With the crowds on your side, it’s easier to play up to your potential.
Because of the makeup of the NBA, it cannot afford for the public to turn on them.
I pulled the plug on it at a time that I thought was right for me to exit.
If you’re not doing what is best for your body, you are the one who lose.
You know, just in terms of having to have a life on the road, you know, having the celebrity aspect be a burden for my family, friends and extended family.
The ones who become stars or superstars are the ones who have a head on their shoulders and know how to use it.
I always try to keep a pretty conservative demeanor on the court.
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.
There’s the typical books, Moby Dick and, I guess in my adult life I began to read biographies more than fiction. I started to want to relate to other people’s lives, things that had really happened.
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 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.
I think I was chosen by basketball, although I never really physically got drafted to any team that I played for.
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.
I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals.
Attitude is altitude.
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.
I started playing professional basketball in 1971, and I played professionally for five seasons before going to Philadelphia.
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.
The first professional game that I ever played remains, to me, the most exciting moment of my professional career.
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.
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 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.
Being a typical Pisces, I might have experienced mood shifts, but I don’t remember any depression, or needing to do anything, or to have someone bring me out of being depressed.
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 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.
As a kid, I played a lot of one-on-none.
I came from a broken home, so my mom was a major influence in my life.
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.
Goals determine what you’re going to be.
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.
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 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.