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