I feel like I just returned a 100-yard kickoff in the last two minutes of the Super Bowl to win it all, only to have my run called back by a flag on the play.
I'll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it's sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.
There's been a lot of talk of me being a one-man show but that's simply not the case. We win games when I score 40 points and we've won when I score 10.
I was probably born a scorer, but I was made a winner. Whatever works, whatever wins championships, wins games, that's what I do.
Winning takes precedence over all. There's no gray area. No almosts.
The motivation for me is just the game itself, just playing the game the right way and trying to win, compete every time I step out there on the floor. That's motivation enough for me to go out there and play well.
Everybody wants to talk about NBA players being selfish and arrogant and individuals. But what you saw today was a team bonding and facing adversity and coming out with a big win.
I don't just try to score. The challenge is elevating my teammates to be able to win a championship.
If they want to win right now, I'm all for it. That's all I said the whole time. If you want to wait five years, let me know. My legs aren't as young as they used to be.
People just don't understand how obsessed I am with winning.
I don't think a coach becomes the right coach until he wins a championship.
I focus on one thing and one thing only - that's trying to win as many championships as I can.
It never bothered me when people would say, 'You only win championships because you're playing with Shaq.' It bothered me when he said it.
In an individual sport, yes, you have to win titles. Baseball's different. But basketball, hockey? One person can control the tempo of a game, can completely alter the momentum of a series. There's a lot of great individual talent.
When you start training camp, you're building the tools necessary to win a championship. You have to have the patience.
I'm extremely willful to win, and I respond to challenges. Scoring titles and stuff like that... it sounds, well, I don't care how it sounds - to me, scoring comes easy. It's not a challenge to me to win the scoring title, because I know I can.
Dear Basketball, From the moment I started rolling my dad's tube socks and shooting imaginary game-winning shots ... I fell in love with you.
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