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

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


         

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.

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.


         


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.

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.


         

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

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


         


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.

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.


         

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

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


         

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

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


         

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

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


         

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

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


         

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

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


         

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

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


         


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

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


         

If there is moral insanity, " he said in a conspiratorial whisper, "then there may be the reverse, immoral sanity, if you will, that comes upon one suddenly, like a fever.

If there is moral insanity, " he said in a conspiratorial whisper, "then there may be the reverse, immoral sanity, if you will, that comes upon one suddenly, like a fever.


         

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

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


         

Islam is about finding your own space.

Islam is about finding your own space.


         

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.

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.