Kevin Durant Quotes

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I just loved being in the gym. It was tough at times. Sometimes I wanted to quit, but I’m glad I stuck with it.

-Kevin Durant

With everything I do, I just try to be myself.

-Kevin Durant

I learned how to pass when I was real young. That’s one thing I always knew how to do was find the open man.

-Kevin Durant

I like something simple and traditional, like dinner and a movie. The best way to get to know someone is to have a conversation over dinner. And steak houses have a nice atmosphere – the lights are dim, and they usually have a band playing.

-Kevin Durant

You hear all these stories about, ‘There’s one in a million guys that make it to the NBA and stay there.’ To see people cheering for me and when they say my name, it’s just crazy. It’s still crazy to me.

-Kevin Durant

I’m busy working on every aspect of my game – defense, shooting, rebounding – but I really want to become a better overall team player. Help my teammates become better players out on the court in order to win more ball games.

-Kevin Durant

I’m not a guy that’s going to brag or feel like I’m better than the group.

-Kevin Durant

My acting coach I’ve got here, Richard Lawson, he’s been doing good, just telling me to calm down sometimes and just be me.

-Kevin Durant

When people are used to you doing something, they want you to stay in that lane.

-Kevin Durant

 

 

My time is now.

-Kevin Durant

I’ve heard a few times, in three or four years, this league is going to be yours. I don’t like that. Because I think I’m established now.

-Kevin Durant

Everything has been such a whirlwind ever since I stepped foot in the league and everything has been like a dream, so I’m just blessed to be in this position.

-Kevin Durant

I can score the basketball, but I think I can pass pretty well or I can make the correct pass. I’m not the type of guy who’s just going to throw the ball inbounds to a guy who’s wide open. I can make the right pass.

-Kevin Durant

People always think women meet us in the hotel lobby, but it’s the opposite. The majority of the time, you go out to eat with your teammates, then rest for the next day’s game. It’s not a vacation – most guys view the road as a business trip.

-Kevin Durant

You know, I don’t want to stand out too much.

-Kevin Durant

I feel good doing it. It’s not like guys are stripping me at half-court or I’m just losing the ball dribbling. I think I’m handling the ball pretty well, just trying to make good passes, man.

-Kevin Durant

I was just a big fan of tattoos always growing up, and I wanted something cool that symbolizes what I’ve been through in my life, and everything on my chest and my back is like a collage.

-Kevin Durant

The clothes are not making me… If I like it, that’s all that matters…It’s not about the clothes. It’s about how I am as a person and how confident I am.

-Kevin Durant

People always think women meet us in the hotel lobby, but it’s the opposite. The majority of the time, you go out to eat with your teammates, then rest for the next day’s game. It’s not a vacation – most guys view the road as a business trip.

-Kevin Durant

 

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Michael Jordan Quotes

You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.

-Michael Jordan

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.’

-Michael Jordan

My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.

-Michael Jordan

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.

-Michael Jordan

The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I’ve always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It’s been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.

-Michael Jordan

If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But 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.

-Michael Jordan

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.

-Michael Jordan

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.

-Michael Jordan

In college I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete. I’ve been given the chance to meet all kinds of people, to travel and expand my financial capabilities, to get ideas and learn about life, to create a world apart from basketball.

-Michael Jordan

In any investment, you expect to have fun and make money.

-Michael Jordan

For a competitive junkie like me, golf is a great solution because it smacks you in the face every time you think you have accomplished something. That to me has taken over a lot of the energy and competitiveness for basketball.

-Michael Jordan

How many times have your parents told you not to do things, and the next thing you know, you go do it? And you realized you shouldn’t have done it.

-Michael Jordan

I won’t have any competitive instincts in any sports, other than golf. I can’t see being competitive in sports any more.

-Michael Jordan

When I was young, I had to learn the fundamentals of basketball. You can have all the physical ability in the world, but you still have to know the fundamentals.

-Michael Jordan

I realize that I’m black, but I like to be viewed as a person, and this is everybody’s wish.

-Michael Jordan

 

 

It’s hard to say if the NBA is hurt by the influx of younger players, but it’s definitely impacted the league.

-Michael Jordan

The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.

-Michael Jordan

I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.

-Michael Jordan

As athletes, we’re used to reacting quickly. Here, it’s ‘come, stop, come, stop.’ There’s a lot of downtime. That’s the toughest part of the day.

-Michael Jordan

I never thought a role model should be negative.

-Michael Jordan

Winning isn’t always championships.

-Michael Jordan

I’d like to be settled into somewhat of a normal life. Somewhat. I know it’s never going to be completely normal.

-Michael Jordan

It’s absolutely wrong that I don’t want guys to challenge me. And the people who say that aren’t in the room.

