"Be true to the game because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort good things will be bestowed upon you. Thats truly about the game and in some ways thats about life too."
"The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge place Ive always gone where I needed comfort and peace. Its been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. Its a relationship that has evolved over time given me the greatest respect and love for the game."
"For a competitive junkie like me golf is a great solution because it smacks you in the face every time you think you have accomplished something. That to me has taken over a lot of the energy and competitiveness for basketball."
"If youre trying to achieve there will be roadblocks. Ive had them everybody has had them. But obstacles dont have to stop you. If you run into a wall dont turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it go through it or work around it."
"Ive missed more than 9000 shots in my career. Ive lost almost 300 games. 26 times Ive been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. Ive failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
"Ultimately if you can say that Im a bad owner and were winning championships I can live with that. But if were not making the playoffs and were spending and losing money then I have to look in the mirror and say maybe Im not taking the necessary steps to doing what it takes to run an organization."
"In college I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete. Ive 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."