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Basketball Sayings


If you don't do what's best for your body,
you're the one who comes up on the short end.
- Julius Erving

To be great we need to win games
we aren't supposed to win.
- Julius Erving

When you face a crisis,
you know who your true friends are.
- Magic Johnson

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I never think that there's something I can't do,
whether it's beating my opponent
one on one or practicing another hour
because something about my game
is just not right.
- Magic Johnson

I don't care what people think.
people are stupid.
- Charles Barkley

I know I'm never as good or bad
as one single performance.
I've never believed in my critics
or my worshippers, and I've always been
able to leave the game at the arena.
- Charles Barkley

I just realized that not only early in my career but,
if I was going to play longer,
guys foul you when they get tired.
- Karl Malone

What excites me the most
is when a coach calls a timeout
and chews out his forward
because I just dunked on his head.
- Karl Malone

Larry, you only told me one lie.
You said there will be another Larry Bird.
Larry, there will never,
ever be another Larry Bird.
- Magic Johnson

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Once Michael gets up there he says,
‘Well, maybe I’ll just hang up here
in the air for a while, just sit back.’
Then all of a sudden, he says,
‘Well, maybe I’ll 360.
No I changed my mind.
I’ll go up on the other side.’
He’s just incredible.
- Magic Johnson

If we played Boston four on four, without Russell,
we probably would have won every series.
The guy killed us.
He's the one who prevented us
from achieving true greatness.
- "Hot Rod" Hundley

I have one thing to say to those non-believers...
Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion.
- Rudy Tomjanovich

These guys have been criticized the last few years
for not getting to where we’re going,
but I’ve always said that the most important thing
in sports is to keep trying.
Let this be an example of what
it means to say it’s never over.
- Jerry Sloan

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