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I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.
I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.
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I saw Islam as the correct way to live, and I chose to try to live that way.
You can't win unless you learn how to lose.
The type of leukemia that I am dealing with is treatable. So if I do what my doctors tell me to do - get my blood checked regularly, take my meds and consult with my doctor and follow any additional instructions he might make - I will be able to maintain my good health and live my life with a minimum of disruptions to my lifestyle.
Five guys on the court working together can achieve more than five talented individuals who come and go as individuals.
Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody.
When I was 17, I worked in a mentoring program in Harlem designed to improve the community. That's when I first gained an appreciation of the Harlem Renaissance, a time when African-Americans rose to prominence in American culture. For the first time, they were taken seriously as artists, musicians, writers, athletes, and as political thinkers.
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
Your mind is what makes everything else work.
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A lot of young players don't really know much about the history of the game and a lot of them are missing out on what the game is all about, especially the whole concept of sportsmanship and teamwork.
The word 'leukemia' is a very frightening word. In many instances, it's a killer and it's something that you have to deal with in a very serious and determined way if you're going to beat it.
I can do something else besides stuff a ball through a hoop. My biggest resource is my mind.
In athletics there's always been a willingness to cheat if it looks like you're not cheating. I think that's just a quirk of human nature.
LeBron James can get a shot off under any and all circumstances and he makes them.
In a typical history book, black Americans are mentioned in the context of slavery or civil rights. There's so much more to the story.
You can't win if you don't play as a unit.
I'm still my parent's child, I'm still me, but I made a choice. I evolved into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I think it has to do with evolution.
Sports and entertainment are the only places where inner-city kids see themselves being able to succeed. Their intellectual development is something they don't relate to.
As a parent, I have a job as a role model to my children, and by extension, to other young people.
If not shown appreciation, it gets to you.
Even when there are adverse circumstances, I try to do my job. And I usually do.
When the line started to blur between the fans and the players, sometimes things can get ugly.
High school dropouts are forfeiting their opportunity to pursue the American Dream.
I'm not comfortable being preachy, but more people need to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court.
I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream.
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