My homies that are around me never give me that ‘star pass’. I’ve hung out with some stars who are playing basketball and everyone let’s them score all the baskets. Shooting pool, they let them make all the shots. My homies don’t let me get away with that.
I was a kid who loved to play games. Any kind of game, any kind of ball. Give me a baseball, give me a basketball, give me something I can bounce and throw.
I can understand the frustration felt by the many basketball players who feel that they have been forced to conform with the league’s new dress code, .. Iverson and other NBA players have suggested that they will not abide by the league’s dress code, and Bodog.com will offer to reimburse any fines levied, and match the payment with a donation to each player’s charity of choice.
I’ve written in every imaginable location; a repurposed closet, the kitchen table, the bleachers while my kids had basketball practice, the front seat of the car when they were at soccer. In airports. On trains. In the break room when I was supposed to be wolfing down dinner. In the back of classrooms when I was supposed to be paying attention.
If you’re playing basketball with someone who’s better than you, you have to get better or else it’s no fun
I always try to keep a pretty conservative demeanor on the court.
With the crowds on your side, it’s easier to play up to your potential.
I pulled the plug on it at a time that I thought was right for me to exit.
I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals.
The first professional game that I ever played remains, to me, the most exciting moment of my professional career.
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 didn’t want to become a reserve player, or a bench player, and it was time to move on and take on another challenge.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
To be great we need to win games we aren’t supposed to win.
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 came from a broken home, so my mom was a major influence in my life.
Goals determine what you’re going to be.
The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.
I keep both eyes on my man. The basket hasn’t moved on me yet.
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 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.
I think I was chosen by basketball, although I never really physically got drafted to any team that I played for.
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.
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 demand more from myself than anybody could ever expect.
Attitude is altitude.
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.
I started playing professional basketball in 1971, and I played professionally for five seasons before going to Philadelphia.
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.
And I continued to grow until I was 25 years old.