Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.
I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying.
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character.
If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
Chance favors those in motion.
I want to do for rebounds what Michael Jordan did for dunks.
To be a team, you must be a family.
You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.
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.
Everyting negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.
When it's played the way is supposed to be played, basketball happens in the air; flying, floating, elevated above the floor, levitating the way oppressed peoples of this earth imagine themselves in their dreams.
Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.
It's what you learn after you know it all that counts.
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.
You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.
Young people need models, not critics.
These young guys are playing checkers. I'm out there playing chess.
I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.
Jackie Robinson, as an athlete and as someone who was trying to make a stand for equality, he was exemplary.
Every night on the court I give my all, and if I'm not giving 100 percent, I criticize myself.
You have to be able to accept failure to get better.
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