I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
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 can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.
The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.
My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’
If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you.
Limits, like fear, is often an illusion.
I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.
I’ve never been afraid to fail.
I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent.
You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.
Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.
I never thought a role model should be negative.
I will not quit this game because of what the media has done to me.
I think the players win the championship, and the organization has something to do with it, don’t get me wrong. But don’t try to put the organization above the players.
My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.
If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit. Never quit!!!
Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.
To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.
The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether its proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.
The key to success is failure.
The best come from the worst.
If I had been playing for money I would have complained a long time ago that I was underpaid.
“If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say that I was afraid to try.”
“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.”
Success isn’t something you chase. It is something you have to put forth the effort for constantly; then maybe it’ll come when you least expect it.
The good part about being famous is being able to help people.