Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Quotes

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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.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The word ‘leukemia’ is a very frightening word. In many instances, it’s a killer and it’s something that you have to deal with in a very serious and determined way if you’re going to beat it.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The extra pass and the extra effort on defense always get the job done. 

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

As a parent, I have a job as a role model to my children, and by extension, to other young people. 

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I’m not going to disappear.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

It’s OK to make mistakes. That’s how we learn. When we compete, we make mistakes.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

My biggest accomplishment has been making a transition from athlete to author.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 

 

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.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Five guys on the court working together can achieve more than five talented individuals who come and go as individuals.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I think a lot of people, if they get the opportunity to do some acting, they think, ‘I might be a star.’

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

I think I really benefited from going to college.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

If they took the idea that they could escape poverty through education, I think it would make a more basic and long-lasting change in the way things happen. What we need are positive, realistic goals and the willingness to work. Hard work and practical goals.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I think I did very well against everyone who tried to defend me.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go. Don’t ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

A team will always appreciate a great individual if he’s willing to sacrifice for the group.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I think the NBA will certainly survive without Michael Jordan.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Your mind is what makes everything else work.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

My most memorable moment came in 1985 as we beat the Boston Celtics.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I can do something else besides stuff a ball through a hoop. My biggest resource is my mind.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I’ve always tried to stay out of the fray and not be an object of controversy.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Music is really something that makes people whole.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

LeBron James can get a shot off under any and all circumstances and he makes them.

-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 

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