Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.
Practice habits were crucial to my development in basketball. I didn't play against the toughest competition in high school, but one reason I was able to do well in college was that I mastered the fundamentals. You've got to have them down before you can even think about playing.
There are many times when you are better off practicing than playing; but most people just don't understand that
It doesn't matter who scores the points, it's who can get the ball to the scorer.
I hate to lose more than I like to win.
Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It's being able to take it as well as dish it out. That's the only way you're going to get respect from the players.
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
First master the fundamentals.
I don't know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody - somewhere - was practicing more than me.
As far as playing, I didn't care who guarded me - red, yellow, black. I just didn't want a white guy guarding me, because it's disrespect to my game.
Don't let winning make you soft. Don't let losing make you quit. Don't let your teammates down in any situation.
The one thing that always bothered me when I played in the NBA was I really got irritated when they put a white guy on me.
I wasn't real quick, and I wasn't real strong. Some guys will just take off and it's like, whoa. So I beat them with my mind and my fundamentals.
When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro.
Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you're ready to play as tough as you're able to, you'd better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you're not giving it all you've got.
Michael Jordan is God disguised as a basketball player.
When it gets down to it, basketball is basketball.
When I go to the line I'm thinking 'All net.' When I don't think that, I'm likely to miss.
Coaches can talk and talk and talk about something, but if you get it on tape and show it to them, it is so much more effective.
You never make any of the shots you never take. 87% of the ones you do take, you'll miss too. I make 110% of my shots.
You can make all the excuses you want, but if you're not mentally tough and you're not prepared to play every night, you're not going to win.
My goal was just to try and be the best player on my high school team, and look where I am now. And that was still my goal as a young kid, just to try and be a little better than my brother was.
I really don't like talking about money. All I can say is that the Good Lord must have wanted me to have it.
Basketball has been my life and I worked at it so hard because I enjoyed it so much.
I like being by myself.
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