Quotes by: Kareem Abdul Jabbar

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As a parent, I have a job as a role model to my children, and by extension, to other young people.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
I can do something else besides stuff a ball through a hoop. My biggest resource is my mind.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
OK, I'll put it like this: I doubt if we will see another All-American basketball athlete who is a Rhodes Scholar.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
I've always tried to stay out of the fray and not be an object of controversy.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
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.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
The 3-point shot has created a situation in the game akin to 'Lotto' fever.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
My grandfather and my uncle both died from colorectal cancer, my dad almost died from it and I have the gene for it.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Jackie Robinson, as an athlete and as someone who was trying to make a stand for equality, he was exemplary.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
I got all A's and was hated for it; I spoke correctly and was called a punk.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
I saw Islam as the correct way to live, and I chose to try to live that way.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Black people don't have an accurate idea of their history, which has been either suppressed or distorted.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
I think someone should explain to the child that it's OK to make mistakes. That's how we learn. When we compete, we make mistakes.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
I have always thought that writers come with any variety of attributes. Some are capable and some aren't.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
A lot of young players don't really know much about the history of the game and a lot of them are missing out on what the game is all about, especially the whole concept of sportsmanship and teamwork.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
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.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
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.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
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.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
I am highly offended by the total lack of acknowledgement of my contribution to Laker success.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar
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