There is no "I" in team but there is in win.
I realize im black, but id like to be viewed as a person, and that is everybodys wish.
You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.
One day, you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. Don't laugh. Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.
Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
It's a heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody. My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can and provide entertainment for everyone who wanted to watch basketball. Obviously, people may not agree with that; again, I can't live with what everyone's impression of what I should or what I shouldn't do.
We all fly. Once you leave the ground, you fly. Some people fly longer than others.
My challenge when I came back was to face the young talent, dissect their games, and show them maybe that they needed to learn more about the game than just the money aspect.
I've never lost a game I just ran out of time.
I've had tendinitis since college.
You always have to focus in life on what you want to achieve.
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.
I realized that if I was going to achieve anything in life I had to be aggressive. I had to get out there and go for it... I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it's an illusion to me.
Winners don't just learn the fundamentals, they master them. You have to monitor your fundamentals constantly because the only thing that changes will be your attention to them.
Anything can happen if you are willing to put in the work and remain open to the possibility. Dreams are realized by effort, determination, passion and staying connected to that sense of who you are.
Its better to shoot and miss, then to let time run out and wonder what if
If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it.
It doesn't matter if you fall down, it's whether you get back up.
Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.
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.
The reason I became such a successful athlete was my mind was saying that no matter who you put up against me, I am better, I am the best.
I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me . . . Failure always made me try harder next time.
You don't show up on game day and expect to be great. Greatness happens in practice. You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
Another day, another opportunity to prove everyone who doubts you wrong.
Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.
I make shoes for white suburban kids, not the poor black kids. That would be like opening a restaurant for people without stomachs.
So, the next time you're out working on your game and they pass you the rock, don't just take it to the hole. Take it to the next level. Don't just bend rims. Bend expectations. Let them see you and feel you and by the very virtue of your love, the truth in your game, they will hear you. Let your game speak.
There are no shortcuts. I approached practices the same way I approached games. You can't turn it on and off like a faucet. I couldn't dog it during practice and then, when I needed that extra push late in the game, expect it to be there. Very few people get anywhere by taking shortcuts.
The players today reflect how much the game has evolved and changed both in style and culture. The game now has a wider appeal to a larger market.
The best come from the worst
Life is a sport...drink it up.
A leader can't make excuses. There has to be quality in everything you do. Off the court, on the court, in the classroom.
If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.
The best evaluation I can make of a player is to look in his eyes and see how scared they are.
Being afraid on the court, means you're not confident of your skills
My best skill was that I was coachable. I was a sponge and aggressive to learn.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
There is no 'i' in team but there is in win.
Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.