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.
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.
To be great we need to win games we aren't supposed to win.
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.
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.
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.
If you've experienced having control, you don't want to be moved to a subordinate position, if you have your druthers.
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.
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.
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