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Classic NBA Quotes

BILL RUSSELL AND WILT CHAMBERLAIN

 

 

“If we played Boston four on four, without Russell, we probably would have won every series. The guy killed us. He's the one who prevented us from achieving true greatness.”

-- L.A. Lakers forward "Hot Rod" Hundley

·Russell

 


 

“In many ways, my job in soccer was like my job in basketball now. I had to protect the goal. That was the name of the game, not letting the other team score.”
-- Hakeem Olajuwon

 

What excites me the most is when a coach calls a timeout and chews out his forward because I just dunked on his head.”
--
Karl Malone

 

 

GREAT MOMENTS

“We cut him off and there was nowhere for him to go but out of bounds … It’s still the greatest move I’ve ever seen in basketball, the all-time greatest.”
-- Magic Johnson, on Julius Erving's layup from behind the basket in the 1980 NBA Finals

 

THE GAME OF BASKETBALL

“Basketball can serve as a metaphor for ultimate cooperation. It is a sport where success ... requires that the dictates of community prevail over selfish impulses.”
-- Bill Bradley

 

 

 

MAGIC JOHNSON AND LARRY BIRD

 

“Larry, you only told me one lie. You said there will be another Larry Bird. Larry, there will never, ever be another Larry Bird.”

-- Magic, at Bird's retirement party

See Larry Bird , Magic Jhonson

 

 

 

CHARLES BARKLEY

“I don’t create controversies. They’re there long before I open my mouth. I just bring them to your attention.”
-- Charles Barkley

 

 

THE LIGHTER SIDE

“We all get heavier as we get older because there’s a lot more information in our heads. Our heads weigh more.”
-- Vlade Divac

·  More from the lighter side

 

MICHAEL JORDAN

 

“Once Michael gets up there he says, ‘Well, maybe I’ll just hang up here in the air for a while, just sit back.’ Then all of a sudden, he says, ‘Well, maybe I’ll 360. No I changed my mind. I’ll go up on the other side.’ He’s just incredible.”

-- Michael Jordan