The weird thing about rap is that you don't get compared in the same way that athletes do, even though it's probably the most competitive sport in music. In basketball, they look at a player and say: 'This guy was the best in his prime at this sport.' But in rap it's not until you're dead or retired that people think about it like that.— Chance the Rapper
Cheerful Basketball Player quotations
It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy.
I'm never satisfied. I'm always trying to get better and learn from my mistakes.
I can't make every decision for you. I don't have 14 timeouts. You guys got to get together and talk
A good coach will make his players see what they can become rather than what they are.
Deep down, your players must know you care about them.
This is the most important thing. I could never get away with what I do if the players feel I didn't care for them. They know, in the long run, I'm in their corner.
Perhaps the toughest call for a coach is weighing what is best for an individual against what is best for the team. Keeping a player on the roster just because I liked him personally, or even because of his great contributions to the team in the past, when I felt some one else could do more for the team would be a disservice to the team's goals.
How good can we expect to be if our best player is not our best teammate
Of course, my father was a soccer player. He used to play very good. Then I was young, eight or nine years, ten years old, I just want to be like my father.
Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.
A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.
No player in the NBA was born wanting to play basketball.
The desire to play ball or to read must be planted. The last 25 years of research show that reading aloud to a child is the oldest, cheapest and must successful method of instilling that desire. Shooting baskets with a child creates a basketball player; reading to a child creates a reader.
So, yeah, I'm going to try to win the national championship next year.
But I'm not going to kill myself doing it. I'm not going to kill my players either. You really start to realize there's a lot more to what we're trying to do then winning games
Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.
You're always going to face criticism, you're always going to face challenges, but those things are there to make you stronger and more committed.
What distinguishes a great player is his presence.
When he goes on to the court, his presence dominates the atmosphere.
One of the hardest things for a ball player to do is to accept his role
On good teams coaches hold players accountable, on great teams players hold players accountable
I didn’t fall in love with it just because it was me playing.
I fell in love with it because I’ve got guys like this – like these guys every single day that push me to be the best that I can be.
The more honor and self-respect among players, the greater the team.
They said you have to use your five best players but I found you win with the five who fit together the best.
Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.
There is no doubt in my mind and I know in my time, there will be a Canadian basketball player playing for Toronto Raptors, 100%
I've always considered myself a crunch-time player.
I just love having the ball in my hands. Everyone in the arena knows the ball is supposed to be in your hands and you still make it. It's the odds. I love the odds.
Meadowlark was the most sensational, awesome, incredible basketball player I've ever seen.
If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit.Never quit!!!
The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.
I learned at a young age to dribble with both hands, and that allows me to be more creative when I go against bigger and stronger opponents.
I continually stress to my players that all I expect from them at practice and in the games is their maximum effort.
Winning is about having the whole team on the same page.
The glory of sport is witnessing a well-coached team perform as a single unit, striving for a common goal and ultimately bringing distinction to the jersey the players represent.
Mick Jagger is in better shape than far too many NBA players.
It's up in the air whether the same can be said of Keith Richards.
Magic Johnson, former basketball player, may run for mayor of L.
A. in the next election. Remember the good 'ol days when only qualified people ran for office like actors and professional wrestlers.
If Kyle Korver blocks your shot there should be a penalty box you should go to!
Everywhere I've been, I've been the best player.
I love being a leader, and I love being the best. I just want to get better. It's not about being cocky or selfish or anything like that. It's just how I am.
A person really doesn't become whole, until he becomes a part of something that's bigger than himself.
Recognize and reward players who put the team first, not just the gifted ones.
If one of our players gets his second foul in the first half, then he must come out of the game and not re-enter until the second half. To play defense and not foul is an art that must be mastered if you are going to be successful.