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.
Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them.
The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.
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.
I keep both eyes on my man. The basket hasn't moved on me yet.
Goals determine what you are going to be
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.
I demand more from myself than anybody could ever expect.
Attitude is altitude.
I always try to keep a pretty conservative demeanor on the court.
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.
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.
Goals determine what you're going to be.
When the crowd appreciates you, it encourages you to be a little more daring, I think.
To be great we need to win games we aren't supposed to win.
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.
But you know, we have a very normal family. We've had our ups and downs. You know, we've had our issues, but we've had great cause for celebration.
I pulled the plug on it at a time that I thought was right for me to exit.
With the crowds on your side, it's easier to play up to your potential.
I started playing professional basketball in 1971, and I played professionally for five seasons before going to Philadelphia.
When I went to Philadelphia I was 26 years old and really sitting on top of the world. Family life, a professional career, plenty of friends and associates, and a good reputation, a wish list that could be the envy of many.
One of the things in the back of my mind is that, after my sports experience, I never want to be, totally consumed by any one endeavor, other than my family life.
My role models in the business were the older guys on my team when I first got there: Gray Scott, Adrian Smith, Roland Taylor. These were the guys who took me under their wing, and really schooled me in terms of what the business was about.
In a lot of areas of my life, particularly in my teenage years, I began to think about the world, and to think about the universe as being a part of my conscious everyday life.
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