Michael Jordan tried out for basketball during his sophomore years at Laney, but coach Clifton Herring preferred Leroy Smith, who stands 6’8″ over Jordan who is only 5’9″. Jordan was so embarrassed and was really mad not making it on the team. Determine, Jordan put up one of his best performances on the school’s junior varsity team that season, on the following year; he led Laney High to the state playoffs as a senior.
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
“The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether its proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.”
“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 quit ONCE it becomes a habit.Never quit!!!”
Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”
“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.”
“I can’t accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and other make it happen.”
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