A lot of late nights in the gym, a lot of early mornings, especially when your friends are going out, you're going to the gym, those are the sacrifices that you have to make if you want to be an NBA basketball player.
Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable
We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees.
I'm a football guy at heart; maybe I should have played football for a living instead, because I play a lot of football videogames, I'm really into them.
Michael, if you can't pass, you can't play. - Coach Dean Smith to Michael Jordan in his freshman year We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees.
I try to anticipate exactly where my teammates are going to be. Sometimes I look good. Sometimes I look bad.
My job is not to scream and yell, my job is to cheer you and be positive. If you miss four shots, I'm still going to pass to you.
Passing is contagious. There's nothing better than making the pass that gives someone an easy hoop.
I don't care what sport you're talking about. What you see with great franchises is structure - a structure that doesn't just take you from year to year, but day to day.
I think we're going in the right direction.
I'm a high-risk taker on the court in the sense of trying to squeeze things in there.
Yeah, I play a lot of their games. Going way back to Bulls vs. Lakers to the later Live stuff, I go at it quite a bit. More than anything tough, I play Madden.
There's always room for improvement. We have a nucleus that's pretty good. You want players that will help.
I came in the league as not a shooter, not a scorer. My game was to play defense and make my teammates better. The most important stat to me was that left column - winning. Nothing else matters.
Hard work does pay, and you just have to continue to work, and you got two guys, when you're talking about Gary and myself, we have a God-given talent, but we worked at it and we're happy to be where we are today.
Kobe enjoys that situation. Stepping up and making the big basket or being involved in a key play.
Good teams beat you with speed. Great teams beat you with spacing and timing.
I've got to play free agency out, and I've got to look at all of my options.
I'm a big fan of the game. Seeing these young guys play at the level that they are, I just wish I was 22, 23 years old so I can handle the game the way they do.
I love the competition no matter at what age.
Growing up, Magic Johnson was my idol. He was a good example. He could always pass the ball extremely well and get his teammates involved.
I've learned a lot at home and been able to take what I've learned at home to the court.
Oh, I think, watching Magic, him being one of my... I'm one of his biggest fans, and just trying to emulate what he did, going out on the playground, and also playing with older guys.
When I was a little kid I used to play with guys twice my age, so, I was the last one picked, so if I picked I knew that I had to get the ball to the scorer if I wanted to stay on the court, so that was pretty much my job.
...and that's what separates the professionals from the taxpayers
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