If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.
I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.
The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.
Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them.
One of the most predictable things in life is there will be change. You are better off if you can have a say in the change. But you are ignorant or naive if you don't think there will be change, whether you want it to or not.
Attitude is altitude.
I keep both eyes on my man. The basket hasn't moved on me yet.
I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals.
I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence.
Right up until the time I retired at age 37, I felt like there were still things that I could do better.
To be great we need to win games we aren't supposed to win.
My mom is one of 14 children. She's a great lady. She's a Taurus. Has been a profound influence in my life, still is to this day. Born in meager surroundings in rural South Carolina.
It's better to stay too long than to leave too soon.
If you do things with a certain type of result and cause a certain type of reaction or effect, then you increase your market value. It's very much a competition for the entertainment dollar, and that's never been more clearly evident than in today's NBA game.
Goals determine what you're going to be.
I demand more from myself than anybody could ever expect.
The ones who become stars or superstars are the ones who have a head on their shoulders and know how to use it.
Goals determine what you are going to be
I always try to keep a pretty conservative demeanor on the court.
I am very proud to be featured, especially when you consider the outstanding champions who have had this honor. It is great company to be in.
When I get a chance to power jump off both legs, I can lean, twist, change directions and decide whether to dunk the ball or pass it to an open man. In other words, I may be committed to the air, but I still have some control over it.
I grabbed 19 rebounds in my first professional game, and somehow found a way to score 20 points. I felt real good about it. I felt that this was the beginning of something good.
When I played, the owners had the power. The prisoners are running the prison now, not the warden. The warden is strong and he has say so but, the balance of power is definitely with the players.
When the crowd appreciates you, it encourages you to be a little more daring, I think.
Many people think sports are totally physical, that you don't have to think, everything is done for you and you're catered to, I found that to be so far removed from the truth that it's almost a joke. The ones who become stars are the ones who have a head on their shoulders and know how to use it.
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