My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
I think someone should explain to the child that it's OK to make mistakes. That's how we learn. When we compete, we make mistakes.
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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.
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.
I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don't isolate.
The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.
I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.
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.
To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.
I've tried to handle winning well, so that maybe we'll win again, but I've also tried to handle failure well. If those serve as good examples for teachers and kids, then I hope that would be a contribution I have made to sport. Not just basketball, but to sport.
How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? And I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it.
You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.
Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.
It is most difficult, in my mind, to separate any success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion.
I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.
When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro.
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