-Michael Jordan

 

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Wilt Chamberlain Quotes

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They were willing to do anything to stop me.

-Wilt Chamberlain

They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds. 

-Wilt Chamberlain

You must understand as a kid of color in those days, the Harlem Globetrotters were like being movie stars.

-Wilt Chamberlain

This is a team game and one man doesn’t win and one man doesn’t lose. In the end, the best team usually wins.

-Wilt Chamberlain

I get constant reminders from fans who equate that game and my career as one and the same.

-Wilt Chamberlain

The man who won’t loan money isn’t going to have many friends – or need them. 

-Wilt Chamberlain

If you have ability in a certain area, why not capitalize on it and improve it and use it?

-Wilt Chamberlain

People say my ego is grand. I think it’s in proportion to me. 

-Wilt Chamberlain

If you have ability in a certain area, why not capitalize on it and improve it and use it?

-Wilt Chamberlain
Everything is habit forming, so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing.

-Wilt Chamberlain 

When you go out there and do the things you’re supposed to do, people view you as selfish.

-Wilt Chamberlain

 

 

Scoring 100 points is a lot, but… I maybe could have scored 140 if they had played straight-up basketball.

-Wilt Chamberlain

They were so clever finding ways to get me the ball. They had to do more than just give up open shots. They had to avoid fouls and pass me the ball in traffic.

-Wilt Chamberlain

Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath.

-Wilt Chamberlain

I couldn’t have come close without my teammates’ help because the Knicks didn’t want me to make 100.

-Wilt Chamberlain

With all of you men out there who think that having a thousand different ladies is pretty cool, I have learned in my life I’ve found out that having one woman a thousand different times is much more satisfying.

-Wilt Chamberlain

It just wasn’t right the way they were behind by 25 points and then they’re told to hold the ball.

-Wilt Chamberlain
I believe that good things come to those who work.

-Wilt Chamberlain

 

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Tim Duncan Quotes

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I’m attacking the basket more. Because I’m more comfortable on the line, that’s an area I want to get to.

– Tim Duncan

I’m not going anywhere. You can print that wherever you want to. I’m here and I’m a Spur for life.

– Tim Duncan

The time when there is no one there to feel sorry for you or to cheer for you is when a player is made.

– Tim Duncan

I had great friends, support and teaching at Wake Forest.

– Tim Duncan

I don’t try to change myself to impress anybody. I’m just who I am.

– Tim Duncan

I’m not serious most of the time.

– Tim Duncan

I know I’m the guy others will lean on.

– Tim Duncan

I’m not better when I force shots. I’m going to take them as they come. They are really sagging in there, trying to take me out of the game. It’s my job to find guys. I want to be aggressive and take my shots, but I can’t force them.

– Tim Duncan

If we win, I’m happy. The rest of it is just stuff.

– Tim Duncan

At this point, if I were to psychoanalyze myself, I’d have to say I am a clown, cleverly disguised as a regular person.

– Tim Duncan

I’m just going to play whatever game is in front of me.

– Tim Duncan

As I hope it doesn’t come to the point where I need to take a day off. I feel pretty good right now and I’m not resting or saving for any other game.

– Tim Duncan

They say I have no emotions, but I’m excited even if you can’t see it.

– Tim Duncan

 

 

When our assists lead to baskets, that’s us playing our best, and we begin knocking down shots.

– Tim Duncan

I’m still learning. Hopefully I can keep getting better, and not stop where I am now.

– Tim Duncan

I’m surrounded by nothing but great people. I’ve been blessed with that, so really, I’ve got no choice but to be an all-around good person.

– Tim Duncan

I’ve never gotten too high or too low. It only messes you up.

– Tim Duncan

I’m an idiot.

– Tim Duncan

In all seriousness, it really should be difficult for me to be too strange. After all, a great family raised me.

– Tim Duncan

 

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Kobe Bryant Quotes

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My role is to make sure we’re moving in the right direction, getting points, rebounds, steals, assists and providing leadership.

-Kobe Bryant

I don’t want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.

-Kobe Bryant

I’m chasing perfection.

-Kobe Bryant

It’s disgusting, but my father taught me when your mouth gets dry, just suck the sweat out of your own jersey. There’s no bravado to any of it; it’s just a disgusting little trick.

-Kobe Bryant

If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.

-Kobe Bryant

I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on the bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.

-Kobe Bryant

I’m focused on the task that lies ahead for us.

-Kobe Bryant

The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.

-Kobe Bryant

People just don’t understand how obsessed I am with winning.

-Kobe Bryant

The important thing is that your teammates have to know your pulling for them and you really want them to be successful.

-Kobe Bryant

I don’t have to hear that criticism, that idiotic criticism anymore.

