Point #16

Jim Thompson / January 2nd, 2017

The Chicago Bulls have benched Rajon Rondo. His response?

“I’m going to continue to work. Play more 1-on-1. Stay fit. Take care of my body. Lift. And give these young guys as much advice as I can while I’m on the bench supporting them.”

-Rajon Rondo

Point #15

Jim Thompson / December 19th, 2016

Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over what is fun, fast, or easy; and choosing to practice your values rather than simply professing them.


Point #14

Jim Thompson / December 18th, 2016

“I wasn’t taking the game seriously enough before. I needed to get knocked down a bit. I changed my diet, started going to bed earlier, and only drinking water. I realized that if I was going to have a career I needed to put in the extra work.”

-Tim Hardaway Jr

Point #13

Jim Thompson / November 21st, 2016

“At some point everyone gets an opportunity. When that door opens for you, will you be ready to bust through it, or let it slam in your face?”

-Tim S. Grover

Point #12

Jim Thompson / September 18th, 2016

“We all see a lot of talent in this league, but the things that make the player great—the chemistry, what type of guy he is, his work ethic, his passion, the basketball IQ side of things—these are what make the difference, because talent only goes so far.”

-Lebron James

Point #11

Jim Thompson / August 13th, 2016

“So my idea was just work hard, don’t worry about anybody else, don’t worry about distractions, don’t worry about obstacles or injuries. Just do your job, focus on you. You need to have that trust, that faith in yourself. That’s my mindset.”

-CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers

Point #10

Jim Thompson / August 3rd, 2016

“The difference between being good and great is not about the athlete. It’s not about five-star recruits. It’s about the little things. It’s about the mental and physical toughness to make those plays in close games. It’s about your approach. It’s about being a pro. There’s a reason less talented teams win games. It’s because they are tougher.”

-Brian Polian, Head Football Coach, Nevada

Point #9

Jim Thompson / July 2nd, 2016

No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.

-Brian Tracy (Goals)

Point #8

Jim Thompson / March 12th, 2016

“On my end, it’s about working hard, being a good teammate, work ethic, and showing the skill sets that they expect me to show. Specifically the ability to be versatile, the ability to get on base, the ability to be athletic on the field, cause disruption.”

– Jemile Weeks, SD Padres Infielder

Point #7

Jim Thompson / February 19th, 2016

“I’m disappointed because both players are seniors. I try to get them to understand that leadership is more than just on the floor. It’s off the floor, it’s on the road, it’s in the classroom. They have to set an example for the rest of this team.”

-Former USD Coach Bill Grier, on benching his starting guards for violation of team rules