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LeBron James Quotes About Basketball
Here is my collection of quotes from NBA star LeBron James about basketball.
“My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.” – LeBron James
“I don’t want to be Kobe, I want to be LeBron.” – LeBron James
“Ask me to play. I’ll play. Ask me to shoot. I’ll shoot. Ask me to pass. I’ll pass. Ask me to steal, block out, sacrifice, lead, dominate. Anything. But it’s not what you ask of me. It’s what I ask of myself.” – LeBron James
“A lot of players know how to play the game, but they really don’t know how to play the game, if you know what I mean. They can put the ball in the hoop, but I see things before they even happen. You know how a guy can make his team so much better? That’s one thing I learned from watching Jordan.” – LeBron James
“With that locker room I could sleep there after games.” – LeBron James
“I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.” – LeBron James
“You have to be able to accept failure to get better.” – LeBron James
“I am just happy to be part of the Nike family.” – LeBron James
“You know, God gave me a gift to do other things besides play the game of basketball.” – LeBron James
“I treated it like every day was my last day with a basketball.” – LeBron James
“I’ve put our guys in position. I gave them the blueprint. I think they’re ready.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Being The Best
Here is my collection of quotes from NBA star LeBron James about being the best player.
“Everywhere I’ve been, I’ve been the best player. I love being a leader, and I love being the best. I just want to get better. It’s not about being cocky or selfish or anything like that. It’s just how I am.” – LeBron James
“To be the best, you have to work the hardest.” – LeBron James
“Messi is the best player in the world. If he’s not already, he’ll be the best footballer of all time.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Championships
Here is my collection of quotes from NBA star LeBron James about championships.
“I don’t know any other team that’s gotten to the Finals without two All-Stars… I cannot remember thinking of it. I don’t even know if it’s ever happened, for a team to lose two All-Stars and still be able to make it to the Finals.” – LeBron James
“I’m a guy who tries to be successful in all that I do, and when you fall short, it hurts.” – LeBron James
“These fans here are unbelievable. They showed up and showed out tonight. We needed every little bit of it.” – LeBron James
“We have to continue at a high level and make them take tough shots.” – LeBron James
“I don’t know any other team that got to the finals without two all stars.” – LeBron James
“Well, of course you question it, especially when you get to this point. I always look at it: would I rather not make the playoffs or lose in The Finals? I don’t know. I don’t know. I’ve missed the playoffs twice. I lost in The Finals four times. I’m almost starting to be like I’d rather not even make the playoffs than to lose in The Finals. It would hurt a lot easier if I just didn’t make the playoffs and I didn’t have a shot at it.” – LeBron James
“As loud as fans were , they need to go home now and start soaking up a lot of tea, drinking a lot of tea for the next 36 hours, whatever the case may be, ’cause they need to be just as loud Thursday night.” – LeBron James
“The group of guys I have… They are playing off straight motivation.” – LeBron James
“I’m a guy who is just trying to be successful in whatever I do, and I give everything to my teammates, give everything to the coaching staff. When you fall short, it hurts and it eats at you, and it hurts me to know that I wish I could have done better and done more and just put a little bit more effort or whatever the case may be to help us get over the hump. But it just wasn’t our time.” – LeBron James
“This is a proud moment for our city. This is the first time we have won a Finals game in this city, and I’m happy to be part of history.” – LeBron James
“I didn’t think we’d get to this point that we’re at now, but I was ready to lead If we got to this point.” – LeBron James
“I enjoy the competition and whatever it takes throughout the competition, I will do it.” – LeBron James
“If I could have given more, I would have done it. I gave everything I had.” – LeBron James
“We did what we are supposed to. We protected our home. We have to try to do it again Thursday night.” – LeBron James
“Steph is scary. I’ve never seen anyone who can shoot the ball off the dribble like him. He got it going in 4th. Every game is different.” – LeBron James
“Just because we are back home, don’t get comfortable. Have that same uptight feeling like it’s just us against everyone.” – LeBron James
“We defended. We made them keep tough shots, and we executed offensively.” – LeBron James
“We aren’t comfortable. We are not satisfied. We have to stay even-keeled.” – LeBron James
“Everything is sore right now. Everything. I look like I’m doing okay but I can’t wait to get home.” – LeBron James
“My family is happy. That makes my job a lot easier. For the fans, I try to put it all out there on the floor.” – LeBron James
“You lose in the Finals, they’re all disappointing. Doesn’t matter if I’m playing in Miami, Cleveland or on Mars. You lose the Finals, it’s disappointing.” – LeBron James
“I’m not promising a championship. I know how hard that is to deliver. We’re not ready right now.” – LeBron James
“Just wanted to inspire my teammates. Obviously, I didn’t do enough.” – LeBron James
“We lost one (Finals), we won two and we lost another one. (We’ll) take 50 percent in four years in championships any day. Obviously, we want to win all of them, but that’s just the nature of the game. Not proud of the way we played (in this series).” – LeBron James
“The best option for me to do was not to move. I tried, and any little nudge or step, it the cramping would get worse. It was the whole left leg … nearly the whole left side. … I drank a lot of fluids at halftime. I even changed my uniform.” – LeBron James
“They jumped on us. They were the aggressor. They had us on our heels from the beginning.” – LeBron James
“I won at every level – all the way since I started playing the game of basketball at nine. I’ve won at every level, won championships at every level. And, you know, it won’t be fulfilled until I win at the highest level.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Coaches
Here are some motivating quotes from NBA star LeBron James about coaches.
