The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
It's not how big you are, it's how big you play.
The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.
Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.
A guy who gives you less than what he has to give is, one, telling you what he thinks of you, and two, telling you what he thinks of himself.
If you are afraid of failure, you don't deserve success.
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.
It is foolish to expect a young man to follow your advice and to ignore your example.
We try to stress the little things because little things lead to big things.
You always have to give 100%,because if you don't someone, somewhere will give 100% and they will beat you when you meet.
The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not.
To do the right thing at the right season is a great art.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.
Good basketball always starts with good defense!
It's what you get from games you lose that is extremely important.
Any American boy can be a basketball star if he grows up, up, up.
When I dunk, I put something on it. I want the ball to hit the floor before I do.
One man cannot make a team.
Not only is there more to life than basketball, there's a lot more to basketball than basketball.
Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath.
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.
Teams that play together beat those with superior players who play more as individuals.
Basketball doesn't build character it reveals it.
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