I grabbed 19 rebounds in my first professional game, and somehow found a way to score 20 points. I felt real good about it. I felt that this was the beginning of something good.
The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.
If you`ve experienced having control, you don`t want to be moved to a subordinate position, if you have your druthers.
Every team that I`ve played on, I`ve either been the captain or co-captain.
And I continued to grow until I was 25 years old.
With the crowds on your side, it`s easier to play up to your potential.
In 1981, at age 31, I was voted the best player in basketball, and the most valuable player in the league.
I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.
I always try to keep a pretty conservative demeanor on the court.
I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence.
When handling the ball, I always would look for daylight, wherever there was daylight.
When the crowd appreciates you, it encourages you to be a little more daring, I think.
When I went to Philadelphia I was 26 years old and really sitting on top of the world. Family life, a professional career, plenty of friends and associates, and a good reputation, a wish list that could be the envy of many.
I pulled the plug on it at a time that I thought was right for me to exit.
I keep both eyes on my man. The basket hasn`t moved on me yet.
I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals.
That was just my own personal program: I didn`t want to get too high over the good moments because I didn`t want to be saddened and depressed when things didn`t go as I had planned.
One of the commitments that I personally have now is to a diverse approach to buying businesses, and the operation of those businesses.
There`s the typical books, Moby Dick and, I guess in my adult life I began to read biographies more than fiction. I started to want to relate to other people`s lives, things that had really happened.
To be great we need to win games we aren`t supposed to win.
They are taking steps, but they are baby steps.
In a lot of areas of my life, particularly in my teenage years, I began to think about the world, and to think about the universe as being a part of my conscious everyday life.
Goals determine what you`re going to be.
Teachers are sort of faced with a thankless task, because no matter how good they are, unless they find a way to personally rationalize the rewards of their effort, nobody else is really going to do it for them en masse.
Being a typical Pisces, I might have experienced mood shifts, but I don`t remember any depression, or needing to do anything, or to have someone bring me out of being depressed.
And from the first time I picked up a basketball at age eight - I had a lot of difficulty when I first picked up a basketball, because I was a scrub - there were things that I liked about it.
One of the things in the back of my mind is that, after my sports experience, I never want to be, totally consumed by any one endeavor, other than my family life.
My role models in the business were the older guys on my team when I first got there: Gray Scott, Adrian Smith, Roland Taylor. These were the guys who took me under their wing, and really schooled me in terms of what the business was about.
Right up until the time I retired at age 37, I felt like there were still things that I could do better.
If you do things with a certain type of result and cause a certain type of reaction or effect, then you increase your market value. It`s very much a competition for the entertainment dollar, and that`s never been more clearly evident than in today`s NBA game.
I came from a broken home, so my mom was a major influence in my life.
If you don`t do what`s best for your body, you`re the one who comes up on the short end.
If you get depressed about being the second-best team in the world, then you`ve got a problem.
I liked the game, I enjoyed the game, and the game fed me enough, and gave me enough rewards to reinforce that this is something that I should spend time doing, and that I could possibly make a priority in my life, versus other sports.