I'm at peace with myself. The main thing is not letting people dictate what I do or what I am.

I've always been a leader my whole life. I've always led. I didn't know how to do anything else.

For a long time, I'd work until 10 or 11. When I work, I'm on. I'm 'Magic.' I love it, but it takes a lot out of me.

I'm building shopping centers and movie theaters in the inner cities. So that means supplying jobs and letting blacks understand that we have to build our communities back, not looking to anybody else.

I get up 5:30-6 every morning. I'm in the gym. I run a couple miles.

My dad worked two jobs his whole life, and so I told him he's the reason I have 20 jobs.

I tell you, it's funny because the only time I think about HIV is when I have to take my medicine twice a day.

I am a businessman. This is what I do each and every day. I love it. I love coming to work. I never have a bad day.

I have a fond place in my heart for Seattle, so I hope that an NBA team comes back to this great city, this great sports city.

I motivate others by making sure that they understand to go after their dreams and don't let anyone tell you you can't. If you are motivated enough and put the work in that you can achieve anything in life that you set your mind to.

I think that there are always goals for me to try to achieve, and I'm going to work toward those goals.

My first and only experience in baseball, the coach signed me up; he didn't tell me there's a thing called the curveball. I didn't know that. So the ball's coming at me and I start backing out, and then it broke inside. And the umpire says, 'Strike one!' And I'm saying, 'How is that a strike? It almost hit me!'

I'm a businessman, and what I know is numbers and business.

Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.

I'm not cured, but the HIV is asleep deep in my body.

I make sure I get a lot of vegetables, a lot of fruit. I am a big fruit man; I am a vegetable man, anyway.

My family is a praying family, a Christian family.

I respect women to the utmost.

Magic is who I am on the basketball court. Earvin is who I am.

My having HIV has no bearing on my business.

I have to tell you, I'm proudest of my life off the court. There will always be great basketball players who bounce that little round ball, but my proudest moments are affecting people's lives, effecting change, being a role model in the community.

I wanted to do two things when I was growing up, about your age. I wanted to play in the NBA, and I wanted to be a businessman after my basketball career was over, and that is what I am doing now.

I grew up a Detroit Tigers fan, and now to be an owner of the Dodgers is amazing.

People see me high-fivin' and smiling on the court, and they don't think that's me. But it is. I just want to go out and be myself.

When I first found out I had HIV, I had to find somebody who was living with it, who could help me understand my journey and what I was going to have to deal with day-to-day. I found out that a person named Elizabeth Frazier was living with AIDS at the time, and so I called her up, and she took a meeting with me.

When you are honest and open with young people, they let you in.

I enjoy being the messenger for God in terms of letting people know about HIV and AIDS.

I'm far from being a homosexual.

Sometimes friends move apart from each other for whatever reason.

No one plans to get sick or hurt - I certainly didn't - but most people will need medical care at some point in their lives.

The gay community has taken care of their issues and problems in terms of HIV/AIDS. They have done an incredible job. We as heterosexuals need to learn from the gay community because they have rallied together. They have sent a lot of information out there. They go get tested.

I love to be in the ballpark. I love to just go in and enjoy a great baseball game, a great pitchers' duel.

I'm the one who will take chances, not worry about the backlash.

I don't care who is attacking my son. I still support him; I still love him.

I tell people to look at me and understand that everybody first told me that I couldn't be a 6-foot, 9-inch point guard, and I proved them wrong. Then they told me I couldn't be a businessman and make money in urban America, and I proved them wrong. And they thought I couldn't win all these championships, and I proved them wrong there as well.

All students should have the opportunity to receive their high school diplomas and be fully prepared for college or the workplace.

I look three to five years ahead, not 10 years behind.

When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.

Every kid, every minority kid can be so successful if they focus on their education.

A lot of black guys always ask me, 'Did Larry Bird really play that good?' I said, 'Larry Bird is so good it's frightening.'

Manhood is taking care of your family and being able to bless other people. Not yourself - but whether you can bless other people.

I like to take walks in the park by myself, where no one can bother me and I can think.

God blessed me with two unbelievable parents, and I am just like both of them. I have the smile and charisma of my mother and the big heart of my mom, because she wants to save the world and help the world, so I am just like her.

As an athlete, I understood the value of my health insurance. I knew that in my profession, injuries were common and could happen at any time.

A woman always remembers. Remember that.

When you think about the NASCAR brand, it resonates everywhere. They have the No. 1 sports brand.

I guess when people ask what is the biggest transition to the NBA from college, it is definitely defense and the mental part.

Research your idea. See if there's a demand. A lot of people have great ideas, but they don't know if there's a need for it. You also have to research your competition.

Everybody on a championship team doesn't get publicity, but everyone can say he's a champion.