Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, also known as Lew Alcindor, was born on April 16, 1947 in New York. He is an American professional basketball player and a collegiate who, as a 7-foot 2-inch-tall centre, dominated the game throughout the 1970s and early ’80s. He played for Power Memorial Academy on the varsity for four years, and his total of 2,067 points set a New York City high-school record. He joined the NBA for the 1969–70 season and was named Rookie of the Year. EliteColumn lists out a few of the most memorable quotes from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

15 Motivational Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Quotes

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“You have to be able to centre yourself, to let all of your emotions go… Don’t ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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“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.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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“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.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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“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

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“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.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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“I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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“When we went up against teams that were better, I just hoped that we could steal the victories.” – 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

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“I would suggest that teachers show their students concrete examples of the negative effects of the actions that gangsta rappers glorify.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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“I’m still my parent’s child, I’m still me, but I made a choice. I evolved into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I think it has to do with evolution.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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“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.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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“Michael Jordan and Magic and myself all learned how to play the game in college programs that emphasized the team.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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“I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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“When I was a kid, no one would believe anything positive that you could say about black people. That’s a terrible burden.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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