Avery Johnson quotes

  • I just refuse to listen to any more lies. You hear them from FEMA, you hear them from Red Cross and I just didn't want to hear it from him.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Lying #Deceit #Want

  • Dear Humanity; we regret being alien bastards. We regret coming to Earth. And we most definitely regret that the Corps just blew up our raggedy-ass fleet!
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Regret #Humanity #Earth

  • That MAC gun can put a round clean through a Covenant Capital Ship.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Gun #Covenant #Ships

  • Great communication, Character, Competitive drive, Consistency, Compassion, Confidence -- skills successful leaders share.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Communication #Character #Successful

  • Being born is easy. So is taking your last breath. Everything in between, that's the hard part. Life is in between, and it will offer challenges and opportunities beyond measure.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Opportunity #Challenges #Lasts

  • I just want to help people become winners. That's what I'm about. I'm about winning.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Winning #People #Want

  • In 1989 at Greater Saint Steven Full Gospel Church, I gave my life to Christ. That's pretty much where it all started for me. I was 23 years old at the time, right after my first year in the NBA. The pastor preached a message about being fully committed. That pretty much was me. I wasn't fully committed. I was kind of in and out all of the time. So I just wanted to make a commitment.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Commitment #Past #Years

  • People really don't care, in some ways, that you have a family. With a high profile job like I have, they just want you to win basketball games. You can do that and still keep your family together. I try the best I can to be at the basketball practices or tennis practices or recitals. In my first year at Dallas my (then 11-year old) son Avery Jr., said, "You know daddy, you're still the best coach in the NBA." I was like, "But I haven't won a playoff game yet." And he said, "That's okay. You're still my daddy." That makes you feel good.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Basketball #Jobs #Son

  • My standards are so high because of who I serve but it doesn't put any water on my fire for winning. I'm still an intense person. You can be intense and saved. You can compete and still be saved. You can challenge a guy and still be saved. There was nothing soft about me as a player and there isn't anything soft about me as a coach. You want to be a man of integrity and you want the players to know that you care about them. Whether or not they still like you or not is a whole other deal.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Integrity #Player #Men

  • I was really fortunate. I don't believe in luck so I was really fortunate. God really blessed me in terms of my health. ... I was really healthy. But I tried to do my part in terms of preparation, in terms of perseverance. I tried to do my part to make sure that I was always ready to play and try to stay ahead of the game. I tried to beat people with my mind. I wasn't the biggest or the one that jumped the highest, but I had a real high basketball IQ and I knew it. ... I was a student of game and tried to prepare and be professional and have a good attitude. All of those things helped me have a long career.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Basketball #Perseverance #Attitude

  • I'm really comfortable in a stressful, leadership position. I need this job. I need to do this. This fits my personality. This is the best thing for me, short of playing.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Jobs #Personality #Needs

  • I thought I would make it (to the NBA). I believed that I would make it. But I had a Plan B. I was going to get my Master's degree at Tulane University had it not worked out. I think the pressure of making it wasn't on me as great as some other players that had no other options. I was going to do something special in life and I wanted to play in the NBA. I had a backup plan but I went full speed ahead with my Plan A.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Player #Thinking #Nba

  • I'm passionate about coaching and being able to mentor young men in a lot of different ways. I think it's good to be able to do what you love to do. It's been in me since the beginning. I was telling my college coach what to do and he trusted me. When I got into the NBA, I started having conversations with coaches. Coach Gregg Popp(avich) brought a lot out in me. Coach Don Nelson gave me an incredible opportunity to spend some time with him and he molded me but at the same time allowed me to be myself.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #College #Men #Thinking

  • I've always been a man of commitment whether it was academically or professionally. But spiritually I wasn't committed. I was talking the talk and I just wanted to make that commitment. It also made the commitment in other areas of my life stronger.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Commitment #Talking #Stronger

  • Every era of coaches has their own set of problems and challenges. Today's player is different, but some things about them are better than they were in the past. I don't think coaching today's players is any tougher. I think we're a little too hard on the current day player because he's different.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Thinking #Past #Player

  • Growing up in New Orleans, my mom and dad were churchgoers. I would go to church with them. Also, I was going to a Catholic school so I had a fascination with the Catholic Church mainly because, in my mind, (their services) didn't take as long. I was bouncing in between my mom's Baptist church, which was called Second Zion Baptist, and going to a Catholic Church.
    -- Avery Johnson

    #Mom #Dad #Growing Up

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