33 Larry Bird Quotes and Sayings for Inspiration

Larry Bird, born December 7, 1956, in West Baden, Indiana, is a former professional basketball player who led the Boston Celtics to three NBA championships in 1981, 1984 and 1986.

He is regarded as one of the greatest shooters of all time. Bird played for Indiana State University and later drafted by the Celtics in 1978.

He won the Rookie of the Year award in 1980 and was a 12-time All Star, winning three consecutive league MVP awards.

Bird retired in 1992 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998.

He later held various positions with the Indiana Pacers.

I have curated a list of the best quotes by Larry Bird.

Larry Bird Quotes

First master the fundamentals. ~ Larry Bird.

Michael Jordan is God disguised as a basketball player. ~ Larry Bird.


I just shoot until I feel good. ~ Larry Bird.

I hate to lose more than I like to win. ~ Larry Bird.

I’m a firm believer in that you play the way you practice. ~ Larry Bird.

Once you are labeled ‘the best’ you want to stay up there, and you can’t do it by loafing around. ~ Larry Bird.

I wanted to compete at the highest level again – and that’s the NBA. ~ Larry Bird.

It makes me sick when I see a guy just stare at a loose ball and watch it go out of bounds. ~ Larry Bird.


Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds. ~ Larry Bird.

I used to love the feeling of running, of running too far. It made my skin tingle. ~ Larry Bird.

Popular Larry Bird Quotes

You can make all the excuses you want, but if you’re not mentally tough and you’re not prepared to play every night, you’re not going to win. ~ Larry Bird.

I really don’t like talking about money. All I can say is that the Good Lord must have wanted me to have it. ~ Larry Bird.

It doesn’t matter who scores the points, it’s who can get the ball to the scorer. ~ Larry Bird.

Basketball has been my life and I worked at it so hard because I enjoyed it so much. ~ Larry Bird.

I wasn’t real quick, and I wasn’t real strong. Some guys will just take off and it’s like, whoa. So I beat them with my mind and my fundamentals. ~ Larry Bird.

When I go to the line I’m thinking ‘All net.’ When I don’t think that, I’m likely to miss. ~ Larry Bird.

I don’t think that once you get to one level, you can relax. You’ve got to keep pushing. ~ Larry Bird.


You never make any of the shots you never take. 87% of the ones you do take, you’ll miss too. I make 110% of my shots. ~ Larry Bird.

I think a lot of blue collar people related to me because a lot of people work for their money. ~ Larry Bird.

My name’s been on this check for a week now. ~ Larry Bird.

Top Larry Bird Quotes

I can see why fans don’t like to watch pro basketball. I don’t, either. It’s not exciting. ~ Larry Bird.

I always know what’s happening on the court. I see a situation occur, and I respond. ~ Larry Bird.

Coaches can talk and talk and talk about something, but if you get it on tape and show it to them, it is so much more effective. ~ Larry Bird.

Don’t let winning make you soft. Don’t let losing make you quit. Don’t let your teammates down in any situation. ~ Larry Bird.

A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals. ~ Larry Bird.


When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro. ~ Larry Bird.

There are many times when you are better off practicing than playing; but most people just don’t understand that. ~ Larry Bird.

I like being by myself. ~ Larry Bird.

Famous Larry Bird Quotes

If you tell a teammate you’re ready to play as tough as you’re able to, you’d better go out there and do it. ~ Larry Bird.

I learned what my weaknesses were and I went out the next day to turn those weaknesses into strengths. ~ Larry Bird.

My opinion about basketball, the way I was taught, was when you step on the court, you play to win. ~ Larry Bird.

I knew I was as good as anybody. That’s not really bragging; it’s just that I’d put the time in. ~ Larry Bird.

What’s better? Dogs or broomsticks? I mean will the world really ever know? ~ Larry Bird.

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