“I was supposed to take the ball out. I told the coach, ‘There’s no way I’m taking the ball out, unless I can shoot it over the backboard and it goes in. I told him, ‘Have somebody else take the ball out, give me the ball, and everybody get out of the way.’” – LeBron James
“It’s not just straight-line speed. He’s got the agility and the quickness to go with it. His vision on the field is phenomenal. It just opens the playbook so much as a coach that I’m really looking forward to it.” – LeBron James
“Sometimes the coaches tell me to be selfish, but my game won’t let me be selfish.” – LeBron James
“To be honest, the play that was drawn up, I scratched it. I just told the coach, ‘Give me the ball.’ We’re either going to go to overtime or I’m going to win it for us. It was that simple.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Commitment
Here are some motivating quotes from NBA star LeBron James about being committed
“There’s that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not?” – LeBron James
“Basketball isn’t easy. All my life I’ve been striving to make myself better. It’s a full time commitment. To be the best, you have to work the hardest. You have to chase what seems impossible over and over and over again, because giving up is not an option, and when you feel like you’ve reached your limit, it’s only the beginning, that’s when the time to dig deep, to find the courage to push some more, because if you’ve got the drive, the discipline, and the resolve to do what it takes to make yourself great, then the rewards are endless.” – LeBron James
“Commitment is a big part of what I am and what I believe. How committed are you to winning? How committed are you to being a good friend? To being trustworthy? To being successful? How committed are you to being a good father, a good teammate, a good role model? There’s that moment every morning when you look in the mirror: Are you committed, or are you not?” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Determination
Here are some motivating quotes from NBA star LeBron James about fueling determination.
“I just bring the determination to win.” – LeBron James
“To all the positions, I just bring the determination to win. Me being an unselfish player, I think that can carry on to my teammates. When you have one of the best players on the court being unselfish, I think that transfers to the other players.” – LeBron James
“If it wasn’t for the determination and the will power we have in each other, we wouldn’t have pulled through and got this win. Much respect to Spain, but the U.S. is back on top again.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Dreams
Here are some inspiring quotes from NBA star LeBron James about dreams.
“A kid with a dream from Akron Ohio. Now chopping it up with the Prez. Life is Good.” – LeBron James
“My dream has become a reality now, and it’s the best feeling I’ve ever had.” – LeBron James
“A friend told me ‘I guess you gotta go through a lot of nightmares, before you finally, you know, accomplish your dreams.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Failing
Here are some motivating quotes from NBA star LeBron James about failure.
“You can’t be afraid to fail. It’s the only way you succeed – you’re not gonna succeed all the time, and I know that.” – LeBron James
“That’s one of my biggest obstacles. I’m afraid of failure. I want to succeed so bad that I become afraid of failing.” – LeBron James
“All the people that were rooting for me to fail, at the end of the day, they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that. They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal. But they have to get back to the real world at some point.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Funny Quotes
Here are some inspiring quotes from NBA star LeBron James about fun and enjoyment
“When you work out or you’re doing anything active, it’s more fun as a group. You may lose track of the time, and the next thing you know, you’re working out for two hours because you’re having fun.” – LeBron James
“Volleyball, I could be pretty good. After a few practices I could be that striker, or whatever they call it.” – LeBron James
“We played well all the way until, like, the second quarter.” – LeBron James
“This is a job and we want to have fun. But it’s a job and we should look like we’re going to work.” – LeBron James
“I’m a pretty funny guy, and I would love to do a comedy with a bunch of funny guys – movie-star guys, where they could help me through it.” – LeBron James
“I’m going to be one of the top four that’s ever played this game, for sure. And if they don’t want me to have one of those top four spots, they’d better find another spot on that mountain. Somebody’s gotta get bumped, but that’s not for me to decide. That’s for the architects.” – LeBron James
“But then I lock back in and I start thinking about how fun it is to compete during the playoffs and the first round, the second round, and Eastern Conference Finals. If I’m lucky enough to get here again, it will be fun to do it.” – LeBron James
“It would be easier if I didn’t even make the playoffs, it would hurt less. But then I start thinking about how much fun it is.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Giving
Here are some inspiring quotes from NBA star LeBron James about giving.
