"If somebody says no to you, or if you get cut, Michael Jordan was cut his first year, but he came back and he was the best ever. That is what you have to have. The attitude that I’m going to show everybody, I’m going to work hard to get better and better." - Magic Johnson

Happy 55th, Magic.

Hard Work. Dedication.

"Being healthy is a complete lifestyle for me. It allows my brain to function at a very high degree so I can comprehend all the new things that are thrown at me. It also allows me to sleep well so that I am rested when I need to perform. Finally, being healthy will hopefully allow me to live a long and fun-filled life." - Derrick Rose

Make healthy living your lifestyle.

"I’m not slowing down. I don’t care who’s in the hole. If they’re going to foul me, I’m going to get up and keep going hard at them." - Derrick Rose

"…Goin’ straight through the hole
You ain’t got no game
I’m breakin’ ya out the frame
Coming through like a train”
- B Real - Hit ‘em High (The Monstar’s anthem)

"Being selected [NBA] Most Improved was a special individual award because when I speak to young people I always try to tell them the importance about it’s not where you start but where you end up." - Kevin Johnson

Make sure you finish strong!

"Keep practicing. Never let someone tell you you’re too small or too slow." - Chris Paul

Hard work. Dedication.

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.”

"There’s winning and there’s losing and in life both will happen. What is never acceptable to me is quitting." - Magic Johnson

Never that.

"It’s about team effort. No particular player trying to outshine each other. Play unselfishly and believe. Good things will come." - Rajon Rondo

Teamwork makes the dream work.

Mar. 10, 2002 - John Stockton becomes the only NBA player to reach 15,000 assists

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During his 18th season with the Utah Jazz in 2001-02, John Stockton set a league record for most seasons with the same franchise. He also became just the 10th player in NBA history to play at the age of 40. By registering 13 assists in a 95-92 loss to Houston, Stockton improved his career assist total to 15,000, and became the only player in NBA history to reach that plateau.

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"We’re sitting here, and I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we’re talking about practice. I mean listen, we’re sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we’re talking about practice. Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last, but we’re talking about practice, man. How silly is that?" - Allen Iverson

We’re talking about practice!

Feb. 8, 1986 - Spud Webb wins the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Competition

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One of the most memorable events of Spud Webb’s career was his dunk contest win, which took place on February 8, 1986, at the NBA All-Star Game Weekend in Dallas. Webb, the shortest player to ever participate in the competition to that time, went up against men who were, in some cases, a foot taller. In the end, size didn’t matter. Webb dazzled the crowd with his soaring dunks and bested teammate Dominique Wilkins, who had won the 1985 contest by beating Michael Jordan. (The NBA’s first slam dunk competition was held in 1984.)

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"I don’t recruit. If anybody wanted to play with me, it could be anybody in the NBA, I wouldn’t mind playing with them. But as far as recruiting, I never did or never will." - Derrick Rose
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"I don’t recruit. If anybody wanted to play with me, it could be anybody in the NBA, I wouldn’t mind playing with them. But as far as recruiting, I never did or never will." - Derrick Rose

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"You’ve got one job, and that is to get better." - Derrick Rose

"You’ve got one job, and that is to get better." - Derrick Rose

"I have definitely gone through my ups and downs and faced my adversity and my naysayers, but managed to do all right. It is a pretty classic tale." - Steve Nash

"I have definitely gone through my ups and downs and faced my adversity and my naysayers, but managed to do all right. It is a pretty classic tale." - Steve Nash

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