Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.
If you make every game a life and death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot.
There is a lot of pressure put on me, but I don't put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel if I play my game, it will take care of itself.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.
Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.
I've never lost a game I just ran out of time.
Happiness begins where selfishness ends.
Shot fakes and ball fakes work. No one uses more than Wisconsin. It's amazing how many people don't use them
If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit.Never quit!!!
Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.
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.
Not a game, not a game... practice.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
Each group and each youngster is different. As a leader or coach, you get to know what they need.
The NBA's chosen ones think I'm setting a bad example? I think they need to look around and stop taking themselves so seriously.
The NBA believes if you play for a team and get paid by a team, you're the property of that team for 24 hours a day.
Wherever there's money, there's drugs, so to say drugs don't exist in the NBA would be stupid.
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.
This is where young players today want to land. They want to be NBA players because of the money.
David Stern should get with the mothers of the NBA and let the moms decide what the dress code should be. I asked my mother if I could wear a chain, and she told me yeah. So I do stuff that my parents allow me to do.
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.
Everyone wants to do what the great ones do; but very few are willing to do what they did to become great
A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That's how I want you to play.
Winning teams at the NBA level, the college level, and the high school level all play team basketball. Championship teams have five players on the same page at all times.
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