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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar quotes

Center is a very tough position to play.

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.

The transition was difficult. It's hard to stop something that you've enjoyed and that has been very rewarding.

Black people don't have an accurate idea of their history, which has been either suppressed or distorted.

I felt that a number of people might have questioned my loyalty, but I continue to be a patriotic American.

I got all A's and was hated for it; I spoke correctly and was called a punk.

Islam is about finding your own space.

My choosing Islam was not a political statement; it was a spiritual statement.

OK, I'll put it like this: I doubt if we will see another All-American basketball athlete who is a Rhodes Scholar.

Yoga is just good for you.

You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go... Don't ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.

High school dropouts are forfeiting their opportunity to pursue the American Dream.

I can do something else besides stuff a ball through a hoop. My biggest resource is my mind.

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.

I didn't really seek attention. I just wanted to play the game well and go home.

I enjoy seeing new places.

I feel like I've always been a full-time historian, but nobody knows it.

I have been coaching recently. I coached high school basketball in Arizona, and I hope that more opportunities become available.

I hope to be involved in a successful movie script.

I just like seeing the world, and it doesn't matter where.