-Kobe Bryant

I’m reflective only in the sense that I learn to move forward. I reflect with purpose.

-Kobe Bryant

Everybody wants to talk about NBA players being selfish and arrogant and individuals. But what you saw today was a team bonding and facing adversity and coming out with a big win.

-Kobe Bryant

The only thing I’m afraid of is bees. I don’t like bees. I’m allergic to them.

-Kobe Bryant

If they want to win right now, I’m all for it. That’s all I said the whole time. If you want to wait five years, let me know. My legs aren’t as young as they used to be.

-Kobe Bryant

I focus on one thing and one thing only- that’s trying to win as many championships as I can.

-Kobe Bryant

 

 

As far as carrying the torch for the years to come, I don’t know. I just want to be the best basketball player I can be.

-Kobe Bryant

Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts.

-Kobe Bryant

Everything negative- pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.

-Kobe Bryant

I’m here. I’m not going anywhere. No matter what the injury- unless it’s completely debilitating- I’m going to be the same player I’ve always been. I’ll figure it out. I’ll make some tweaks, some changes, but I’m still coming.

-Kobe Bryant

Sometimes I do wonder what college would have been like. But I made my decision.

-Kobe Bryant

These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out here playing chess.

-Kobe Bryant

I draw from the crowd a lot.

-Kobe Bryant

Christmas morning, I’m going to open presents with my kids. I’m going to take pictures of them opening presents. Then I’m going to come to the Staples Center and get ready to work.

-Kobe Bryant

You have to be able to separate business from the love of the game. There were a lot of decisions made business-wise that I wasn’t happy with, and I took a lot of blame over the years. But you have to be able to separate that from the love you have for the game.

-Kobe Bryant

 

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Lebron James Quotes

I’m going to use all my tools, my God-given ability, and make the best life I can with it.

-Lebron James

I don’t want to be Kobe, I want to be Lebron.

-Lebron James

I treated it like every day was my last day with a basketball.

-Lebron James

You have to be able to accept failure to get better.

-Lebron James

You can’t be afraid to fail. It’s the only way you succeed – you’re not gonna succeed all the time, and I know that.

-Lebron James

My dream has become a reality now, and it’s the best feeling I’ve ever had.

-Lebron James

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.

-Lebron James

I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.

-Lebron James

I hate letting my teammates down. I know I’m not going to make every shot. Sometimes I try to make the right play, and if it results in a loss, I feel awful. I don’t feel awful because I have to answer questions about it. I feel awful in that locker room because I could have done something more to help my teammates win.

-Lebron James

They continue to criticize me for outside shooting, but I continue to make outside shots.

-Lebron James

Every night on the court I give my all, and if I’m not giving 100 percent, I criticize myself.

-Lebron James

You can’t let nobody run your train.

-Lebron James

I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world. It’s that simple.

-Lebron James

My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.

-Lebron James

 

 

I like criticism. It makes you strong.

-Lebron James

It’s hard for me to congradulate somebody after you lose to them, I’m a winner. It’s not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you’re not going to congratulate them- I’m a competitor. That’s what I do. It doesn’t make sense for me to go over and shake somebody’s hand.

-Lebron James

Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe. How committed are you to winning? How committed are you to being a good friend?

-Lebron James

No place is better than Akron.

-Lebron James

To being trustworthy? To being successful? How committed are you to being a good father, a good teammate, a good role model? There’s that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not?

-Lebron James

You become a champion as a team. I understand that. I know the history of the game.

-Lebron James

I always say, decisions I make, I live with them. There’s always ways you can correct them or ways you can do them better. At the end of the day, I live with them.

-Lebron James

I’m like a superhero, call me Basketball Man.

-Lebron James

 

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Larry Bird Quotes

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Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.

-Larry Bird

It doesn’t matter who scores the points, it’s who can get the ball to the scorer.

-Larry Bird

But it is a black man’s game, and it will be forever.

-Larry Bird

Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.

-Larry Bird

When I was a kid, like 14 or 15, I played with the waiters’ from the hotel, ’cause that was the best game.’ And these guys, they’d let me play. And they were black guys.

-Larry Bird

I hate to lose more than I like to win.

-Larry Bird

I’m a loner.

-Larry Bird

I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.

-Larry Bird

The one thing that always bothered me when I played in the NBA was I really got irritated when they put a white guy on me.

-Larry Bird

I don’t know if I practiced more than anybody, but I practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody – somewhere- was practicing more than me.

-Larry Bird

I wasn’t real quick, and I wasn’t real strong. Some guys will just take off and it’s like, whoa. So I beat them with my mind and my fundamentals.

-Larry Bird

My goal was to be the best player on my high school team, and look where I am now. And that was still my goal as a young kid, just to try and be a little better than my brother was.

