Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
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.
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character.
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.
I pulled the plug on it at a time that I thought was right for me to exit.
At age 31, in 1981, I was voted the best player in basketball, and the most valuable player in the league.
Right up until the time I retired at age 37, I felt like there were still things that I could do better.
When handling the ball, I always would look for daylight, wherever there was daylight.
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
I believe that whatever we have, regardless of a trade being done or not, I feel we have a shot. I've just got to believe that we're going to be all right. I've got to just play basketball.
Approach the game with no preset agendas and you'll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.
I like criticism. It makes you strong.
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.
I don't know how tall I am or how much I weigh. Because I don't want anybody to know my identity. I'm like a superhero. Call me Basketball Man.
Basketball is my passion, I love it. But my family and friends mean everything to me. That's what's important. I need my phone so I can keep in contact with them at all times.
You know, God gave me a gift to do other things besides play the game of basketball.
I treated it like every day was my last day with a basketball.
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.
All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.
I wanted to do two things when I was growing up, about your age. I wanted to play in the NBA, and I wanted to be a businessman after my basketball career was over, and that is what I am doing now.
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