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.
Goals determine what you're going to be.
I keep both eyes on my man. The basket hasn't moved on me yet.
Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them.
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.
When the crowd appreciates you, it encourages you to be a little more daring, I think.
I demand more from myself than anybody could ever expect.
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.
I think that my God-given physical attributes, big hands, and big feet, the way that I'm built, proportion-wise, just made basketball the most inviting sport for me to play.
It's better to stay too long than to leave too soon.
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 liked the game, I enjoyed the game, and the game fed me enough, and gave me enough rewards to reinforce that this is something that I should spend time doing, and that I could possibly make a priority in my life, versus other sports
I wanted to undertake the challenge of daring to be great.
I think I was chosen by basketball, although I never really physically got drafted to any team that I played for.
Attitude is altitude.
I always try to keep a pretty conservative demeanor on the court.
The first professional game that I ever played remains, to me, the most exciting moment of my professional career.
So much of becoming a good athlete involves bringing other things to the table, other than physical skills. It involves intelligence, it involves many of the things that you learn during the process of being educated. How to analyze, how to assess, how to equate, how to reason.
I came from a broken home, so my mom was a major influence in my life.
They are taking steps, but they are baby steps.
I didn't want to become a reserve player, or a bench player, and it was time to move on and take on another challenge.
I started playing professional basketball in 1971, and I played professionally for five seasons before going to Philadelphia.
And from the first time I picked up a basketball at age eight - I had a lot of difficulty when I first picked up a basketball, because I was a scrub - there were things that I liked about it.
If you get depressed about being the second-best team in the world, then you've got a problem.
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