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

— Larry Bird

The most grateful Larry Bird quotes that will transform you to a better person

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.

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

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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. 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.

85

My coach told me, "Larry, no matter how much you work at it, there's always someone out there who's working just a little harder - if you take 150 practice shots, he's taking 200." And that drove me.

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Practice habits were crucial to my development in basketball.

I didn't play against the toughest competition in high school, but one reason I was able to do well in college was that I mastered the fundamentals. You've got to have them down before you can even think about playing.

72

You're all playin' for second place.

56

I hate to lose more than I like to win.

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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.

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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.

49

First master the fundamentals.

47

You never make any of the shots you never take.

87% of the ones you do take, you'll miss too. I make 110% of my shots.

44

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.

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About Larry Bird

Quotes 56 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Coach
Birthday October 16

Michael Jordan is God disguised as a basketball player.

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When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro.

19

I just shoot until I feel good.

11

Maybe it's God disguised as Michael Jordan.

11

I really don't like talking about money.

All I can say is that the Good Lord must have wanted me to have it.

11

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

7

Coaches can talk and talk and talk about something, but if you get it on tape and show it to them, it is so much more effective.

5

I have always been confident in my skills and once the game got going I knew I was probably the best player on the floor most of the time whether it was junior high, high school or college. I knew I had control of the game.

5

My opinion about basketball, the way I was taught, was when you step on the court, you play to win.

4

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.

3

The best basketball announcer is one who allows you to close your eyes.

3

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

3

You know when I played, you had me and Kevin (McHale) and some others throughout the league. I think it's good for a fan base because as we all know the majority of the fans are white America. And if you just had a couple of white guys in there, you might get them a little excited.

2

There are many times when you are better off practicing than playing;

but most people just don't understand that

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I learned what my weaknesses were and I went out the next day to turn those weaknesses intro strengths.

0

Guys like Larry Bird -- he played so hard, he wants everybody else to play hard.

That's not unreasonable. Any coach would want that and demand that.

0

My goal was just to try and 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.

0

Eminem. My son was listening to that and I was like, “What is that junk?” Then I started listening and I thought, You know, that kid is pretty good. It's the storytelling.

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Strength is not nearly as important as desire.

I don't think you can teach anyone desire. I think it's a gift. I don't know why I have it, but I do.

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Basketball has been my life and I worked at it so hard because I enjoyed it so much.

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Don't let winning make you soft. Don't let losing make you quit. Don't let your teammates down in any situation.

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I'm a firm believer in that you play the way you practice.

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When I was a player, I didn't expect my teammates to play the way I did.

I did expect them to work hard every day and get better. And I never learned anything by losing.

0

It makes me sick when I see a guy just stare at a loose ball and watch it go out of bounds.

0

I like being by myself.

0

I was always making decisions and they were easier decisions because I had control of the game, I had control of the ball. As a coach you sort of put the ball in other player's hands and let them make decisions for you. But I still get a kick out of winning basketball games and that's what I'm in this for.

0

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

0

Who in their right mind wouldn't listen to what Larry Bird tells them? He knows what it takes to be a successful player, and he's letting us do the things to have the success.

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Anytime you've got an opportunity to play for your country and win a gold medal, I think that takes it all. That's the greatest thing you could ever achieve in your sport. So, I have been very fortunate to play on great teams, but the gold medal was probably the best.

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My name's been on this check for a week now.

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I think you have to work very hard and dedicate yourself and have the respect of your teammates before you're about to go out and just try to take a game over by yourself.

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In the closing seconds of every game, I want the ball in my hands for the last shot - not in anybody else's, not in anybody else's in the world.

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

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The more you win, the better you're gonna get. It grows on itself.

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Basketball was always a game to me. One of the greatest things in life for me was to be able to play what I loved dearly and get paid for it. So it was always a game to me and that's how I perceived everything.

0

I've always been interested in jobs in the NBA.

But I've been in this for 20 years and it might be time to do something else.

0

I wanted to compete at the highest level again - and that's the NBA.

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