it.”

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“Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.”

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“I am sure that no man can derive more pleasure from money or power than I do from seeing a pair of basketball goals in some out of the way place.”

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“Basketball is a team game demanding a high degree of accuracy, judgment, individual skill, initiative, self-control and the spirit of cooperation. It demands that each player be skilled in all phases of the game, thus developing allround rather than highly specialized ability. Since the object of the game is to have the players of one team the ball into their own basket and to prevent the opponents from putting it in the other basket, it is frequently necessary for one player to pass the ball to another in order to keep possession of it until a favorable opportunity to make a goal occurs.”

Wikipedia: James Naismith

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