You've got to learn the footwork, the positioning, how to box out, how to pass, how to shoot your free throws. All these things are necessary, not to be the No. 1 player in the world, but maybe you can play against him.
It's like all guys want to do is make a dunk, grab their shirt and yell out and scream - they could be down 30 points but that's what they do. Okay, so you made a dunk. Get back down the floor on defense!
When you play against different people from all walks of life you can't do the same thing against every player defensively or offensively. You have to change up the way you go at a player.
It's a sad commentary when I have to say that sometimes in our country we are real sensitive to race.
I think that everyone should be able to dribble. Everyone should be able to pass. Otherwise, why are you out there?
When I came into the league, once a team drafted you, they owned you forever. If they didn't like the clothes you wore, or the car you drove, they could blackball you.
I played when I played, and played, I think, against the greatest players in the greatest time in the history of basketball.
You don't cut anywhere, don't pick down anywhere, don't double screen, no weak side picking. All these things that should happen in a game of basketball don't happen anymore.
I don't think that players learn how to play any other aspect of the game in high school or college.
I'm sorry that the young athletes in basketball will not get the chance to play (in the Olympics) anymore, and live that dream.
If you're a basketball player, you've got to shoot.
Just because it is an All-Star Game doesn't mean that you are playing as efficiently as you should.
Just fundamental things - I played guard and I played forward, so you get into a position where you are pivoting out on the court.
Look, I think you should promote the game, but I think you should make it what it ought to be. Not some kind of a side-show.
Now, I guess, people want stars. People are trying to invent stars.
People say that, but I think the NBA was bigger than Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
You have to teach now - tell a kid how to box out, tell him how to pass, teach him footwork. Players don't understand that anymore.
You look at today, it's a different situation. You have a game that has been transformed into a game where almost every shot is either an outside shot - a three-point shot - or a dunk.
I'd like to think that the nature of the two teams - Boston being a championship team over the years and the Lakers, same thing - was a lot bigger than Larry Bird or Magic Johnson.
I was taught to play that way when I was in high school and even before I got to high school.
I think that teaching coaches are the norm now.
I think that basketball players should get the job done no matter how it looks on the screen.
But after that you don't see a lot of real good fundamental play. You see a showboat-type basketball which is almost parallel to street basketball.
Actually, Magic and the Lakers beat Philadelphia for Magic's first NBA Championship.
But I like to think an athlete is an athlete.
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