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Larry Bird Quotes

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

What I would give for the chance to play one more time against some of the guys I’ve had to get used to playing against.

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

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.

The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.

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

I’ve got a chip on my shoulder. You know, I’ve always been looked down upon. High school. College. The NBA. And I think it’s good. I’m still learning. I’m still proving myself.

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 your teammates.

I’m a firm believer in fundamentals. The more you can do the little things correctly, the more success you will have down the road.

If you play with passion and love basketball, that will take care of itself.

I’ve got a lot to do, and I don’t have time to be tired.

I just want to play basketball. That’s what I love to do.

I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.

I don’t mind working hard, but I’ll have a heart attack if I have to chase a ball more than 15 feet.

The best part of winning is seeing the joy on your teammates’ faces.

I don’t know how many shots I can take, but I’m willing to take one more.

Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.

I really don’t like talking about money. All I can say is that the Good Lord must have wanted me to have it.

If you have the opportunity to play this game of life, you need to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don’t appreciate the moment until it’s passed.

I don’t know what I’ll do after basketball, but I will never stop being involved in the game.

I don’t know what my future holds, but I do know that I’m going to be positive and not wake up feeling desperate.

I don’t create controversies. They’re there long before I open my mouth. I just bring them to your attention.

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.

A winner is someone who doesn’t hesitate when the opportunity presents itself.

Confidence comes from hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.

Discipline is doing what you hate to do, but nonetheless doing it like you love it.

Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as toughest game of your life, you better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony.

I’m thankful for the work that God has allowed me to do and also thankful for the people that have supported me throughout my career.

The mental part is the toughest part. Everybody can dunk, but everybody doesn’t have the heart.

Basketball is basketball. Whether it’s played in the backyard, or on the biggest stage in the world, the game doesn’t change.

Passion is what makes you want to learn. Whether it’s basketball or anything else, the more passion you have, the more you will learn and improve.

I’ve missed more than 9,000 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.

It doesn’t matter who scores the points, it’s who can score the most points.

I would never want to be a player who is remembered for anything more than being a good teammate.

I’ve always loved competing against the best.

You can always improve, you can always get better.

If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.

It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, it’s about the size of the fight in the dog.

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.

I hate losing more than I enjoy winning.

I’ve always been more focused on what I can do rather than what I can’t do.

I wanted to win, but I wanted to win by playing the game the right way.

I always loved the game, but I also always knew that there was more to life than basketball.

You can’t just show up on game day and expect to perform at your best. It’s the work you put in behind the scenes that truly matters.

I’ve always believed that hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

Being great isn’t about the highlights, it’s about the grind.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.

Don’t let success get to your head and failure get to your heart.

To be successful, you have to be willing to do the things that others aren’t willing to do.

Your biggest competition is yourself. Don’t try to be better than someone else, but never cease trying to be the best you can be.


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