"It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen." - Muhammad Ali

Build a deep conviction.

Apr. 15, 1991 - Magic Johnson sets NBA record for career assists with 9,898

Fellow Lakers guard Michael Cooper said, “There have been times when [Johnson] has thrown passes and I wasn’t sure where he was going. Then one of our guys catches the ball and scores, and I run back up the floor convinced that he must’ve thrown it through somebody.”

In 905 NBA games, Lakers' Magic Johnson tallied 17,707 points, 6,559 rebounds, and 10,141 assists, translating to career averages of 19.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 11.2 assists per game, the highest assists per game average in NBA history (second highest is John Stockton with a career average of 10.5 assists per game). Johnson shares the single-game playoff record for assists (24), holds the Finals record for assists in a game (21), and has the most playoff assists (2,346). He holds the All-Star Game single-game record for assists (22), and the All-Star Game record for career assists (127). Johnson introduced a fast-paced style of basketball called “Showtime”, described as a mix of “no-look passes off the fastbreak, pin-point alley-oops from halfcourt, spinning feeds and overhand bullets under the basket through triple teams.”

"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 Legend on leadership.

"Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer." - Muhammad Ali

Sometimes, silence can speak louder than words.

"Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength." - Phil Jackson

Zen master.

"Surfing is like the mafia, once you’re in your in. There’s no getting out." - Kelly Slater

Mickey Blue Eyes.

Apr. 10, 1961 - South Africa’s Gary Player is the first foreign player to win the Masters tournament

Gary Player is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of golf. Over his career, Player accumulated an impressive nine major championships on the regular tour and six Champions Tour major championship victories, as well as three Senior British Open Championships on the European Senior Tour. At the age 29, Player won the 1965 U.S. Open and became the only non-American to win all four majors, known as the career Grand Slam. Player became only the third golfer in history to win the Grand Slam, following Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen. Since then, only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have won the Grand Slam. Player has won 165 tournaments on six continents over six decades and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.

"Every man’s heart one day beats its final beat. His lungs breathe a final breath. And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others, and makes them bleed deeper, and something larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized.” - The Ultimate Warrior

Undertaker voice - Rest In Peace -

WWE Hall of Famer Ultimate Warrior speaks at Raw, April 7, 2014.

"Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships." - Rasheed Wallace

De-fense.

Apr. 8, 1974 - Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run to break Babe Ruth’s home run record

As the 1974 season began, Hank Aaron's pursuit of the record caused a small controversy. The Atlanta Braves opened the season on the road in Cincinnati with a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. Braves management wanted him to break the record in Atlanta, and were therefore going to have Aaron sit out the first three games of the season. But Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn ruled that he had to play two games in the first series. He played two out of three, tying Babe Ruth’s record in his very first at bat — on his first swing of the season — off Reds pitcher Jack Billingham, but did not hit another home run in the series.

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University of North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball player Michael Jordan cutting basketball net after winning the 1982 NCAA championship.

"I’m young, I’m handsome, I’m fast, I’m pretty, and can’t possibly be beat." - Muhammad Ali

All of the above and then some.

Apr. 6, 1987 - Sugar Ray Leonard wins the middleweight title from Marvin Hagler

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In what was promoted as “The Super Fight,” Sugar Ray Leonard took the middleweight title from Marvelous Marvin Hagler. The fight was named “Fight of the Year” and “Upset of the Year” by The Ring.

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"What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player." - John Wooden
Wisdom from the Wizard of Westwood.

"What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player." - John Wooden

Wisdom from the Wizard of Westwood.

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