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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar quotes

You can't win if you don't play as a unit.

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.

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.

Center is a very tough position to play.

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

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

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.

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.