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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
I think we're going in the right direction.
Yeah, I'm excited about it, my teammates are telling me to look at the basket, so that's what I'm trying to do.
I have had some bad shooting games but that doesn't stop me from getting the ball to my teammates
Every team that I've gone to has had trouble winning games. I guess that's what I've been put on this earth to do, to fix it.
My biggest fear had always been getting hurt, and not being able to leave the game as a player on my own terms.
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.
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.
There are many really good teams in our conference this season. Miami, Indiana and Detroit will be our fiercest opponents this year. But we just have to focus on our game and be patient with the realistic hope that we'll be on top after all is said and done.
The business always gets in the way of basketball.
...and that's what separates the professionals from the taxpayers
Winning is the best deodorant.
I also play a little bit of Tiger Woods once in awhile. Get on the golf course there, and pretend that I'm beating him.
I think that realistically we can shoot for the title this year. If we stay healthy and be persistent throughout the season, I think we have good chance to go all the way.
If there wasn't any business and it was just strictly basketball, then there would be no issue, it would probably be done by now. But the team has to protect.
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.
Kobe enjoys that situation. Stepping up and making the big basket or being involved in a key play.
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