There's a great quote by Julius Irving that went, 'Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them.'
You play with your soul as well as your body.
I played seven years without ever hitting the ball.
Some people say I have attitude - maybe I do...but I think you have to.
During my 18 years I came to bat almost 10,000 times. I struck out about 1,700 times and walked maybe 1,800 times. You figure a ballplayer will average about 500 at-bats a season. That means I played 7 years without ever hitting the ball.
When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro.
Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them.
You were born to be a player. You were meant to be here. This moment is yours.
The only way to prove that you're a good sport is to lose.
Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.
Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
The time when there is no one there to feel sorry for you or to cheer for you is when a player is made.
Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting.
You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special.
Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.
The five S's of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.
Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.
Show me a guy who's afraid to look bad, and I'll show you a guy you can beat every time.
There is no such thing as life in-between.
One man cannot make a team.
Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
I stare out the window and wait for spring.
Your biggest opponent isn't the other guy. It's human nature.
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