My grandma always said bad things don't last forever.
I did some things I regret, and I know there are people who think they know me. I've heard the things they say, and some of them are hurtful.
You've got to play with pride and guts.
We're all products of our environment. The key is not to fall.
You want to remain hungry and stay in a good place as a competitor; at the same time, you want to be confident but not cocky. You have to realize that you can lose. We have to stay hungry, because losing is the worst thing that can happen now. That's a road we don't want to go down.
My grandmother was always upbeat, a naturally happy person. I think I got that from her.
There's pressure every night to be the best on the court. I put a lot of pressure on myself. Pressure is part of the game. It is also part of life. I want to prove I can do the work and be a success off the court as well as on it.
Either you can do it or you can't. I think I can overcome anything I put my mind to.
I've always felt that I'm a natural leader.
If I put my mind to something and really want it, I'll go after it and get it.
I've always been taught to care what other people think. My grandmother and mother taught me to project a positive image of myself.
In New York, the dunk is not the thing. To break somebody down and shoot a J-that's as big as a dunk in New York.
Me. I like to have fun. I'm like a kid in a candy story out there.
People have always told me, 'Yo, you're too unselfish. Shoot more.'
Perception rules the world. Everyone knows that. Where we live and where we're from, you just can't escape it.
I'm always going to be under a microscope, and I haven't always handled it well.
I'm a role model. I have overcome the negativity, and I'm playing.
Sometimes I still don't know if I'm prepared to go through the entire season, dealing with the different personalities, the crowds, the politics.
You walk in our locker room and you see Pau Gasol, you see Andrew Bynum, you see Kobe, you see Ron Artest ... we have so many players that can play.
The thing I love about the NBA game is that it's a playmaker's league.
There was a possibility I could have been out of the NBA. It's taught me something that was a little deeper than basketball. I'm talking about life decisions.
I'm just a basketball player, you know? Just put me where you need me.
Lamar is just Lamar. My teammates probably can explain that a little better than I can. If I just go out there and do what I do and be myself, it shouldn't be a problem.
I think a lot of the media love the game and hate the people who play it.
People tell me that I'm always smilin' on the court. I don't think about it. I just get emotional out there.
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