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Oscar Robertson Quotes and Sayings

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You need a teaching coach who understands the game of basketball,
not just some guy coming on the court talking about Xs and Os.
- Oscar Robertson

The Olympics were great, because you had to make the team,
and then go to the games.
Now, I don't know, these guys today don't want to do anything like that.
- Oscar Robertson

We're all Americans trying to compete.
Magic was competing for his team and Larry for his team.
- Oscar Robertson

Basketball is basketball.
- Oscar Robertson

 

When you play guard, you're not going to block a lot of shots.
Inside, you're going to block shots.
- Oscar Robertson

Some players are more physical than others,
some play with more finesse.
Some are just really great all-around players.
So you have to change your game.
- Oscar Robertson

But if people are buying the products,
naturally they're gonna use them.
- Oscar Robertson

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You see what happens in college and high school games today -
a three-point shot or a dunk.
I think that's the reason that you see a lot of that in the pros today.
- Oscar Robertson

I think that teaching coaches are the norm now.
- Oscar Robertson

If you're a basketball player, you've got to shoot.
- Oscar Robertson

But I think the image that's thrown out on television is a bad image.
Because you see players who want to imitate hip-hop stars.
And the NBA is taking advantage of the situation.
- Oscar Robertson

Now, I guess, people want stars.
People are trying to invent stars.
- Oscar Robertson

The thing about it is almost everyone could pass that way,
but we were kept from doing it by our coaches.
- Oscar Robertson

I think that basketball players should get the job
done no matter how it looks on the screen.
- Oscar Robertson

I don't blame David Stern because a player gets on
the court and he doesn't put out competitively.
No one can make you play if you don't want to play.
- Oscar Robertson

I don't think that players learn how to play any other
aspect of the game in high school or college.
- Oscar Robertson

But I like to think an athlete is an athlete.
- Oscar Robertson

I'd like to think that the nature of the two teams -
Boston being a championship team over the years and the Lakers,
same thing - was a lot bigger than Larry Bird or Magic Johnson.
- Oscar Robertson

I was taught to play that way when I was in high school
and even before I got to high school.
- Oscar Robertson

I think that everyone should be able to dribble.
Everyone should be able to pass.
Otherwise, why are you out there?
- Oscar Robertson

It's a sad commentary when I have to say that sometimes
in our country we are real sensitive to race.
- Oscar Robertson

You don't cut anywhere, don't pick down anywhere,
don't double screen, no weak side picking.
All these things that should happen in a game of basketball don't happen anymore.
- Oscar Robertson

This is where young players today want to land.
They want to be NBA players because of the money.
- Oscar Robertson

Who do I think was the greatest? This might shock you:
Elgin Baylor.
He did so many great things.
Nobody could guard him, playing in the forward spot.
I'd love to see some of today's greats playing against Elgin.
They couldn't guard him.
Nobody could.
- Oscar Robertson

You've got to learn the footwork, the positioning,
how to box out, how to pass, how to shoot your free throws.
All these things are necessary, not to be the No.
1 player in the world, but maybe you can play against him.
- Oscar Robertson

It's like all guys want to do is make a dunk,
grab their shirt and yell out and scream -
they could be down 30 points but that's what they do.
Okay, so you made a dunk.
Get back down the floor on defense!
- Oscar Robertson

You look at today, it's a different situation.
You have a game that has been transformed into a game
where almost every shot is either an outside shot -
a three-point shot -
or a dunk.
- Oscar Robertson

They should have a rule: in order to be a sportswriter,
you have to have played that sport, at some level;
high school,
college, junior college, somewhere.
Or, you should have had to have been around the game for a long time.
- Oscar Robertson

When you play against different people from all walks
of life you can't do the same thing against every player
defensively or offensively.
You have to change up the way you go at a player.
- Oscar Robertson

When you go into a game on offense, you make a couple
moves and see what the defender is going to do.
Then you pretty much can figure out what he is going to do against you -
whether he carries his hands low or high,
whether he is bumping or pushing, those type of things.
- Oscar Robertson

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton PHOTO

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward PHOTO

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

What you leave behind is not what
is engraved in stone monuments,
but what is woven into the lives of others.
- Pericles


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