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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar quotes

I rooted for the Dodgers when they were in Brooklyn.

I think a lot of people, if they get the opportunity to do some acting, they think, 'I might be a star.'

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

I think the NBA players have to be held accountable in a reasonable way, just like any other professionals.

I wanted to play baseball!

It's hard for young players to see the big picture. They just see three or four years down the road.

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

The 3-point shot has created a situation in the game akin to 'Lotto' fever.

When I was a kid, no one would believe anything positive that you could say about black people. That's a terrible burden.

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.

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.

I saw Islam as the correct way to live, and I chose to try to live that way.

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.

I would suggest that teachers show their students concrete examples of the negative effects of the actions that gangsta rappers glorify.

I expect more people from China and Asia to end up in the NBA.

I think someone should explain to the child that it's OK to make mistakes. That's how we learn. When we compete, we make mistakes.