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Famous Michael Jordan Quotes

These Famous Michael Jordan Quotes will inspire and motivate all basketball players, coaches & parents!

I don’t think there is any doubt that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. His athletic ability on the basketball court is just incredible! His competitive nature is unmatched. What impresses me the most about him is his ability and drive to win.

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Of all the great accomplishments he’s achieved, I have one memory that will stay with me forever…

The Chicago Bulls were playing the Utah Jazz in the NBA finals and Michael Jordan was extremely sick with the flu. He definitely shouldn’t have been playing basketball! However, because of his drive, competitive nature and will to win – he played. Oh yeah, he also hit the game winning shot! What a great competitor!

These famous Michael Jordan Quotes are here to give you a little insight into how he views the game of basketball and also life itself. These basketball quotes should inspire you as you approach your basketball season – whether you are a player, parent or coach.

Famous Michael Jordan Quotes

  • “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
  • “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.”
  • “I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.”
  • “I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.”
  • “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.”
  • “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
  • “Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”
  • “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
  • “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
  • “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.”
  • “My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.”


More Famous Michael Jordan Quotes

  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”
  • “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don’t do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.”
  • “Even when I’m old and gray, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game.”
  • “I never thought a role model should be negative.”
  • “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.”
  • “There are plenty of teams in every sport that have great players and never win titles. Most of the time, those players aren’t willing to sacrifice for the greater good of the team. The funny thing is, in the end, their unwillingness to sacrifice only makes individual goals more difficult to achieve. One thing I believe to the fullest is that if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”
  • “There is no “i” in team but there is in win.”
  • “I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me . . . Failure always made me try harder next time.”
  • “I’ve never been afraid to fail.”
  • “Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”
  • “People ask me if I could fly, I said, “yeah…. for a little while.”

I hope you enjoyed these Famous Michael Jordan Quotes! I’m sure you will find some inspiration in his words. Best of luck with your basketball season!