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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar quotes

I've never been a person to share my private life, but I can help save lives.

If not for the success that medicine has made, I might be part of a much different story right now.

Music is really something that makes people whole.

Your mind is what makes everything else work.

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.

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.

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.

The game has basically not changed since I ended my career.

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.

As brilliant an individual that Michael Jordan was, he was not successful until he got with a good team unit.

A team will always appreciate a great individual if he's willing to sacrifice for the group.

A lot of players think the game is all about individual performances when it's really all about a team game.

I think black Americans expect too much from individual black Americans in terms of changing the status quo.

Michael Jordan and Magic and myself all learned how to play the game in college programs that emphasized the team.

When we went up against teams that were better, I just hoped that we could steal the victories.

There are a lot of authors in the world, so it's difficult to find a unique niche to present your take on things. That is always a challenge for any author.

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.

If not shown appreciation, it gets to you.

Five guys on the court working together can achieve more than five talented individuals who come and go as individuals.

I think race has been a burden for black Americans. Being Muslim has also been a challenge because so many people do not understand Islam.