Basketball is one of those rare opportunities where you can make a difference, not only for yourself, but for other people as well.
No matter how good you get, there's always something further out there.
Growing up, my parents were very, very strict. And then I went to UCLA with John Wooden, who was just off the charts.
That's what makes it so fun to be on a team. You're sitting at your house, thinking up this wild, crazy stuff as to how it's going to go, and the other guys are sitting at their houses doing the same thing.
I don't sleep much. I'm on the go. My mind is racing. My wife says my mind is like the rolling dials on a slot machine. So, yeah, I think about everything.
Well, we've made some changes on this tour. We're no longer sleeping in the parking lots and swimming in the fountains. We've been staying in hotels most of the way, though I will say some hotels have declined to take us because we're just having too much fun.
I mean, I'm 6-foot-11, I've got red hair, freckles, I'm a goofy, nerdy-looking guy, I've got a speech impediment-I stutter and stammer all the time-and I'm a Deadhead.
Without question, no hesitation, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the best player I ever played against.
Tracy McGrady is doing things we've never seen from anybody - from any planet!
I might be the most injured athlete in the history of sports. I've had 31 operations. An endless string of stress fractures.
At 49, I can say something I never would have said when I was a player. I am a better person because of my failures and disgraces.
Mick Jagger is in better shape than far too many NBA players. It's up in the air whether the same can be said of Keith Richards.
I was a skinny, scrawny guy. I stuttered horrendously, couldn't speak at all. I was a very shy, reserved player and a very shy, reserved person. I found a safe place in life in basketball.
I'm mainstream. Always have been.
Life is about growth. People are not perfect when they're 21 years old.
Bill Russell was my favorite player of all-time.
Right now, you know, it's not about the refs or anything else, it's about hitting first, getting on the run and never looking back.
But you have to understand, my beard is so nasty. I mean, it's the only beard in the history of Western civilization that makes Bob Dylan's beard look good.
No one missed more basketball in the history of NBA than I did. I played 14 seasons, on the roster for 14 years, and I missed more than nine-and-a-half full seasons.
Tim Duncan's foot issue, I think, is a major factor in this year's playoffs. That's not the kind of injury that gets better over time playing NBA basketball.
I couldn't imagine not playing basketball. To me, basketball is what life is all about.
In basketball, you can be the greatest individual player in the world and still lose every game, because a team will always beat an individual.
John Stockton is one of the true marvels, not just of basketball, or in America, but in the history of Western Civilization!
Chick Hearn was my favorite broadcaster ever - he's the one who taught me to think basketball, how to love basketball.
We can never thank David Stern enough. His vision to use basketball to improve the quality of our lives to make this world a better and saner place, that guy, is the most important man in the history of basketball.
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