1. 10

    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
  2. 9

    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.

    50
  3. 8

    I hate to lose more than I like to win.

    55
  4. 7

    You're all playin' for second place.

    56
  5. 6

    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
  6. 5

    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.

    74
  7. 4

    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
  8. 3

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

    99
  9. 2

    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.

    134
  10. 1

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

    354
  11. Last Update: 16 January 2022

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