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 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.
The triple-double is just a stat. It's a test of your strength and stamina and playing ability, really.
Who do I think was the greatest? This might shock you: Elgin Baylor. He did so many great things. Nobody could guard him, playing in the forward spot. I'd love to see some of today's greats playing against Elgin. They couldn't guard him. Nobody could.
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.
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.
I think that teaching coaches are the norm now.
Just fundamental things - I played guard and I played forward, so you get into a position where you are pivoting out on the court.
There's so many young peoople who start to play basketball and never learn the fundamentals.
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 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.
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