First master the fundamentals.
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
Basketball doesn't build character it reveals it.
Even when I'm old and grey, I won't be able to play it, but I'll still love the game.
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
I want to do for rebounds what Michael Jordan did for dunks.
I'm chasing perfection.
Young people need models, not critics.
I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.
I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream.
I can do something else besides stuff a ball through a hoop. My biggest resource is my mind.
I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshippers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena.
There is no 'i' in team but there is in win.
I never thought a role model should be negative.
Each group and each youngster is different. As a leader or coach, you get to know what they need.
Everybody wants to take responsibility when you win, but when you fail, all these fingers are pointing.
Even though we want huge individual egos, our collective ego is unbelievable.
I always won in my imagination. I always hit the game-winning shot, or I hit the free throw. Or if I missed, there was a lane violation, and I was given another one.
We hung out on the streets, played stickball, and did all of the things that other kids did.
We know that in order for us to turn this around, it doesn't matter how many coaches they bring in here, assistants, weight trainers, whoever, we're the ones that are going to have turn it around. And I think just took that responsibility on ourselves.
It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.
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