“Every night on the court I give my all, and if I’m not giving 100 percent, I criticize myself.” – LeBron James
“I’m feeling better after the game than I did when I came off the floor with cramps. … I was going to try to give it a go, and ‘Spo said ‘No.’ You know, after I came out of the game, they kind of took off. And it was frustrating sitting out and not being able to help the team.” – LeBron James
“I told myself if I ever made it to the level I want to be at, I’m gonna give back.” – LeBron James
“Your teammates give you the confidence. They give me confidence all year, all postseason.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Goals
Here are some motivating quotes from NBA star LeBron James about his goals.
“I got a goal, and it’s a huge goal, and that’s to bring an NBA championship here to Cleveland, and I won’t stop until I get it.” – LeBron James
“In the next 15 or 20 years, I hope I’ll be the richest man in the world. That’s one of my goals. I want to be a billionaire. I want to get to a position where generation after generation don’t have to worry about nothing. I don’t want family members from my kids to my son’s kids to never have to worry. And I can’t do that now just playing basketball.” – LeBron James
“I’m just blessed that I was able to have guys around me that had some of the same goals. The man above gave me a gift and he gave me friends and a mentor that can help me reach my goal and reach my potential. And we all had the same goal, so it wasn’t hard for us to get, you know, off track because we all wanted the same thing.” – LeBron James
“I have short goals – to get better every day, to help my teammates every day – but my only ultimate goal is to win an NBA championship. It’s all that matters. I dream about it. I dream about it all the time, how it would look, how it would feel. It would be so amazing.” – LeBron James
“As a professional athlete a lot is going to be said about you – but I just try to move forward and try to achieve my goals.” – LeBron James
“Well, I mean, to me, I think my ultimate – my ultimate goal is winning championships and – and I understand that me going down as one of the greats will not happen until I, you know, win a championship.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Inspiration
Here are some amazing quotes of inspiration from NBA star LeBron James.
“I like criticism. It makes you strong.” – LeBron James
“I always say, decisions I make, I live with them. There’s always ways you can correct them or ways you can do them better. At the end of the day, I live with them.” – LeBron James
“I’ve always been a leader. I’ve always kind of been the tallest person on the team when I was younger but always kind of the smartest. I was ahead of my time. I wasn’t always the oldest, I kind of was the youngest on the team, but, I kind of knew what to do at times.” – LeBron James
“I’m going to use all my tools, my God-given ability, and make the best life I can with it.” – LeBron James
“Once you become a professional athlete or once you do anything well, then you’re automatically a role model … I have no problem being a role model. I love it. I have kids looking up to me and hopefully I inspire these kids to do good things.” – LeBron James
“Warren Buffet told me once and he said always follow your gut. When you have that gut feeling, you have to go with “don’t go back on it.” – LeBron James
“I hear my friends and my mom tell me I’m special, but honestly, I still don’t get it.” – LeBron James
“Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.” – LeBron James
“I think the reason why I’m the person who I am today is because I went through those tough times when I was younger.” – LeBron James
“I’m not afraid of nothing, I just like the challenge, and I love being here.” – LeBron James
“I don’t know how tall I am or how much I weigh. Because I don’t want anybody to know my identity. I’m like a superhero. Call me Basketball Man.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Mistakes
Here are some inspiring quotes from NBA star LeBron James about mistakes.
“You learn from mistakes, you learn from losses, but this game doesn’t put something on me where it’s, ‘Hey, I’ve finally done it. This was a big game. We won it and we have to move on.’” – LeBron James
“I’ve sort of gotten into the habit of looking for the vulnerable guy, the guy who makes mistakes, the guy who can’t figure things out all the time but keeps at it.” – LeBron James
“The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned — seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, ‘OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.’ But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Family
Here are some inspiring quotes from NBA star LeBron James about his mother.
