With the crowds on your side, it's easier to play up to your potential.
When handling the ball, I always would look for daylight, wherever there was daylight.
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.
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.
One of the commitments that I personally have now is to a diverse approach to buying businesses, and the operation of those businesses.
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.
I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.
I came from a broken home, so my mom was a major influence in my life.
Every team that I've played on, I've either been the captain or co-captain.
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.
The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.
Right up until the time I retired at age 37, I felt like there were still things that I could do better.
I pulled the plug on it at a time that I thought was right for me to exit.
I had to spend countless hours, above and beyond the basic time, to try and perfect the fundamentals.
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.
I'm here to watch the watch the champions and the would-be champions.
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.
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.
And I continued to grow until I was 25 years old.
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.
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.
If you get depressed about being the second-best team in the world, then you've got a problem.
When the crowd appreciates you, it encourages you to be a little more daring, I think.
If you've experienced having control, you don't want to be moved to a subordinate position, if you have your druthers.
I always try to keep a pretty conservative demeanor on the court.