Quotations on Basketball

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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.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(Keywords: Time, People, Basketball, Being, Court)

I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(Keywords: Dreams, Basketball, Kids)

I have been coaching recently. I coached high school basketball in Arizona, and I hope that more opportunities become available.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
(Keywords: Hope, Basketball, Coaching, School)

Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.
- Red Auerbach
(Keywords: War, Basketball, Defense, First, Weapons)

If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.
- Charles Barkley
(Keywords: People, Basketball, Direction)

I've always been like that. I was a tomboy when I was a kid, so I was always playing baseball and basketball and football and stuff as a kid with the boys.
- Catherine Bell
(Keywords: Baseball, Basketball, Boys, Football)

Trying to take money out of politics is like trying to take jumping out of basketball.
- Bill Bradley
(Keywords: Money, Politics, Basketball, Trying)

I had no experience with broadcasting basketball games, so I took a tape recorder and went to a playground where there was a summer league, and I stood up in the top of the stands and I called the game.
- Ed Bradley
(Keywords: Experience, Basketball, Games, Summer)

My personal life is the same. At the end of the day, this is just a job. I love what I do, and it's a great job. But it's like my alter ego. There's Chris Brown the singer. And there's Christopher Brown, the down-home Tappahannock boy that plays video games and basketball and hangs out.
- Chris Brown
(Keywords: Life, Love, Basketball, Day, Ego, End, Games, Job)

I like low-maintenance girls, but at the same time, classy. She needs to take care of herself. But also be a girl who isn't afraid to get sweaty and play basketball, so it's cool if she's a tomboy.
- Chris Brown
(Keywords: Time, Basketball, Care, Girls, Needs, Play)

But the point of using the number was to show that sex was a great part of my life as basketball was a great part of my life. That's the reason why I was single.
- Wilt Chamberlain
(Keywords: Life, Sex, Basketball, Reason)

I also developed an interest in sports, and played in informal games at a nearby school yard where the neighborhood children met to play touch football, baseball, basketball and occasionally, ice hockey.
- Steven Chu
(Keywords: Sports, Baseball, Basketball, Children, Football, Games, Interest, Play, School)

I always dreamt of being a basketball player. A dream that only I believed in.
- David Duchovny
(Keywords: Dream, Basketball, Being)

I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence.
- Julius Erving
(Keywords: Home, Basketball, Being, Influence, Learning)

And from the first time I picked up a basketball at age eight - I had a lot of difficulty when I first picked up a basketball, because I was a scrub - there were things that I liked about it.
- Julius Erving
(Keywords: Age, Time, Basketball, Difficulty, First)

I had all the normal interests - I played basketball and I headed the school paper. But I also developed very early a great love for music and literature and the theater.
- Carlisle Floyd
(Keywords: Love, Music, Basketball, Literature, School, Theater)

I enjoy listening to classical music and heavy metal. I play basketball and try to go diving at least once a year. I don't really have hobbies in the traditional sense... I engage in too many activities already through the actions of my characters.
- Alan Dean Foster
(Keywords: Music, Actions, Basketball, Hobbies, Listening, Play, Sense)

I also tell them that your education can take you way farther than a football, baseball, track, or basketball will - that's just the bottom line.
- Bo Jackson
(Keywords: Education, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Will)

To see a player dunk in women's college basketball is just amazing. It's great to see that the game has reached that level now.
- Holly Johnson
(Keywords: Women, Basketball, College, Now)

I wanted to do two things when I was growing up, about your age. I wanted to play in the NBA, and I wanted to be a businessman after my basketball career was over, and that is what I am doing now.
- Magic Johnson
(Keywords: Age, Basketball, Career, Growing up, Now, Play)

It's very warm there, so we were outdoors all the time. The local people had programs for us year-round, where as kids we had the opportunity to play football, basketball, baseball, track and field - we just went from one sport to the next, year-round.
- Rafer Johnson
(Keywords: Time, People, Opportunity, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Kids, Play)

If there wasn't any business and it was just strictly basketball, then there would be no issue, it would probably be done by now. But the team has to protect.
- Jason Kidd
(Keywords: Business, Basketball, Now)

As I've said, basketball has been, I think, a real cooperative venture. There have been a lot of people that have been involved in it: coaches, administrators - not recently - fans and nobody, nobody any more so than students over the years.
- Bobby Knight
(Keywords: People, Basketball, Coaches, Fans, Students, Years)

As all of us with any involvement in sports knows, no two umpires or no two referees have the same strike zone or call the same kind of a basketball game.
- Herb Kohl
(Keywords: Sports, Basketball, Zone)

I've tried to handle winning well, so that maybe we'll win again, but I've also tried to handle failure well. If those serve as good examples for teachers and kids, then I hope that would be a contribution I have made to sport. Not just basketball, but to sport.
- Mike Krzyzewski
(Keywords: Failure, Hope, Winning, Basketball, Kids, Teachers)

The cast gets along pretty well, it's a good work environment. I hang out a lot with Brett Claywell, he plays Tim Smith on the show. We play plenty of basketball.
- James Lafferty
(Keywords: Work, Basketball, Environment, Play, Pretty)

