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" I think black Americans expect too much from individual black Americans in terms of changing the status quo. "
" 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. "
" Practices were tough. "
" 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. "
" You got guys now declaring they're ready to play pro ball in their second or third year of high school. It's crazy! They're missing so much. "
" I felt that a number of people might have questioned my loyalty, but I continue to be a patriotic American. "
" When we went up against teams that were better, I just hoped that we could steal the victories. "
" I saw Islam as the correct way to live, and I chose to try to live that way. "
" I hope to be involved in a successful movie script. "
" I want to do as little as possible when I finish playing ball - just spend a lot more time with my family. "
" 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. "
" I've always tried to stay out of the fray and not be an object of controversy. "
" My biggest accomplishment has been making a transition from athlete to author. "
" Center is a very tough position to play. "
" I'm not exaggerating when I say that the 761st was Patton's best tank unit and nobody knew about it. "
" I feel that there has been progress made since I was a boy on matters of race, but we have a long way to go. "
" 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. "
" A team will always appreciate a great individual if he's willing to sacrifice for the group. "
" I expect more people from China and Asia to end up in the NBA. "
" 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. "
" Reporters used to ask me the same inane questions year-in and year-out, city-to-city, and it would drive me crazy. "
" I would suggest that teachers show their students concrete examples of the negative effects of the actions that gangsta rappers glorify. "
" As brilliant an individual that Michael Jordan was, he was not successful until he got with a good team unit. "
" I pitched and I played the outfield. "
" I'm the baddest among the bad guys. "
" I can do something else besides stuff a ball through a hoop. My biggest resource is my mind. "
" I totally alienated some reporters as I retreated. "
" There are a lot of authors in the world, so it's difficult to find a unique niche to present your take on things. That is always a challenge for any author. "
" Today's youth are told to get rich or die trying and they really shouldn't take that attitude forward with them. "
" When I was 17, I worked in a mentoring program in Harlem designed to improve the community. That's when I first gained an appreciation of the Harlem Renaissance, a time when African-Americans rose to prominence in American culture. For the first time, they were taken seriously as artists, musicians, writers, athletes, and as political thinkers. "
" What I have is P.H. positive chronic myeloid leukemia, which is an aberration in your white blood cells. "