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'I was getting hot flashes and sweats on a regular basis. That's not normal, even for my age.'


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


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'The '80s made up for all the abuse I took during the '70s. I outlived all my critics. By the time I retired, everybody saw me as a venerable institution. Things do change.'


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'My grandfather and my uncle both died from colorectal cancer, my dad almost died from it and I have the gene for it.'


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


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


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'Jackie Robinson, as an athlete and as someone who was trying to make a stand for equality, he was exemplary.'


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


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'I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.'


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'My health is fine.'


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'The type of leukemia that I am dealing with is treatable. So if I do what my doctors tell me to do - get my blood checked regularly, take my meds and consult with my doctor and follow any additional instructions he might make - I will be able to maintain '


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'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.'


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'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.'


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


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'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.'


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


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


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


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'I hope to be involved in a successful movie script.'


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'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.'


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'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.'


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'Music is really something that makes people whole.'


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'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.'


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'When I was a kid, no one would believe anything positive that you could say about black people. That's a terrible burden.'


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'What I have is P.H. positive chronic myeloid leukemia, which is an aberration in your white blood cells.'


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


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'Sports and entertainment are the only places where inner-city kids see themselves being able to succeed. Their intellectual development is something they don't relate to.'


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


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'If not for the success that medicine has made, I might be part of a much different story right now.'


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'I would suggest that teachers show their students concrete examples of the negative effects of the actions that gangsta rappers glorify.'


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


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'I'm not comfortable being preachy, but more people need to start spending as much time in the library as they do on the basketball court.'


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'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.'

 

 

 

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