65 Larry Bird Quotes On Success In Life

Larry Joe Bird is an American former professional basketball player, coach, and executive in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nicknamed “the Hick from French Lick” and “Larry Legend”, Bird is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. These Larry Bird quotes will motivate you.

Best Larry Bird Quotes

  1. “A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.” ~ Larry Bird
  2. “Don’t let winning make you soft. Don’t let losing make you quit. Don’t let your teammates down in any situation.” ~ Larry Bird
  3. “I’ve got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.” ~ Larry Bird
  4. “Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.” ~ Larry Bird
  5. “I learned what my weaknesses were and I went out the next day to turn those weaknesses intro strengths.” ~ Larry Bird
  6. “Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from the players.” ~ Larry Bird , Larry Bird quotes on leadership
  7. “I hate to lose more than I like to win.” ~ Larry Bird

  8. “My coach told me, “Larry, no matter how much you work at it, there’s always someone out there who’s working just a little harder – if you take 150 practice shots, he’s taking 200.” And that drove me.” ~ Larry Bird
  9. “You can make all the excuses you want, but if you’re not mentally tough and you’re not prepared to play every night, you’re not going to win.” ~ Larry Bird
  10. “I wasn’t real quick, and I wasn’t real strong. Some guys will just take off and it’s like, whoa. So I beat them with my mind and my fundamentals.” ~ Larry Bird
  11. “Practice habits were crucial to my development in basketball. I didn’t play against the toughest competition in high school, but one reason I was able to do well in college was that I mastered the fundamentals. You’ve got to have them down before you can even think about playing.” ~ Larry Bird , Larry Bird quotes on basketball
  12. “There are many times when you are better off practicing than playing, but most people just don’t understand that” ~ Larry Bird
  13. “I don’t think that once you get to one level, you can relax. You’ve got to keep pushing.” ~ Larry Bird

  14. “It doesn’t matter who scores the points, it’s who can get the ball to the scorer.” ~ Larry Bird
  15. “Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you’re not giving it all you’ve got.” ~ Larry Bird
  16. “You’re all playin’ for second place.” ~ Larry Bird
  17. “Strength is not nearly as important as desire. I don’t think you can teach anyone desire. I think it’s a gift. I don’t know why I have it, but I do.” ~ Larry Bird
  18. “You never make any of the shots you never take. 87% of the ones you do take, you’ll miss too. I make 110% of my shots.” ~ Larry Bird
  19. “First master the fundamentals.” ~ Larry Bird

  20. “I’m a firm believer in that you play the way you practice.” ~ Larry Bird
  21. “It makes me sick when I see a guy just stare at a loose ball and watch it go out of bounds.” ~ Larry Bird
  22. “I don’t know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody – somewhere – was practicing more than me.” ~ Larry Bird
  23. “I just shoot until I feel good.” ~ Larry Bird
  24. “I like being by myself.” ~ Larry Bird
  25. “When I go to the line I’m thinking ‘All net.’ When I don’t think that, I’m likely to miss.” ~ Larry Bird
  26. “The one thing that always bothered me when I played in the NBA was I really got irritated when they put a white guy on me.” ~ Larry Bird
  27. “The more you win, the better you’re gonna get. It grows on itself.” ~ Larry Bird

  28. “As far as playing, I didn’t care who guarded me – red, yellow, black. I just didn’t want a white guy guarding me, because it’s disrespect to my game.” ~ Larry Bird
  29. Michael Jordan is God disguised as a basketball player.” ~ Larry Bird
  30. “Basketball has been my life and I worked at it so hard because I enjoyed it so much.” ~ Larry Bird
  31. “The best players will play. That’s the way it will always be.” ~ Larry Bird
  32. “Before every game I used to go out and shot the same shots over and over and over. In the summer time I spent a lot of time just shooting. So really it just came natural. Whether it’s a tie game or down by 1 or up by five, it was always the same shot. So I always felt comfortable with the ball in my hands because it was in there a million times before.” ~ Larry Bird
  33. “Basketball was always a game to me. One of the greatest things in life for me was to be able to play what I loved dearly and get paid for it. So it was always a game to me and that’s how I perceived everything.” ~ Larry Bird
  34. “I knew I was as good as anybody. That’s not really bragging; it’s just that I’d put the time in.” ~ Larry Bird
  35. “I used to love the feeling of running, of running too far. It made my skin tingle.” ~ Larry Bird

