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.
I think that everyone should be able to dribble. Everyone should be able to pass. Otherwise, why are you out there?
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 think no one has written a history of the great coaches who were around 30 to 40 years ago who taught the fundamentals.
I think that basketball players should get the job done no matter how it looks on the screen.
I think that teaching coaches are the norm now.
I was taught to play that way when I was in high school and even before I got to high school.
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.
Basketball is basketball.
Actually, Magic and the Lakers beat Philadelphia for Magic's first NBA Championship.
I played on an all-black high school team and we didn't want people saying that we were clowns.
I don't know hardly any of the players who have the in-between game like me, who can go to any position on the court.
I don't blame David Stern because a player gets on the court and he doesn't put out competitively. No one can make you play if you don't want to play.
College coaches want to power the ball inside, they want (their post players) to power the ball up, but no one can shoot from that 15-foot area anymore.
But when I did it (the triple-double), I didn't even know it until someone told me.
But if people are buying the products, naturally they're gonna use them.
But I like to think an athlete is an athlete.
When you go into a game on offense, you make a couple moves and see what the defender is going to do. Then you pretty much can figure out what he is going to do against you - whether he carries his hands low or high, whether he is bumping or pushing, those type of things.
When I started playing, I wasn't fast, I was gangly, my jumpshot was terrible.
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.
We're all Americans trying to compete. Magic was competing for his team and Larry for his team.
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