"It's not just about talent, it's about character."
-- Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who became the most winning coach in NBA history Sunday night when his team beat the Orlando Magic 99-86 in Game 5 of the Championship series.
Jackson, who now has 10 NBA Championships, was talking about starting point guard Derek Fisher, who's been knocked for being too old, too short, and too slow. But Fisher makes 'em when it really counts. Last Thursday Fisher made a three-pointer with seconds remaining to force overtime against the Magic and put the Lakers within one win of the national title. Last night, Fisher and Kobe Bryant both nabbed their fourth national title, while Jackson surpassed the Celtics' Red Auerbach for the coaching record. Fisher, president of the NBA players association, credits Jackson for being "willing to stick with certain people that he believes can help get the job done." --Jessica Shambora
"Is it authentic? Money is not the issue...I don't want to do it if it doesn't feel authentic."
-- NBA star LeBron James in a 2007 Fortune cover story. Last night, James became the fastest player in NBA history to score 12,000 career points--at the ripe age of 24 years and 35 days. He eclipsed Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who held the record at 25 years and 220 days. MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Feb 4, 2009 6:53 PM ET
"You've come a long way, baby."
That was one of many heartfelt messages that Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, shared with the WNBA and its guests last week at in San Francisco. The WNBA's Inspiring Women luncheon was held to honor Roberts and send the U.S. Women's Olympic Basketball Team off to Beijing.
Roberts was talking primarily about the growth of the women's pro basketball league. Game attendance and MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Aug 6, 2008 1:00 PM ET
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