I have to say I have an incredible musical education because of my father.
Cancer is a scary thing and you have to deal with it seriously.
My grandfather and my uncle both died from colorectal cancer, my dad almost died from it and I have the gene for it.
This is what I would have done if I had to have a real job: I would have been a history teacher.
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.
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 think a lot of people, if they get the opportunity to do some acting, they think, 'I might be a star.'
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 choosing Islam was not a political statement; it was a spiritual statement.
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.
When I was a kid, no one would believe anything positive that you could say about black people. That's a terrible burden.
I've never been a person to share my private life, but I can help save lives.
I always thought I could do a good job coaching, but the opportunities have not presented themselves.
You're never really cancer-free and I should have known that.
Jackie Robinson, as an athlete and as someone who was trying to make a stand for equality, he was exemplary.
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.
I need about three seats lengthwise to sleep on a plane. It's not easy for me to curl up.
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.
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.
I felt that a number of people might have questioned my loyalty, but I continue to be a patriotic American.
The 3-point shot has created a situation in the game akin to 'Lotto' fever.
LeBron James can get a shot off under any and all circumstances and he makes them.
My most memorable moment came in 1985 as we beat the Boston Celtics.
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.
What I have is P.H. positive chronic myeloid leukemia, which is an aberration in your white blood cells.
Fundamental preparation is always effective. Work on those parts of your game that are fundamentally weak.
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.
OK, I'll put it like this: I doubt if we will see another All-American basketball athlete who is a Rhodes Scholar.
I think black Americans expect too much from individual black Americans in terms of changing the status quo.
Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody.
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.
High school dropouts are forfeiting their opportunity to pursue the American Dream.
Michael Jordan and Magic and myself all learned how to play the game in college programs that emphasized the team.
I can do something else besides stuff a ball through a hoop. My biggest resource is my mind.
After practice, I would have to go back to the dorm and take a nap.
I feel like I've always been a full-time historian, but nobody knows it.
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.
I would suggest that teachers show their students concrete examples of the negative effects of the actions that gangsta rappers glorify.