“My mom and I have always been there for each other. We had some tough times, but she was always there for me.” – LeBron James
“My father wasn’t around when I was a kid, and I used to always say, ‘Why me? Why don’t I have a father? Why isn’t he around? Why did he leave my mother?’ But as I got older I looked deeper and thought, ‘I don’t know what my father was going through, but if he was around all the time, would I be who I am today?’” – LeBron James
“When I was 5, some financial things happened, and I moved seven times in a year. We moved from apartment to apartment, sometimes living with friends. My mom would always say, ‘Don’t get comfortable, because we may not be here long.’” – LeBron James
“For me, already being part of a single parent household and knowing it was just me and my mom, you’d wake up times and hope that the next day you’d be able to be alongside your mother because she was out trying to make sure that I was taken care of. But all I cared about was her being home.” – LeBron James
“Being the only man in the household with my mom definitely helped me grow up fast.” – LeBron James
“That’s what keeps me humble because I know my background, know what my mother went through. I never get too high on my stardom or what I can do. My mom always says and my friends all say, ’You’re just a very low-maintenance guy’. I don’t need too much. Glamour and all that stuff don’t excite me. I am just glad I have the game of basketball in my life.” – LeBron James
“But now, being a parent, I go home and see my son and I forget about any mistake I ever made or the reason I’m upset. I get home and my son is smiling or he comes running to me. It has just made me grow as an individual and grow as a man.” – LeBron James
“I mean, when you grow up in the inner city and you grow up in a single-parent household, that’s – those are humbling times, you know?” – LeBron James
“As a parent, if you have multiple kids, you can’t teach them all the same thing because they all have different personalities. They’re their own person.” – LeBron James
“As a parent you protect your kids as much as possible.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Motivational Quotes
Here are some uplifting quotes from NBA star LeBron James.
“I do have motivation. A lot of motivation.” – LeBron James
“Maybe my pain was my motivation.” – LeBron James
“There is a lot of pressure put on me, but I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel if I play my game, it will take care of itself.” – LeBron James
“I’ve got extra motivation that I won’t talk about right now.” – LeBron James
“I don’t need too much. Glamour and all that stuff don’t excite me. I am just glad I have the game of basketball in my life.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Winning
Here are some awesome quotes from NBA star LeBron James about winning.
“I hate letting my teammates down. I know I’m not going to make every shot. Sometimes I try to make the right play, and if it results in a loss, I feel awful. I don’t feel awful because I have to answer questions about it. I feel awful in that locker room because I could have done something more to help my teammates win.” – LeBron James
“I expect us to win. I expect us to get better every day.” – LeBron James
“We want to win it all. The only reason we play this game is to win championships.” – LeBron James
“The only thing on my mind right now is trying to win the whole thing.” – LeBron James
“There’s no reason to play in the NBA if you don’t believe you can win it all.” – LeBron James
“And winning is a huge thing for me.” – LeBron James
“But put my body through a lot, you know, but it’s the price for your body feeling this way for winning. Did I win? I didn’t win a championship, but I’ve done a lot of good things in this first year back, and hopefully I can continue it.” – LeBron James
“I’ve given these guys the blueprint on how to win a premiership, now I just have to be patient until they’re ready.” – LeBron James
“I don’t let individual statistics make me a focus or more of a focus. I just tried to come out and attack early and get a big lead. We were able to take it in overtime and win.” – LeBron James
“Once you get on the playing field it’s not about whether you’re liked or not liked. All that matters is to play at a high level and do whatever it takes to help your team win. That’s what it’s about.” – LeBron James
“I took Hedo (Turkoglu) in the first game and Rashard (Lewis) hit the winning shot. I took Rashard in the second game and Hedo hit the shot. If I could clone myself, we’d be all right. But I can’t.” – LeBron James
“I learn from winning, because it’s much easier to point out things when you lose. But I think the alternate competitors can point out a lot of things when you win.” – LeBron James
“I was so used to going out and winning state championships and playing in the postseason.” – LeBron James
“He reminds me of Michael Jordan. “You look and they have similar games where they want to lead their team to victory, no matter if they have to shoot the ball every time or if they have to rebound or pass, they’re going to find a way to win.” I’ve always said that Kobe Bryant is the best scorer in our game today and he’s definitely proving himself.” – LeBron James
“We were playing every game to win, we just happened to win 27 in a row. Our motto was to try and go out and win every game, but there’s nothing really to talk about.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Sports
Here are some motivating quotes from NBA star LeBron James about sports.
