As all of us with any involvement in sports knows, no two umpires or no two referees have the same strike zone or call the same kind of a basketball game
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.
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.
You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.
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.
If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.
Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.
I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.
Basketball is a team game. But that doesn't mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.
As long as you put on a jersey, no matter what kind of jersey it is, as long as you're supporting the game of basketball, I enjoy it.
I would tell players to relax and never think about what's at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you've lost your focus.
Fans never fall asleep at our games, because they're afraid they might get hit by a pass.
Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.
Basketball is a simple game. Your goal is penetration, get the ball close to the basket, and there are three ways to do that. Pass, dribble and offensive rebound.
I just love the game of basketball so much. The game! I don't need the 18,000 people screaming and all the peripheral things. To me, the most enjoyable part is the practice and preparation.
This is a team game and one man doesn't win and one man doesn't lose. In the end, the best team usually wins.
Basketball is a full court game, so every drill must be done full court.
It's what you get from games you lose that is extremely important.
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.
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