As far as playing, I didn't care who guarded me - red, yellow, black. I just didn't want a white guy guarding me, because it's disrespect to my game.
I mean, the greatest athletes in the world are African-American.
I've got a theory that if you give 100% all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.
If there was a payment to the bank due, and we needed shoes, she'd get the shoes, and then deal with them guys at the bank. I don't mean she wouldn't pay the bank, but the children always came first.
The best player I ever played with was Dennis Johnson.
I don't know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody - somewhere - was practicing more than me.
Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It's being able to take it as well as dish it out. That's the only way you're going to get respect from the players.
Once you are labeled 'the best' you want to stay up there, and you can't do it by loafing around.
When it gets down to it, basketball is basketball