Part of the whole mythical legend of Michael Jordan is his ability to deliver impeccable, quotable quotes for fans to use.
There are enough instances of Mike talking trash and backing it up for us to last entire evenings. Jordan wasn’t the first to use his words eloquently to create a mystique or play mind games. Nor will he be the last. But it should suffice to say that he is, to this day, possibly the best at this aspect of sports.
The most famous quote by the legend is obviously this: “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Some famous Michael Jordan quotes
In response to Tex Winter asking MJ not to play hero ball at the end of games: “There’s no I in team, but there’s an ‘I’ in win.” Jordan once called himself the Black Jesus while putting rookie Reggie Miller in his place: “Be sure, and be careful, you never talk to Black Jesus like that.”
Another time, he talked about how he never loses games: “I never lost a game. I just ran out of time.”
“Best evaluation I can make of a player is to look him in the eye and see how scared he is.”
Speaking about ‘The Shot’ against the Cavaliers in 1989, Jordan mocked the player guarding him on the play – Craig Ehlo: “They had Craig Ehlo on me at the time, which was, in all honesty, a mistake.”
“If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit.”
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Overall, there’s a multitude of quotes that present a pathway into the GOAT’s insanely competitive mindset. We will be getting many more Michael Jordan quotes and anecdotes to you in days to come.