Once you are labeled 'the best' you want to stay up there, and you can't do it by loafing around. If I don't keep changing. I'm history.
Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.
Never understimate the heart of a champion.
The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.
I always know what's happening on the court. I see a situation occur, and I respond.
Being a part of both organizations, there is no comparison in the two organizations. This is a professional organization. The Hornets were just -- I don't know what the hell it was. There is no explaining for them.
We had a convicted felon as the president. ... And no organization.
The key is not the "will to win" . . . everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.
Pressure can burst a pipe or pressure can make a diamond.
If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.
These are my new shoes. They're good shoes. They won't make you rich like me, they won't make you rebound like me, they definitely won't make you handsome like me. They'll only make you have shoes like me. That's it.
I hate them with all the hate you can hate with. Can you hate more than that? If you can, I hate them more than that.
What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player.
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