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.
Basketball is basketball.
I think that basketball players should get the job done no matter how it looks on the screen.
But I like to think an athlete is an athlete.
I played on an all-black high school team and we didn't want people saying that we were clowns.
I'm sorry that the young athletes in basketball will not get the chance to play (in the Olympics) anymore, and live that dream.
People will think there are no other great ballplayers. Look at Garnett. Look at Duncan, Shaq, Kobe. Look at the players with Sacramento. The have a really good basketball team.
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.
You see what happens in college and high school games today - a three-point shot or a dunk. I think that's the reason that you see a lot of that in the pros today.
But I think the image that's thrown out on television is a bad image. Because you see players who want to imitate hip-hop stars. And the NBA is taking advantage of the situation.
It's a sad commentary when I have to say that sometimes in our country we are real sensitive to race.
Some players are more physical than others, some play with more finesse. Some are just really great all-around players. So you have to change your game.
When I started playing, I wasn't fast, I was gangly, my jumpshot was terrible.
The thing about it is almost everyone could pass that way, but we were kept from doing it by our coaches.
But if people are buying the products, naturally they're gonna use them.
I think no one has written a history of the great coaches who were around 30 to 40 years ago who taught the fundamentals.
The Olympics were great, because you had to make the team, and then go to the games. Now, I don't know, these guys today don't want to do anything like that.
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 you play guard, you're not going to block a lot of shots. Inside, you're going to block shots.
But when I did it (the triple-double), I didn't even know it until someone told me.
Just because it is an All-Star Game doesn't mean that you are playing as efficiently as you should.
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