Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Quotes
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.
Today's youth are told to get rich or die trying and they really shouldn't take that attitude forward with them.
The type of leukemia that I am dealing with is treatable. So if I do what my doctors tell me to do - get my blood checked regularly, take my meds and consult with my doctor and follow any additional instructions he might make - I will be able to maintain my good health and live my life with a minimum of disruptions to my lifestyle.
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.
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.
My mother had to send me to the movies with my birth certificate, so that I wouldn't have to pay the extra fifty cents that the adults had to pay.
My grandfather and my uncle both died from colorectal cancer, my dad almost died from it and I have the gene for it.
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.
Jackie Robinson, as an athlete and as someone who was trying to make a stand for equality, he was exemplary.
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.
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.
I'm not exaggerating when I say that the 761st was Patton's best tank unit and nobody knew about it.
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.