80+ Greatest Basketball Player Michael Jordan Quotes & Sayings

Greatest Basketball Player Michael Jordan Quotes

Michael Jordan Quotes on Playing

You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.

  • “I play to win, whether during practice or a real game.” – Michael Jordan
  • “One day, you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. Don’t laugh. Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion”. – Michael Jordan
  • “Best evaluation I can make of a player is to look in his eyes and see how scared they are.” – Michael Jordan
  • “There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, & I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either.” – Michael Jordan
  • “It’s heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody. My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can. People may not agree with that. I can’t live with what everyone’s impression of what I should or what I shouldn’t do.” – Michael Jordan
  • “I would tell players to relax and never think about what’s at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus.” – Michael Jordan
  • “I want to be perceived as a guy who played his best in all facets, not just scoring. A guy who love challenges.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Even when I’m old and gray, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game.” – Michael Jordan
  • “If I had been playing for money I would have complained a long time ago that I was underpaid.” – Michael Jordan
  • “When I will 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.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Quotes on Confidence

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying

  • “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed”. – Michael Jordan
  • If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit!” – Michael Jordan
  • Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” – Michael Jordan
  • Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.” – Michael Jordan
  • To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen”. – Michael Jordan
  • “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come”. – Michael Jordan
  • “Heart is what separates the good from the great.” – Michael Jordan
  • “I own the guy guarding me.” – Michael Jordan
  • “I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent.” – Michael Jordan
  • “I know the signs of scaredness.” – Michael Jordan
  • “It’s absolutely wrong that I don’t want guys to challenge me. And the people who say that aren’t in the room.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Live the moment for the moment.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan Famous Quotes

Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.

  • “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”. – Michael Jordan
  • “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships”. – Michael Jordan
  • “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying”. – Michael Jordan
  • “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them”. – Michael Jordan
  • “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”. – Michael Jordan
  • “Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation”. – Michael Jordan
  • “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.” – Michael Jordan
  • Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Michael Jordan
  • I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan
  • 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.” – Michael Jordan
  • You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan
  • 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.” – Michael Jordan
  • 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.” – Michael Jordan
  • Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Don’t let them drag you down by rumors just go with what you believe in.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Make it happen” – Michael Jordan
  • “If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.” – Michael Jordan
  • “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again.” – Michael Jordan
  • “The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether it’s proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.” – Michael Jordan
  •  “The key to success is failure.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Learning’s a gift, even when pain is your teacher.” – Michael Jordan

Learning’s a gift, even when pain is your teacher.

  • “Failure is acceptable. but not trying is a whole different ball park.” – Michael Jordan
  • “There is no “I” in team but there is in win.” – Michael Jordan
  • “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”- Michael Jordan
  • “My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn’t stand the sideline.” – Michael Jordan
  • “The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.” – Michael Jordan
  • “I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder the next time.” – Michael Jordan
  • “If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I won’t look back and say I was afraid to try.” – Michael Jordan
  • “I realized that if I was going to achieve anything in life I had to be aggressive. I had to get out there and go for it.” – Michael Jordan
  • “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.” – Michael Jordan
  • “The game has its ups and downs, but you can never lose focus of your individual goals and you can’t let yourself be beat because of lack of effort.” – Michael Jordan
  • “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” – Michael Jordan
  •  “You have competition every day because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.” – Michael Jordan
  • “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan
  • “I mean we all fly. Once you leave the ground, you fly. Some people fly longer than others.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Winning isn’t always championships.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Sometimes you need to get hit in the head to realize that you’re in a fight.” – Michael Jordan
  • “I want to wake up every day and do whatever comes in my mind, and not feel pressure or obligations to do anything else in my life.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Enjoy every minute of life. Never second-guess life.” – Michael Jordan
  • “I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Being Michael Jordan means acting the same as I always have.” – Michael Jordan
  • “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.” – Michael Jordan
  • “I want to be the bridge to the next generation.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” – Michael Jordan
  • “In reality, I never want to grow up.” – Michael Jordan
  • “How many times have your parents told you not to do things, and the next thing you know, you go do it? And you realized you shouldn’t have done it.” – Michael Jordan
  • “My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.” – Michael Jordan
  • “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.” – Michael Jordan
  • “In any investment, you expect to have fun and make money.” – Michael Jordan
  • “For a competitive junkie like me, golf is a great solution because it smacks you in the face every time you think you’ve accomplished something. That to me has taken over a lot of the energy and competitiveness for basketball.” – Michael Jordan
  • “My challenge when I came back was to face the young talent, to dissect their games, and show them maybe that they needed to learn more about the game than just the money aspect.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Do I need my number retired throughout the course of the league to acknowledge what I’ve done? No.” – Michael Jordan

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