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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar quotes

This is what I would have done if I had to have a real job: I would have been a history teacher.

I always thought I could do a good job coaching, but the opportunities have not presented themselves.

The extra pass and the extra effort on defense always get the job done.

As a parent, I have a job as a role model to my children, and by extension, to other young people.

Even when there are adverse circumstances, I try to do my job. And I usually do.

One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.

You can't win unless you learn how to lose.

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.

I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream.

Fundamental preparation is always effective. Work on those parts of your game that are fundamentally weak.

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.

I want people to understand that I intend to continue living and doing all the things that I love to do up until the end. And the end is by no means rushing up on me.

Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody.

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.

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.

I am highly offended by the total lack of acknowledgement of my contribution to Laker success.

I have always thought that writers come with any variety of attributes. Some are capable and some aren't.

I have to say I have an incredible musical education because of my father.

I think I did very well against everyone who tried to defend me.

I want to do as little as possible when I finish playing ball - just spend a lot more time with my family.