The best NBA quotes are insights into the beliefs, thoughts, and feelings (and world) of pro basketball. The highest level of sport, what can it teach us? What can the world’s best NBA players and coaches teach us about being our best selves? What’s the difference between the NBA and college basketball? How does LeBron set goals?
Phil Jackson’s genius-level NBA quotes on Last Dance are amazing.
Steph Curry’s best NBA quotes:
“All of us are in the same place, each with our own rooms, and we were allowed to do whatever we wanted. Which is totally different than college, where they manage your schedule for you. In the NBA, you’re on your own.” — Steph Curry
This is an important realization. In high school and college, you have coaches looking out for you. Calling you to show up for weights, training, open gym, and everything else there is. When you get to the pros, no one calls you. No one tells you to train. The money, the time, the training, the coaching, it all stops.
The real world of pro hoops is just the same for college kids when they first graduate — who is going to hire you? Where are you going to make your first dollar? Are you going to wake up early and work on your dreams or work for someone else’s? Who is on your team? What do you value? What virtues do you practice?
This was a huge realization for me. Practicing Stoicism — honoring my true self and finding what I’m curious about, what drives me to be better, and how I can help the world become a better place is where I started.
Phil Jackson NBA quote I like:
“The NBA has made a real issue about really making these superstars the premium that everybody wants to go to. That’s their calling card and their marketing tool. But the coaches at the other end of the sphere are trying to make everybody on the team, even nine, 10, 11, 12, just as important, and have a real role that’s meaningful.” — Phil Jackson
The NBA cares about sales (by marketing superstars mainly, protecting these stars on the court, etc). The NBA coaches and management care about winning. These two philosophical differences are brought out in this quote. This is a quote that sums why it’s important to embrace everyone in an organization from the janitor to the secretary, to the mid-level management grinders.
Everyone that works on a team should be celebrated, from the trainers to the managers, to the 12th man. Celebrate their work, their effort, and treat them with the utmost respect.
LeBron James best NBA quote:
“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
This is what I talk about in my Huffman Basketball Club. Short goals are a lifestyle. You constantly live your short term goals every day. You experience basketball training, eating right, reading, watching game tape, and do everything you can do improve 1% today.
If you have a long term goal you care about, everything that happens today matters. You have to visualize your goals, find your internal vision of what you’ll feel when you get to live out your goal. One great outcome will feel amazing if you get there, but the journey every day is the most important thing you will need to embrace.
Do what you love is cliche. Most people love winning, but aren’t willing to put in the work, the effort, the daily grind, and continue to focus on how they can change their present to be their best self.
This is an amazing approach to life, sports development, and pushing your athletic edge further and further.
Here’s a Huffman Basketball Club Workout Drill that helps most players and positions develop their game.
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