“But sports carried me away from being in a gang, or being associated with drugs. Sports was my way out.” – LeBron James
“When did I know I had talent? I think it started when I first started playing sports, organized sports.” – LeBron James
“You know, softball is the other sport I do besides basketball.” – LeBron James
“It’s hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them. I’m a winner. It’s not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you’re not going to congratulate them. That doesn’t make sense to me. I’m a competitor.” – LeBron James
“The modern athlete is an individual corporation. I’m not quite sure it’s very good for sport, or good for teamwork, or those different things that sport says it’s about. This is about business.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Talent
Here are some inspiring quotes from NBA star LeBron James about talent.
“I’m taking my talents to South Beach.” – LeBron James
“We ran out of talent tonight. The guys played as hard as they could, as long as we could.” – LeBron James
“I was blessed with a God-given talent and my mother raised me the right way.” – LeBron James
“I love showcasing my talents – not only to my hometown fans and my own team but to the world.” – LeBron James
“I’m very good at noticing talent. I knew he was special then and obviously he is now.” – LeBron James
“Tonight we had our chances but we ran out of talent.” – LeBron James
“It’s a lot of talent sitting in suits.” – LeBron James
“In this fall – this is very tough – in this fall I’m going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.” – LeBron James
LeBron James Quotes About Teamwork
Here are some inspiring quotes from NBA star LeBron James about being team player.
“It’s hard to win in the league, because every team is good, they got players on their team. A lot harder than high school. It’s competitive, and that’s what I most love about it.” – LeBron James
“That team across the way, you tip your hat to them. They did a great job. It showed in these Finals.” – LeBron James
“I’ve been watching basketball for a long time, I’m a historian of the game. I don’t know any other team that’s gotten to the Finals without two All-Stars… I cannot remember thinking of it. I don’t even know if it’s ever happened, for a team to lose two All-Stars and still be able to make it to the Finals.” – LeBron James
“I don’t really get involved in it, the whole thing. I understand how important this city is and what I mean to this city and what our team means to the city… but I don’t get caught up into it. I just go out and play my game. I try to lead the best way I can, and if I can put my team and this franchise in a position to win the title, I’m grateful for that.” – LeBron James
“I think, team first. It allows me to succeed, it allows my team to succeed.” – LeBron James
“It all depends on how you want to define what an MVP is. I’ve been fortunate to win the trophy four times, but I’ve been the MVP of my team for a long time – just because of the way I lead and the way I approach us being professionals off the floor.” – LeBron James
“I wouldn’t feel good about it at all. At the end of the day I’m here to win a team prize, and that’s to win a championship, not an individual prize.” – LeBron James
“A team like Golden State, when they get into a rhythm they make shots.” – LeBron James
“I don’t know any other other team that got to the finals without two all stars.” – LeBron James
“That’s all our team is about. If we stop people, we’re the most athletic team in this whole tournament and we can get out and get easy buckets.” – LeBron James
“D-Wade is the unselfish guy here-he is welcoming Chris Bosh and LeBron James to his team.” – LeBron James
“If I didn’t believe in this team and this organization and the direction that we’re headed, I wouldn’t have signed the extension.” – LeBron James
“A team can’t work when a guy puts himself in front of a team. I have yet to be on a team like that.” – LeBron James
“You become a champion as a team. I understand that. I know the history of the game.” – LeBron James
“I played football for a team called the East Dragons on the east side of town. We only had six regular season games. And six games I played tail back and I had 18 touchdowns in six games. That’s when I knew I had some athletic ability.” – LeBron James
“It’s humbling to know that you have fans all over America and all over the world and they want you to play on their respective basketball team. It’s very humbling that they respect the way I play the game of basketball. I can’t discredit that. I can’t say I don’t enjoy it because you put in a lot of hard work to have fans. And for me to be a role model and for me to have fans all over is great. It’s very humbling.” – LeBron James
“There are some teams and logos you see, no matter where you are in the world, and you know exactly who they are and what they mean.” – LeBron James
“A LeBron James team is never desperate.” – LeBron James
“I’m not going to fight because I mean too much to our team, and I can’t afford to be suspended for a game or do something stupid to get me kicked out of a playoff game.” – LeBron James
“Teams make it tough on us, we make it tough on them. When you have two well coached teams that wanna win, it’s going to be a competitive game.” – LeBron James
“I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown. I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.” – LeBron James
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