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!
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.
The players have no real self-esteem when it comes to putting the best image out there in a real competitive fashion.
I think that basketball players should get the job done no matter how it looks on the screen.
Basketball is basketball.
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.
I was taught to play that way when I was in high school and even before I got to high school.
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.
They should have a rule: in order to be a sportswriter, you have to have played that sport, at some level; high school, college, junior college, somewhere. Or, you should have had to have been around the game for a long time.
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.
Actually, Magic and the Lakers beat Philadelphia for Magic's first NBA Championship.
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'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.
Now, I guess, people want stars. People are trying to invent stars.
This is where young players today want to land. They want to be NBA players because of the money.
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.
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.
I don't think that players learn how to play any other aspect of the game in high school or college.
If you're a basketball player, you've got to shoot.
People say that, but I think the NBA was bigger than Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
We're all Americans trying to compete. Magic was competing for his team and Larry for his team.
You need a teaching coach who understands the game of basketball, not just some guy coming on the court talking about Xs and Os.
But I like to think an athlete is an athlete.
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