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90 Inspirational Lebron James Quotes about Basketball and Success

LeBron James is one of the richest athletes in the world and has become one of the greatest players in basketball history. Take a look at all these quotes where LeBron talks about success, his life, and his basketball. Let’s see what he has to say.

1. “You know, when I have a bad game, it continues to humble me and know that, you know, you still have work to do and you still have a lot of people to impress.”

2. “In fourth grade, I missed 82 days of school. Out of 160.”

3. “Being the only man in the household with my mom definitely helped me grow up fast.”

4. “All your life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they will say you’re not good enough or strong enough or talented enough. They will say you’re the wrong height or the wrong weight or the wrong type to play this or be this or achieve this. They will tell you no. A thousand times no. until all the no’s become meaningless. All your life they will tell you no. Quite firmly and very quickly. And you will tell them yes.”

5. “I think, team first. It allows me to succeed, it allows my team to succeed.”

6. “You know, my family and friends have never been yes-men: ‘Yes, you’re doing the right thing, you’re always right.’ No, they tell me when I’m wrong, and that’s why I’ve been able to stay who I am and stay humble.”

7. “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 just what you ask of me. It’s what I ask of myself.”

8. “I hear my friends and my mom tell me I’m special, but honestly, I still don’t get it.”

9. “Ever since I was a kid, I was always the winner.”

10. “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.”

11. “Maybe my pain was my motivation.”

12. “People will hate you, rate you, shake you, and break you. But how strong you stand is what makes you.”

13. “Winning is a huge thing for me.”

14. “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.”

15. “My mom and I have always been there for each other. We had some tough times, but she was always there for me.”

16. “Volleyball, I could be pretty good. After a few practices I could be that striker, or whatever they call it.”

17. “Greatness is defined by how much you want to put into what you do.”

18. “And winning is a huge thing for me.”

19. “I’m confident with my ability.”

20. “I think team first. It allows me to succeed, it allows my team to succeed.”

21. “As a kid, we would drive up and down 77 North – that’s our highway – there would be office buildings on the side of the highway and I’d be like, that’s what my house is going to look like when I get older. I’m going to start making my house look like this.”

22. “I’ve always been an unselfish guy, and that’s the only way I know how to play on the court and I try to play to the maximum of my ability – not only for myself but for my teammates.”

23. “Maybe the ones burning my jersey were never LeBron fans anyway.”

24. “My game is really played above time. I don’t say that like I’m saying I’m ahead of my time. I’m saying, like, if I’m on the court and I throw a pass, the ball that I’ve thrown will lead my teammate right where he needs to go, before he even knows that that’s the right place to go to.”

25. “There are always people always asking you for something. But I feel like I have a foundation. I have a supporting cast where it doesn’t bother me too much.”

26. “I like criticism. It makes you strong.”

27. “Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.”

28. “You know, God gave me a gift to do other things besides play the game of basketball.”

29. “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”

30. “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.”

31. “I do have motivation. A lot of motivation.”

32. “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.”

33. “My dream has become a reality now, and it’s the best feeling I’ve ever had.”

34. “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.”

35. “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.”

36. “When you have that respect from your teammates, it makes it a lot more comfortable.”

37. “Sports was my way out.”

38. “For me, already being part of a single parent household and knowing it was just me and my mom, you’d would 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.”

39. “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.”

40. “I laugh and joke, but I don’t get distracted very easily.”

41. “I think the reason why I am who I am today is because I went through those tough times when I was younger.”

42. “I love watching track and field – the 4×100 relay, the 100-(meter) dash, the 200-(meter) dash. To see what they’re able to do, I love watching that.”

43. “I’m a guy who believes in unfinished business.”

44. “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.”

45. “I don’t read books much.”

46. “I treated it like every day was my last day with a basketball.”

47. “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.”

48. “I hear that word pressure all the time. 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.”

49. “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.”

50. “Sometimes in the past when I played something might make me lose focus, or I would go home after a game where I thought I could have played better and I would let it hang over my head for a long time when it shouldn’t.”

51. “Where I grew up – I grew up on the north side of Akron, lived in the projects. So those scared and lonely nights – that’s every night. You hear a lot of police sirens, you hear a lot of gunfire. Things that you don’t want your kids to hear growing up.”

52. “You have to be able to accept failure to get better.”

53. “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.”

54. “If I’m not giving 100 percent, I criticize myself.”

55. “But ever since I was a kid, I was always the winner.”

56. “Akron, Ohio, is my home. I will always be here. I’m still working out at my old high school.”

57. “No matter how good one individual is, it takes a whole team to win a championship.”

58. “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.”

59. “If you put everything together as far as my mind, my body, my game. If you put everything in one bottle, this is probably the best I’ve been.”

60. “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.”

61. “Every night on the court I give my all, and if I’m not giving 100 percent, I criticize myself.”

62. “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.”

63. “I never get too high on my stardom or what I can do.”

64. “I need music. It’s like my heartbeat, so to speak. It keeps me going no matter what’s going on – bad games, press, whatever.”

65. “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.”

66. “Success isn’t owned, it’s leased. And the rent is due every day.”

67. “I gave everything that I had, I was playing as hard as I could.”

68. “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.”

69. “I’m going to use all my tools, my God-given ability, and make the best life I can with it.”

70. “I am just happy to be part of the Nike family.”

71. “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.”

72. “If a great opportunity opens itself up, I would love to be involved… or star in a movie.”

73. “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.”

74. “I was a Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan fan growing up.”

75. “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.”

76. “I love showcasing my talents – not only to my hometown fans and my own team but to the world.”

77. “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.”

78. “The first time I stepped on an NBA court I became a businessman.”

79. “But sports carried me away from being in a gang, or being associated with drugs. Sports was my way out.”

80. “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.”

81. “Nothing is given. Everything is earned.”

82. “Akron, Ohio, is my home. It will always be remembered. Akron, Ohio, is my life.”

83. “Your teammates give you the confidence. They give me the confidence all year, all postseason.”

84. “I don’t want to be called a point guard, but I can’t stop it.”

85. “I don’t need too much. Glamour and all that stuff don’t excite me. I’m just glad I have the game of basketball in my life.”

86. “I make impact plays. I make game-changing plays.”

87. “You hate makes me stronger.”

88. “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.”

89. “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.”

90. “Basketball is my passion, I love it. But my family and friends mean everything to me. That’s what’s important. I need my phone so I can keep in contact with them at all times.”

LeBron James is an American professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA. James has won three NBA championships, four NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, three NBA Finals MVP Awards, two Olympic gold medals, an NBA scoring title, and the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

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