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"I'll sum it up that talent wins. When you have the talent to coach, it makes all the difference in the world. I've coached some of the greatest talent to ever play the game. That's the real fact of the matter. To be able to generate a momentum, so it wasn't just a one trick and it was over in one championship, has a lot to do with the staff that joined me. Tex Winter. Johnny Bach. Jim Cleamons. Jimmy Rodgers. Frank Hamblen. Brian Shaw. Kurt Rambis. Chuck Person. Bill Cartwright was there for a year, [John] Paxson in Chicago. So there was a combination of people that came into the staff that were dedicated to what we were doing and were interested in the execution. Tex Winter was a stalwart, a companion of mine as a coach for 15 years of these 20, so that was real good teamwork that we had together. It was a lot of fun and the players caught on and got with it.
The strengths that I have are probably about community and about groups, about chemistry on a team. The first time I interviewed for a job as an NBA coach, I was rejected. It was because I didn't know X's and O's. I didn't take Basketball 101 in college, I took other things. But that wasn't always my strength, figuring out how to make the last second play work, or whatever. I felt execution was important. A lot of times, I probably failed at some the strategy things as a coach. There were people that were good at it that were on my staff."