-Larry Bird

I’ve been around for a while, I kinda know these things.

-Larry Bird

I like being by myself.

-Larry Bird

 

 

I get homesick.

-Larry Bird

A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses those skills to accomplish his goals.

-Larry Bird

Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from the players.

-Larry Bird

First master the fundamentals.

-Larry Bird

I used to love the feeling of running, of running too far. It made my skin tingle.

-Larry Bird

You can make all the excuses you want, but if you’re not mentally tough and you’re not prepared to play every night, you’re not going to win.

-Larry Bird

As far as playing, I didn’t care who guarded me- red, yellow, black. I just didn’t want a white guy guarding me, because it’s disrespect to my game.

-Larry Bird

Once you are labeled “The Best” you want to stay up there, and you can’t do it by loafing around. If I don’t keep changing. I’m history.

-Larry Bird

I mean, the greatest athletes in the world are African- American.

-Larry Bird

I always know what’s happening on the court. I see a situation occur, and I respond.

-Larry Bird

The best players will play. That’s the way it always will be.

-Larry Bird

What’s better? Dogs or broomsticks? I mean, will the world ever really know?

-Larry Bird

 

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Charles Barkley Quotes

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We are in the business of kicking butt and business is very, very good.

-Charles Barkley

I’m not a role model. Just because I can dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.

-Charles Barkley

All I know is, as long as I led the Southeastern Conference in scoring, my grades would be fine.

-Charles Barkley

I’m a mad dog whose only concern is winning.

-Charles Barkley

I can be bought. If they paid me enough, I’d work for the Klan.

-Charles Barkley

One thing about being famous is the people around you. You pay all their bills so they very rarely disagree with you because they want you to pick up the check.

-Charles Barkley

If you go out with a girl and they say she has a great personality, she’s ugly. If they tell you a guy works hard, he can’t play a lick. Same thing.

-Charles Barkley

Sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel is a train.

-Charles Barkley

You can talk without saying a thing. I don’t ever want to be that type of person.

-Charles Barkley

I don’t care what people think. People are stupid.

-Charles Barkley

I think that the team that wins game five will win the series. Unless we lose game five.

-Charles Barkley

The main thing is to relax and let your talent do the work.

-Charles Barkley

I remember sitting down with the Rockets and saying, “Yeah, I’m going to retire.” They said “Well, we’ll give you 9 million.” And I said, “You got a pen on you?”

-Charles Barkley

 

 

Poor people cannot rely on the government to come to help you in times of need. You have to get your education. Than nobody can control your destiny.

-Charles Barkley

You to believe in yourself. Hell, I believe I’m the best- looking guy in the world and I might be right.

-Charles Barkley

I think anybody who is racist is an idiot whether they are black or white.

-Charles Barkley

I always laugh when people ask me about rebounding techniques. I’ve got a technique. It’s called go get the damn ball.

-Charles Barkley

If I weren’t earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction when they saw me.

-Charles Barkley

I don’t hate anyone, at least not for more than 48 minutes, barring overtime.

-Charles Barkley

Any professional league that goes on strike right now- that’s just suicide.

-Charles Barkley

Kids are great. That’s one of the best things about our business, all the kids you get to meet. It’s a shame they have to grow up to be regular people and come to the games and call you names.

-Charles Barkley

We’re not all supposed to think alike.

-Charles Barkley

 

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Carmelo Anthony Quotes

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I can’t worry about what other people are saying about me. At the end of the day, it’s just their opinions, but if I said I don’t hear it, or it doesn’t bother me a little bit, I’d be lying to you.

-Carmelo Anthony

I think everybody has their own unique style.

-Carmelo Anthony

I got an owner that looks out for me. You can’t beat that.

-Carmelo Anthony

People look at me like I’m on my way out of the game. I’m just getting started.

-Carmelo Anthony

I have my own identity as a player.

-Carmelo Anthony

I can’t palm a basketball.

-Carmelo Anthony

I understand the NBA and the role I play on my team. I know that I have to play a leadership role and do whatever I have to do to win.

-Carmelo Anthony

 

 

I’m a classical type of guy. Whatever’s out at that point in time, I like it.I just put my own twist on it, and we go from there.

-Carmelo Anthony

Every year it’s been people saying I can’t do this or I can’t do that. Ya’ll will see something different, I can tell you that.

-Carmelo Anthony

Man, I think the sky is the limit for this team.

-Carmelo Anthony

Leadership is something I was born with.

-Carmelo Anthony

It’s easier for me to let the game come to me.

-Carmelo Anthony

We’re still getting better as a team. We’re still learning how to play basketball as  a team and how to win tough games.

-Carmelo Anthony

I think people fail to realize that teams and organizations have been stacking teams since way back in the day.

-Carmelo Anthony

 

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