"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there."
"Leadership is diving for a loose ball. It’s about being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way your going to get respect from other players"
"Discipline is doing what has to be done, when it has to be done, as well as it can be done, and doing it that way all the time."
"That’s why at the start of every season I always encouraged players to focus on the journey rather than the goal. What matters most is playing the game the right way and having the courage to grow, as human beings as well as basketball players. When you do that, the ring takes care of itself."
"I love seeing my teammates succeed. That’s what I get more excited about than anything."
"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."
"Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them."