Great Throughts Treasury

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, born Ferdinand Lewis "Lew" Alcinder, Jr.

American Basketball Player, Coach, Actor and Author. NBA all-time leading scorer

"The reason we’re here is to exercise personal responsibility, to evolve the higher self and to influence that development in others."

"Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody."

"I think that the good and the great are only separated by the willingness to sacrifice."

"Fundamental preparation is always effective. Work on those parts of your game that are fundamentally weak."

"One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team."

"You can't win if you don't play as a unit."

"You can't win unless you learn how to lose."

"Your mind is what makes everything else work."