John Havlicek Quotes

Look at some memorable quotes from John Havlicek and also other players that either spent their time keeping up with him as an opponent or marveling at his dominance as a teammate.


“Over the years, I’ve had hundreds of shots blocked. You’ve got to go in and take chances.”John Havlicek

Whether I start or come off the bench makes no difference to me. My game has always been go as hard as I can as long as I can.” – John Havlicek

“If you are honest with yourself and can look into a mirror and believe that you have given 100 percent, you should feel proud. If you cannot, then there is more work to be done.”John Havlicek

“Over the years, I have pushed myself mentally and I have pushed myself physically. A lot of people say ‘John Havlicek never gets tired.’ Well, I get tired. It’s just a matter of pushing myself. I say to myself, ‘He’s as tired as I am; who’s going to win this mental battle?’ It’s just a matter of mental toughness.”John Havlicek

“Take his body apart and see what’s in it.”

Geoff Petrie, on what should be done to Havlicek after he retires.

“A road runner taking you through every ditch, every irrigation canal, barbed wire fence and cattle guard.”

Pete Newell, on what it is like to guard John Havlicek

“There is no argument that he wasn’t the greatest sixth man in NBA history. He was an…amazing, astonishing player.”

Bob Ryan, on John Havlicek

“He was the best all-around player I ever saw.”

Bill Russell, said about John Havlicek in 1974

“People look at players, watch them dribble between their legs and they say, ‘There’s a superstar.’  Well John Havlicek is a superstar, and most of the others are figments of writers’ imagination.”

Jerry West, on John Havlicek