Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them.
The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.
I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.
If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.
One of the most predictable things in life is there will be change. You are better off if you can have a say in the change. But you are ignorant or naive if you don't think there will be change, whether you want it to or not.
I keep both eyes on my man. The basket hasn't moved on me yet.
Attitude is altitude.
To be an innovator, you can't be worried about making mistakes.
To be great we need to win games we aren't supposed to win.
Goals determine what you're going to be.
I demand more from myself than anybody could ever expect.
I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence.
I wanted to undertake the challenge of daring to be great.
I liked the game, I enjoyed the game, and the game fed me enough, and gave me enough rewards to reinforce that this is something that I should spend time doing, and that I could possibly make a priority in my life, versus other sports.
When I get a chance to power jump off both legs, I can lean, twist, change directions and decide whether to dunk the ball or pass it to an open man. In other words, I may be committed to the air, but I still have some control over it.
It's better to stay too long than to leave too soon.
Goals determine what you are going to be
I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals.
If you do things with a certain type of result and cause a certain type of reaction or effect, then you increase your market value. It's very much a competition for the entertainment dollar, and that's never been more clearly evident than in today's NBA game.
The ones who become stars or superstars are the ones who have a head on their shoulders and know how to use it.
You can feel the vibes, feel the people pulling for you.
Right up until the time I retired at age 37, I felt like there were still things that I could do better.
My mom is one of 14 children. She's a great lady. She's a Taurus. Has been a profound influence in my life, still is to this day. Born in meager surroundings in rural South Carolina.
That was just my own personal program: I didn't want to get too high over the good moments because I didn't want to be saddened and depressed when things didn't go as I had planned.
The first professional game that I ever played remains, to me, the most exciting moment of my professional career.
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