There are only two options regarding commitment; you’re either in or you’re out.
You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.
You can run a lot of plays when your X is twice as big as the other guys' O. It makes your X's and O's pretty good.
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.
What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.
When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro.
Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.
Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.
Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest. Until your Good is Better, and your Better is your Best.
Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.
You play with your soul as well as your body.
The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.
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.
Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.
You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go... Don't ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
These are my new shoes. They're good shoes. They won't make you rich like me, they won't make you rebound like me, they definitely won't make you handsome like me. They'll only make you have shoes like me. That's it.
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.
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.
I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
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