41 David Robinson Quotes about Life and Basketball

41 David Robinson Quotes about Life and Basketball

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David “The Admiral” Robinson is a former NBA basketball player who played for the San Antonio Spurs his whole career. He is a highly disciplined man partly due to his background in the Navy.

He expressed great leadership ability as he led the Spurs to their first ever NBA titles. The franchise built the team around him and they excelled for a number of years even when he retired.

Some of his career highlights including winning two NBA Championships, being a part of the 1992 US Olympics Dream Team and being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

In his post basketball days he’s been involved in a lot of social work to help less privileged communities.

As a devoted child of God here are 41 of his most inspiring quotes about life and basketball:

  1. “Your peers will respect you for your integrity and character, not your possessions.” ~ David Robinson
  2. “Keep working and saving and striving for a better future for your children, and their children, even if you won’t be around to see it pay off.” ~ David Robinson
  3. “You need to learn a practical lesson. Grit alone is not going to save you from sinking.” ~ David Robinson
  4. “When all else fails, trust God.” ~ David Robinson
  5. “When you get that signing bonus, don’t start thinking about all the things you can do with $1 million. Instead, think about all the things your grandfather did with $100.” ~ David Robinson
  6. “That’s what university life is all about. Challenging, questioning, enjoying good people and good friends, and pushing yourself to the limit.” ~ David Robinson
  7. “I know I will leave my work unfinished. I just hope I planted enough seeds in my children and grandchildren that they will continue.” ~ David Robinson

  8. “The biggest challenge was becoming a leader and taking our team to the highest level. Feeling the personal responsibility to take the team to the next level. Overcoming fear of inadequacy and never getting down on yourself or doubting who you are.” ~ David Robinson
  9. “A lot of these teams really forget that part of success comes with having veteran leadership. You see a lot of teams forget that and start letting go of these old veterans. They don’t realize how important it is to have a veteran voice in your locker room or on the bench. It’s important to have guys who have been there before.” ~ David Robinson
  10. “All this stuff doesn’t happen to you for your own sake. It doesn’t happen so you can fill your shelves with trophies or line your pockets with cash; it happens so you can have a positive influence and encourage other people.” ~ David Robinson
  11. “If you forget your history, you forget who you are.” ~ David Robinson
  12. “The individual stats, that stuff is fun, but it doesn’t last. Somebody else is gonna come along and break your records. But the memories that you take are forever.” ~ David Robinson
  13. “It’s the playoffs. There’s no room for okay.” ~ David Robinson
  14. “This is sports. In sports, you win and you lose. That’s the nature of sports. You can’t get away from that part of it. And if you get hung up on the losing part, then you miss the boat. The competition part, a game like that, is why you play sports. That is as good as it gets.” ~ David Robinson
  15. “A well-rounded education has always been an issue close to my heart.” ~ David Robinson

  16. “You give a team a month- three weeks- to get together, and you’re going to make mistakes. You’re just not going to be as sharp.” ~ David Robinson
  17. “Most proud moment: Winning the championship in 2003 with a great team, retiring, and going out in the perfect way. Had a great journey and knowing it was the right time to focus more on family and community activities.” ~ David Robinson
  18. “Preparation is everything.” ~ David Robinson
  19. “Largely in the beginning, I did a lot of extra work because I was lighter than all the other guys. I was at a massive disadvantage, so I had to put on weight. I started with eating and I had to really focus on my diet.” ~ David Robinson
  20. “My dad was in the Navy, and I was raised with a strong commitment to service.” ~ David Robinson
  21. “Just being raised in a home where my mother, from as early as I can remember, always taught me to be thinking about other people first, basically that our service was going to be the measure of our success.” ~ David Robinson
  22. “My dad was enlisted in the Navy; my mother was a nurse. It just was never a thought process. It was just go to the best school you can go to, do the best you possibly can do, and be the best person you can possibly be, and I think our faith had a lot to do with that.” ~ David Robinson
  23. “In some ways, you have to fail some. You have to figure that stuff out, because if I didn’t have an Hakeem Olajuwon, would I have been able to achieve the heights that I did achieve? I don’t think so. He pushed me, and I pushed him.” ~ David Robinson
  24. “I hope the young guys who are playing today realize what they have been given and will take it upon themselves to give back in return.” ~ David Robinson

  25. “Believe it or not, the Navy requires plebes to actually be able to swim.” ~ David Robinson
  26. “You have to raise your game, you have to be ready to compete, and you’ve just got to give Hakeem credit. He was great. He really was great.” ~ David Robinson
  27. “I played for a long time, and there’s not many guys I would say, ‘O.K., take any shot you want.’” ~ David Robinson
  28. “My fouls used to be ticky-tacky, but I learned real fast to make them count.” ~ David_Robinson
  29. “I was always curious. I wanted to learn a little about a lot of things, and I really had to get pushed to achieve.” ~ David_Robinson
  30. “If you’re a better scorer than me, I’ll put you down on the block; you score. I don’t care. I can do other things.” ~ David_Robinson
  31. “Popovich is always talking about team.” ~ David_Robinson
  32. “When you get on the floor, you’ve got to think you’re the best player. Everybody does that.” ~ David_Robinson

  33. “It was difficult to step away. I’ve always been an athlete. And to give that up was extremely daunting. The looming factor of brain damage, to me, was too strong.” ~ David_Robinson
  34. “What I need to do is to have a great positive attitude and a great work ethic. Those two things validate me. Yes, it’s important that I have good numbers, and I’m well respected as a player. But I think it’s more important that I’m respected as a man.” ~ David_Robinson
  35. “You’re always going to face criticism, you’re always going to face challenges, but those things are there to make you stronger and more committed.” ~ David_Robinson
  36. “Dream big; at least you will have the joy of reaching for the stars instead of living in a box filled with unopened gifts.” ~ David_Robinson
  37. “Basketball is just something else to do, another facet of life. I’m going to be a success at whatever I choose because of my preparation. By the time the game starts, the outcome has been decided. I never think about having a bad game because I have prepared.” ~ David_Robinson
  38. “I think any player will tell you that individual accomplishments help your ego, but if you don’t win, it makes for a very, very long season. It counts more that the team has played well.” ~ David_Robinson
  39. “Defense is what matters. Scoring doesn’t interest me.” ~ David_Robinson
  40. “My last game, streamers flying, world champions. How could you write a better script than this?” ~ David_Robinson
  41. “If any woman is going to get her feelings hurt, it’s not going to be my wife.” ~ David_Robinson



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