Famous Quotes By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


  1. 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.
  2. Black people don't have an accurate idea of their history, which has been either suppressed or distorted.
  3. I am highly offended by the total lack of acknowledgement of my contribution to Laker success.
  4. I did a book in 1996, an overview of black history. In that process I became more aware of a lot of the black inventors of the 19th century.
  5. I didn't really seek attention. I just wanted to play the game well and go home.
  6. I have been coaching recently. I coached high school basketball in Arizona, and I hope that more opportunities become available.
  7. I have to say I have an incredible musical education because of my father.
  8. I hope to be involved in a successful movie script.
  9. I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream.
  10. I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.
  11. 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.
  12. I want to do as little as possible when I finish playing ball - just spend a lot more time with my family.
  13. I was getting hot flashes and sweats on a regular basis. That's not normal, even for my age.
  14. I would suggest that teachers show their students concrete examples of the negative effects of the actions that gangsta rappers glorify.
  15. If not for the success that medicine has made, I might be part of a much different story right now.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Jackie Robinson, as an athlete and as someone who was trying to make a stand for equality, he was exemplary.
  20. Music is really something that makes people whole.
  21. Music rhythms are mathematical patterns. When you hear a song and your body starts moving with it, your body is doing math. The kids in their parents' garage practicing to be a band may not realize it, but they're also practicing math.
  22. My grandfather and my uncle both died from colorectal cancer, my dad almost died from it and I have the gene for it.
  23. My health is fine.
  24. My mother had to send me to the movies with my birth certificate, so that I wouldn't have to pay the extra fifty cents that the adults had to pay.
  25. 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.
  26. The '80s made up for all the abuse I took during the '70s. I outlived all my critics. By the time I retired, everybody saw me as a venerable institution. Things do change.
  27. This is what I would have done if I had to have a real job: I would have been a history teacher.
  28. Today's youth are told to get rich or die trying and they really shouldn't take that attitude forward with them.
  29. What I have is P.H. positive chronic myeloid leukemia, which is an aberration in your white blood cells.
  30. When I was a kid, no one would believe anything positive that you could say about black people. That's a terrible burden.
  31. You can't win unless you learn how to lose.

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