"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."
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Michael Jordan
"It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Mark Twain
"Golf is a good walk spoiled."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Mark Twain
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Hunter S. Thompson
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Henry David Thoreau
"I was getting hot flashes and sweats on a regular basis. That's not normal, even for my age."
"Today's youth are told to get rich or die trying and they really shouldn't take that attitude forward with them."
"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."
"My grandfather and my uncle both died from colorectal cancer, my dad almost died from it and I have the gene for it."
"I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream."