Michael Jordan

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I've failed over and over and over again in my life.
And that is why I succeed.

Michael Jordan (born February 17, 1963) is a retired professional basketball player who played 11 season for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association and 2 seasons for the Washington Wizards. He is considered one of the greatest and most accomplished players in the history of the NBA.

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  • I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying (no hard work).
    • Jordan, Michael. I Can't Accept Not Trying : Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence. San Francisco, CA: HarperSanFrancisco, 1994. p. 129
  • I'm back for the second time

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  • I've missed over 9,000 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.
    • As quoted in Nike Culture : The Sign of the Swoosh (1998), by Robert Goldman and Stephen Papson, p. 49
  • Enjoy every minute of life. Never second-guess life.
    • How to be like Mike (2005)
  • I set another goal … a reasonable, manageable goal that I could realistically achieve if I worked hard enough. I approached everything step by step.
    • How to be like Mike (2005)
  • (In 1985, Jordan broke his foot and the team wanted to limit his return for fear of worsening the injury) The [Bulls] came up with this whole theory you can play seven minutes a game when I'm practicing two hours a day... I didn’t agree with that math. I wanted to play. I wanted to make the playoffs. [...] Jerry [Reinsdorf] said, "Let me ask if you had a headache and" - there was a 10 percent chance then I’d reinjure my ankle - "and you've got 10 tablets and one of them is coated with cyanide, would you take it?" I looked at him and said, "How bad is the headache?" Jerry looked at me and said, "I guess that's a good answer, you can go back and play."
  • I was in Chicago in 1994 and at this time I had no thoughts of coming back and playing the game of basketball, Bryon Russell came over to me and said, "Why'd you quit? You know I could guard you." When I did come back in 1995 and we played Utah in '96, I'm at the center circle and Bryon Russell is standing next to me. I said, "You remember what you said in 1994 about, 'I think I can guard you, I can shut you down, I would love to play against you?' Well, you're about to get your chance."
  • I can remember a game, we were down with about 5 to 10 points, I go off about 25 points, we come back and win the game, we're walking off the floor. Tex (Winter) looks at me and says "There's no "I" in team!" I looked at Tex and say, "There's not, but there's an 'I' in win!"

Quotes about Jordan[edit]

  • 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.
  • That play was “Give the ball to Michael and everyone else get the fuck out of the way.”
  • You don't hesitate with Michael, or you'll end up on some poster in a gift shop someplace.
  • The Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan's three-point explosion in Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals against Portland is easily one of the greatest performances I've ever seen. As he made his sixth straight, he winked directly at Mike Fratello and me in the broadcast booth and held his palms up in a shrug, as if to say, “What can I do?”
  • Number 45 doesn't explode like Number 23 used to.
    • Nick Anderson, quoted in an interview after Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals on May 7th, 1995.

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