“I once heard that Paul Seymour said as much as winning an NBA Championship, he’d like to see the Celtics lose a game after Auerbach brought out the cigar so he could go up to Arnold and stuff the cigar in his face.”

--Celtics point guard Bob Cousy

“The taste of defeat has a richness of experience all its own.”
--Bill Bradley

“I have one thing to say to those non-believers. … Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion.”
--Houston head coach Rudy Tomjanovich, after the Rockets won the 1995 NBA Finals

“These guys have been criticized the last few years for not getting to where we’re going, but I’ve always said that the most important thing in sports is to keep trying. Let this be an example of what it means to say it’s never over.”
--Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan after his team defeated the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals to advance to the 1997 NBA Finals

"We can't win at home. We can't win on the road. As general manager,
I just can't figure out where else to play."

--Orlando Magic general manager Pat Williams, on his team's 7-27 record in 1992-93