quote by Larry Bird

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.

— Larry Bird

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What to do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.

I do a little sign on the court every time i make a shot or a good pass and i pound my chest and point to the sky - it symbolizes that i have a heart for God. It’s something that my mom and I came up with in college and I do it every time I step on the floor as a reminder of who i’m playing for.

I love basketball so much, I love playing it.

I just never thought I could make it to college, make it to the NBA or stand up here today in front of you guys and be an NBA MVP. It’s just a surreal feeling, and I had so much help, so many people believe in me when I didn’t believe in myself.

He knew I enjoyed the relationships of college basketball. All along, he was the wise one.

College coaches measure success in championships.

High School coaches measure success to titles. Youth coaches measure success in smiles.

The NBA is all about winning, but at this level (college basketball) winning doesn't make you happy. You can win, and play lousy, and in my program, feel lousy. To me it's about: How good can we be.

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.

The caliber of play suffered and attendance declined year by year.

Interest in college football was exploding, and there was this new game called basketball.

Over coaching is the worst thing you can do to a player.

I told them not to worry about it, since we were going to play indoors.

We did have three go to the YMCA.

Until my senior year, baseball and basketball were my best sports;

and even when I was a senior, I still wanted to play baseball professionally. But the family wanted me to go to college and I guess I agreed with them or else I would have accepted some of the offers I got.

If you are not willing to work hard and establish discipline in your life, then all your dreams are merely pipe dreams.

I think one of the most immoral things is college football and basketball, where everybody is making money except the players.

I'll watch the kids play, have a big steak with my friends, stay in a nice hotel, sign a lot of autographs, then go back to Vegas and tell my alumni how tough recruiting is.

Winning teams at the NBA level, the college level, and the high school level all play team basketball. Championship teams have five players on the same page at all times.

Whether it's college or WNBA, its basketball and the more you play the less you need to adjust.

I don't think you can explain why all these other sports and college basketball have a fair representation of African American coaches, but college football doesn't. You can dig and scramble and scratch, but at the end of the day I think it's just pure, old-fashioned racism.

Compare where you are to where you want to be, and you'll get nowhere

One-and-done is the most damaging thing in college basketball.

It brings money into the college game, because it kickstarts the bidding war. When you know a kid can't turn pro and is going to go to school for one year and then go pro, that's when you see everyone going to games and courting players.

It wasn't until late high school and early college that I gained enough size and skill to make me welcome on intramural basketball teams.

Walking has been ridiculous in college basketball the past 15 years.

In college I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete.

I've been given the chance to meet all kinds of people, to travel and expand my financial capabilities, to get ideas and learn about life, to create a world apart from basketball.

A flu shot is the worst thing you can do.

The 'mecca of college basketball is in Storrs, Connecticut.

Charles and I go back since college. None of us thought this would happen, we just wanted to play basketball. This is the highest honor that can ever be paid, and it's mind-blowing.

I've always put great emphasis on the academics and getting your degree.

It's important because basketball is short term. The long term is what are you gonna do after college and after you no longer can bounce the ball.

I want the younger kids, the basketball players in high school and college to hear from me and let them know that when you come to the league, this is what happens and this is how I feel as an NBA player. And it's not all peachy keen.

We're trying to get as many people to become interested in seeing it, but if you like the theater and you're interested in seeing what live theater looks like in New York, you probably already set your DVR. It's gonna be a hard ask to get a bunch of college-basketball fans to tune in for three hours to watch the Tonys.

I just can't recruit where there's grass around.

You gotta have a concrete lawn before I feel comfortable enough to go in and talk to you parents.

The greatest words you hear in college basketball are Ohio State advances.

(The Iowa upset) is amazing. But again, it's all the proof you need that there's no guarantee.

"And my father didn't have money for me to go to college.

And at that particular time they didn't have black quarterbacks, and I don't think I could have made it in basketball, because I was only 5′ 11". So I just picked baseball."

I love football. My weekends are booked. Saturday college games and Sunday NFL and 'Monday Night Football.' Booked! Football is first, then basketball and then everything else.

To see a player dunk in women's college basketball is just amazing.

It's great to see that the game has reached that level now.

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