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Michael Jordan's Most Famous Quotes

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Jordan on failure

"Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night." Jordan on the need for persistence in the face of adversity.

"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." Jordan on how failure is a constant companion to any success.

"If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome." Jordan on the importance of ignoring what others think and say of you.

"If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." Jordan on the drive to overcome whatever difficulties arise.

"My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength." Jordan on adapting to the opposition.

Jordan on basketball

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." Jordan on the role of concerted collective action in any meaningful victory.

"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. That's truly about the game, and in some ways, that's about life too." Jordan on how one’s actions become, ultimately, a mirror for one’s self.

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"When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it's time for me to move away from the game." Jordan on the timing and reason for his multiple retirements from basketball.

"The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, a place I've always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It's been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It's a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game." Jordan on the nearly all-encompassing role of basketball in his life.

Jordan on success and accomplishment

"Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." Jordan on the different types of people in the world.

"To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don't isolate." Jordan on balancing the demands of individual development and accomplishments with the demands of a team and of society.

"You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them." Jordan on the role of expectations in achieving greatness.

"I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win." Jordan on his drive to be victorious in all the attempts in life.

"My father used to say that it's never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, 'You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'" Jordan on the important can-do attitude instilled by his father.

Jordan on business and investing

"In any investment, you expect to have fun and make money." Jordan on what he looks for when investing.

"The best evaluation I can make of a player is to look in his eyes and see how scared they are." Jordan on how he judges new players.

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan and Bill Walton

Michael Jordan’s brilliant answer to Bill Walton’s question about his highlights plays

MJ basically explained the difference between stars and winners.

The Ringer founder Bill Simmons

“They weren't testing during the playoffs” — Bill Simmons on PEDs in the NBA

The Ringer's founder said he finds “impossible to believe no great basketball star over the last 25 years didn't use HGH and other stuff during the playoffs when they weren't testing.”

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant

"Really just don't be a crybaby” — Kevin Durant shares the most important lesson he learned from Kobe Bryant

Kevin Durant, who has become known for his colorful personality on Twitter, recently shared that Kobe Bryant told him not to be a crybaby.

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson’s epic retort to Kobe Bryant’s loathing for the “boring” and “so simple” triangle offense

The Zen Master laid out the key benefits of the triangle offense in terms of player health and wellness.

Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan and guard Ron Harper

"I'd have one or two of your six rings" — Ron Harper claims the Cavaliers would've stopped Michael Jordan's first three-peat

Years before he joined Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls, Ron Harper was a member of the up-and-coming Cleveland Cavaliers squad.

Max Strus

Max Strus shares why the Miami Heat will bounce back this season after a disappointing start - "We have two young guys that are turning the corner of being superstars"

Strus breaks down why the Miami Heat will bounce back this season while giving high praise to Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro