Friday, September 7, 2012


"The minute you get away from fundamentals, the bottom can fall out.  Fundamentals were the most crucial part of my game in the NBA. Everything I did, everything I achieved, can be traced back to the way I approached the fundamentals and how I applied them to my abilities." -Michael Jordan

"When you have been through a long season of basketball, you can find yourself getting caught up in the complexities of what you are doing and forget about the fundamentals. It is important to remind yourself and your team of the essential building blocks of the game and to ensure that you continue to practice and improve on these. These building blocks are like the soil from which your skills grow. Practice will help keep that soil fertile.” - Mike Krzyzewski
“Establishing the fundamentals keeps practices shorter because they can be more concentrated.” –John Wooden

“There are some fundamentals that have to be adhered to and mastered in any business. Some people grasp those fundamentals, and teach them or learn them, and others don't. And those who don't are never as successful as those who do.” –Bob Knight

"Learning is an incremental process. No matter what the subject, you must first learn the fundamentals, putting in long hours to master the basics. You have to be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide before you can move on to quantum physics. An art student doesn’t sit down behind the canvas on the first day of class and say, “Show me how Rembrandt did it,” and a first-year writing student can’t expect to pen a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel in one sitting. Only after you’ve mastered the fundamentals can you take the next step, and the next, and the next, progressing until you have reached your goal. All talented individuals develop their talents over long periods of time, and I was no different." –Lou Holtz

“To help turn fundamentals into habits requires intensive, intelligent, and repetitive action.” - Mike Krzyzewski

“I constantly remind myself of the most basic formula of teaching: you hear, you forget; you see, you remember; you do, you understand. And when you truly understand, that is when the basics become habitual." - Mike Krzyzewski

"Fundamentals win it. Football is two things; it’s blocking and tackling. I don’t care about formations or new defenses or tricks on defense. If you block and tackle better than the team you’re playing, you’ll win." -Vince Lombardi

“Fundamentals were the most crucial part of my game in the NBA. Everything I did, everything I achieved, can be traced back to the way I approached the fundamentals and how I applied them to my abilities.” –Michael Jordan
“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying fundamentals.” –Jim Rohn

"The success of basketball teams normally depends upon their mastery of fundamentals of play. While the coach associates sound fundamentals with team success, he realizes that a sound and definite philosophy is synonymous with good coaching. A coach's philosophy is the foundation upon which he predicates his success." –Pete Newell

“There are no new fundamentals. You’ve got to be a little suspicious of someone who says, “I’ve got a new fundamental.” That’s like someone inviting you to tour a factory where they are manufacturing antiques.” –Jim Rohn

“They really are the basic building blocks or principles that make everything work. I don’t care what you’re doing or what you’re trying to accomplish; you can’t skip fundamentals if you want to be the best.” –Michael Jordan

“You have to monitor your fundamentals constantly because the only thing that changes will be your attention to them. The fundamentals will never change.” –Michael Jordan

“Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” –Michael Jordan