  36. Eminem. My son was listening to that and I was like, “What is that junk?” Then I started listening and I thought, You know, that kid is pretty good. It’s the storytelling.” ~ Larry Bird
  37. “When I was a kid, like 14 or 15, I played with the waiters from the hotel, ’cause that was the best game. And these guys, they’d let me play. And they were black guys.” ~ Larry Bird
  38. “I really don’t like talking about money. All I can say is that the Good Lord must have wanted me to have it.” ~ Larry Bird , Larry Bird quotes on money
  39. “When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro.” ~ Larry Bird
  40. “What’s better? Dogs or broomsticks? I mean will the world really ever know?” ~ Larry Bird
  41. “Coaches can talk and talk and talk about something, but if you get it on tape and show it to them, it is so much more effective.” ~ Larry Bird
  42. “If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it.” ~ Larry Bird

  43. “Once you are labeled ‘the best’ you want to stay up there, and you can’t do it by loafing around.” ~ Larry Bird
  44. “Maybe it’s God disguised as Michael Jordan.” ~ Larry Bird
  45. “While day by day the overzealous student stores up facts for future use, he who has learned to trust nature finds need for ever fewer external directions. He will discard formula after formula until he reaches the conclusion: Let nature take its course.” ~ Larry Bird
  46. “I’ve always been interested in jobs in the NBA. But I’ve been in this for 20 years and it might be time to do something else.” ~ Larry Bird , Larry Bird quotes on NBA
  47. “In the closing seconds of every game, I want the ball in my hands for the last shot – not in anybody else’s, not in anybody else’s in the world.” ~ Larry Bird
  48. “My opinion about basketball, the way I was taught, was when you step on the court, you play to win.” ~ Larry Bird

  49. “When I was a player, I didn’t expect my teammates to play the way I did. I did expect them to work hard every day and get better. And I never learned anything by losing.” ~ Larry Bird
  50. “I have always been confident in my skills and once the game got going I knew I was probably the best player on the floor most of the time whether it was junior high, high school or college. I knew I had control of the game.” ~ Larry Bird
  51. “My name’s been on this check for a week now.” ~ Larry Bird
  52. “You know when I played, you had me and Kevin (McHale) and some others throughout the league. I think it’s good for a fan base because as we all know the majority of the fans are white America. And if you just had a couple of white guys in there, you might get them a little excited.” ~ Larry Bird
  53. “When it gets down to it, basketball is basketball.” ~ Larry Bird

  54. “I wanted to compete at the highest level again – and that’s the NBA.” ~ Larry Bird
  55. “The best player I ever played with was Dennis Johnson.” ~ Larry Bird
  56. “I always know what’s happening on the court. I see a situation occur, and I respond.” ~ Larry Bird
  57. “If there was a payment to the bank due, and we needed shoes, she’d get the shoes, and then deal with them guys at the bank. I don’t mean she wouldn’t pay the bank, but the children always came first.” ~ Larry Bird
  58. “I can see why fans don’t like to watch pro basketball. I don’t, either. It’s not exciting.” ~ Larry Bird
  59. “I’ve been around a while. I kinda know these things.” ~ Larry Bird
  60. “I mean, the greatest athletes in the world are African-American.” ~ Larry Bird

  61. “My goal was just to try and be the best player on my high school team, and look where I am now. And that was still my goal as a young kid, just to try and be a little better than my brother was.” ~ Larry Bird
  62. “The best basketball announcer is one who allows you to close your eyes.” ~ Larry Bird
  63. “Who in their right mind wouldn’t listen to what Larry Bird tells them? He knows what it takes to be a successful player, and he’s letting us do the things to have the success.” ~ Larry Bird
  64. “Guys like Larry Bird — he played so hard, he wants everybody else to play hard. That’s not unreasonable. Any coach would want that and demand that.” ~ Larry Bird
  65. “Anytime you’ve got an opportunity to play for your country and win a gold medal, I think that takes it all. That’s the greatest thing you could ever achieve in your sport. So, I have been very fortunate to play on great teams, but the gold medal was probably the best.” ~ Larry Bird

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