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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.

Your mind is what makes everything else work.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Today's youth are told to get rich or die trying and they really shouldn't take that attitude forward with them.

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.