I had never picked up a basketball before. I went through a grueling audition process. It was almost as if I was learning to walk. It would be like teaching somebody to dance ballet for a role.
- Sanaa Lathan
(Keywords: Dance, Ballet, Basketball, Learning, Teaching)

Magic Johnson, former basketball player, may run for mayor of LA in the next election. Remember the good 'ol days when only qualified people ran for office like actors and professional wrestlers.
- Jay Leno
(Keywords: People, Actors, Basketball, Magic, May, Office)

Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.
- John Leonard
(Keywords: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Machine, Tension)

My goals have gone from being an all-star to just being able to play basketball. I always took for granted that I could play. Now I know what a gift it is.
- Rebecca Lobo
(Keywords: Goals, Basketball, Being, Now, Play)

My life had no meaning at all. I found only brief interludes of satisfaction. It was like my whole life had been about my whole basketball career.
- Pete Maravich
(Keywords: Life, Basketball, Career, Meaning, Satisfaction)

I live in L.A., so I go to basketball games. But I love baseball.
- Penny Marshall
(Keywords: Love, Baseball, Basketball, Games)

And my father didn't have money for me to go to college. And at that particular time they didn't have black quarterbacks, and I don't think I could have made it in basketball, because I was only 5' 11". So I just picked baseball.
- Willie Mays
(Keywords: Money, Time, Father, Baseball, Basketball, College)

I coach my daughter's softball and basketball team. We go to all the school functions. We go out to eat at night and take the kids to the movies. We try to be as normal as we can.
- Tim McGraw
(Keywords: Movies, Daughter, Basketball, Coach, Kids, Night, School)

Every little kid that steps on the court or the field has aspirations to go pro. I think being a pro basketball player is the best job. The thing I had to realize was that I can't do every dream that I have.
- Brian McKnight
(Keywords: Dream, Aspirations, Basketball, Being, Court, Job)

Basketball, in America, is like a culture. It is like a foreigner learning a new language. It is difficult to learn foreign languages and it will also be difficult for me to learn the culture for basketball here.
- Yao Ming
(Keywords: America, Basketball, Culture, Language, Learning, Will)

In my first film, I was a basketball player. Like every good actor, I lied when they asked me if I could play.
- David Morse
(Keywords: Actor, Basketball, Film, First, Play)

The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play 'Drop the Handkerchief.'
- James Naismith
(Keywords: Accident, Basketball, Boys, Invention, Play)

I am sure that no man can derive more pleasure from money or power than I do from seeing a pair of basketball goals in some out of the way place.
- James Naismith
(Keywords: Money, Power, Goals, Basketball, Man, Pleasure)

My father was a soccer player. All my friends played basketball though, so I stuck with basketball.
- Steve Nash
(Keywords: Father, Basketball, Friends, Soccer)

And I want to do it the right way, like everybody else, not just a famous figurehead that gets a job because he is a famous basketball player. I want to really learn the business.
- Shaquille O'Neal
(Keywords: Business, Basketball, Famous, Job, Right, Want)

When I look at the system here and look at my position - not just as a basketball player, but when I look around me at the values of the people and the culture and compare them with the values of where I came from - I feel so blessed to be from Africa.
- Hakeem Olajuwon
(Keywords: People, Values, Basketball, Culture)

I think I was a good student, because I jumped over a school. My main interest was basically history and literature. Sports were basically basketball and swimming at a pool. I was so happy.
- Shimon Peres
(Keywords: History, Sports, Basketball, Interest, Literature, School)

I think we have our sports within our own culture that are huge with baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. Those are the sports in America that we grow up with and soccer isn't really there yet.
- Claudio Reyna
(Keywords: Sports, America, Baseball, Basketball, Culture, Football, Soccer)

That's the awesome part. Little girls now have a chance to look up and see women playing soccer, basketball, softball and now hockey - and know they can win a gold medal, too.
- Angela Ruggiero
(Keywords: Women, Basketball, Chance, Girls, Gold, Now, Soccer)

Football, basketball, and the Olympic sports all have their problems with banned substances.
- Jim Sensenbrenner
(Keywords: Sports, Basketball, Football, Problems)

When I was growing up, we used to play basketball in a park that was never shoveled when it snowed. The basketball rims were never fixed. And we understood then that there was a relationship between public policy and our quality of life.
- DeForest Soaries
(Keywords: Life, Quality, Policy, Basketball, Growing up, Play, Public, Public policy)

We look for opportunities to play together including basketball, tennis, swimming, riding bikes and touch football. I try to provide a loving environment where we can play. I think that's good on so many levels - emotionally, for family interactions and, of course, physically.
- Alan Thicke
(Keywords: Family, Basketball, Environment, Football, Play, Tennis)

If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life.
- Isaiah Thomas
(Keywords: Life, Basketball, Being, Job, Rest)

I try to never lose sight of what a special time it is to be a women's basketball player.
- Sue Wicks
(Keywords: Time, Women, Basketball, Sight)



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