A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand.

If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That's how I want you to play.

Basketball is in my blood. It is my obligation to try.

That's the awesome part. Little girls now have a chance to look up and see women playing soccer, basketball, softball and now hockey - and know they can win a gold medal, too.

When I said I retired from basketball playing, I have retired.

You will not see me play again. That is a promise.

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I'm not playing for other people; if I start thinking in those terms I would put too much pressure on myself. I play basketball because that is what I love to do.

You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.

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

I've always been like that. I was a tomboy when I was a kid, so I was always playing baseball and basketball and football and stuff as a kid with the boys.

It is most difficult, in my mind, to separate any success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion.

I like low-maintenance girls, but at the same time, classy.

She needs to take care of herself. But also be a girl who isn't afraid to get sweaty and play basketball, so it's cool if she's a tomboy.

Michael Jordan changed so much in basketball, he took his power to make a difference. It's so much going on in music right now and somebody has to make a difference.

I love basketball.

You know, God gave me a gift to do other things besides play the game of basketball.

If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.

Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.

Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns.

I always wanted to be a basketball player.

If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life.

I always tried to make clear that basketball is not the ultimate.

It is of small importance in comparison to the total life we live. There is only one kind of life that truly wins, and that is the one that places faith in the hands of the Savior. Until that is done, we are on an aimless course that runs in circles and goes nowhere.

Hang in there. Hang in there because the greatest quarterbacks complete only six of 10 passes. The best basketball players make only 50% of their shots. The top oil companies, with all their geologists, drill 10 dry holes for every wet one. And even the most successful actors flunk 29 auditions for television commercials before they land one. So, HANG IN THERE.

We blacks look for leadership in men and women of such youth and inexperience, as well as poverty of education and character, that it is no wonder that we sometimes seem rudderless. . . . We see basketball players and pop singers as possible role models.

As all of us with any involvement in sports knows, no two umpires or no two referees have the same strike zone or call the same kind of a basketball game.

To see a player dunk in women's college basketball is just amazing.

It's great to see that the game has reached that level now.

I just want to try to ignore the scrutiny and all the distractions and just play hard basketball and let the best come... Improving game by game and trying to improve my game is what I want to do.

In sixth grade, my basketball team made it to the league championships.

In double overtime, with three seconds left, I rebounded the ball and passed it - to the wrong team! They scored at the buzzer and we lost the game. To this day, I still have nightmares!

The only reason I went to college was to play basketball. I injured my knee and couldn't play.

The cast gets along pretty well, it's a good work environment.

I hang out a lot with Brett Claywell, he plays Tim Smith on the show. We play plenty of basketball.

My personal life is the same. At the end of the day, this is just a job. I love what I do, and it's a great job. But it's like my alter ego. There's Chris Brown the singer. And there's Christopher Brown, the down-home Tappahannock boy that plays video games and basketball and hangs out.

Well, I work out three to four times a week, in a gym, which - thank God - is right in my building here in New York City. It's in the Reebok building, and it's got every kind of weightlifting equipment you can imagine, spread out over six floors, plus basketball courts and everything else. And because it's right in the building, there's no excuse.

I've got a basketball signed by all the greats from Julius Irving to Oscar Robinson. It was at an All Star game I got them all to sign it. So that ain't going nowhere. I'm going to die with that in my casket.

I never knew what basketball was. I started playing on the playground. People used to laugh at me and joke at me because I was so tall and I didn't know the game and couldn't play it.

Seven years ago, my father and I realized that our relationship was extremely unique, especially in the African-American community. He raised me to not only understand the fundamentals of basketball and to try to be a player with a high basketball IQ, but he wanted me to understand that my image and my name meant more than stats.

Free agency screws everybody's allegiances up.

Whether it be football, baseball, hockey, basketball, whatever it may be. It's really hard.

Dinner, basketball game, four guys - classic.

I could've played basketball, but my mind was on baseball.

I didn't know what I was in for. In high school it was a matter of talent. No one told you what to do.

Then you've got Georgetown, and I really just like everything about them.

When I went down there with my mom, it really opened my eyes to what they were all about. I have to factor in what a school like that can do for me, even away from being a basketball player.

I was about 14, and my friend's stepdad asked me to do a 10K with him because his son - who was more into basketball - didn't want to. It was amazing, and I still remember the time I got: 48:23.

In the tennis world, there weren't a whole lot of Asians playing.

You see it a little bit more now. The same can really be said for basketball.

I run in the morning, lift weights in the afternoon, basketball training at night, and then lift weights again at night.

I won at every level - all the way since I started playing the game of basketball at nine. I've won at every level, won championships at every level. And, you know, it won't be fulfilled until I win at the highest level.

The Black Mamba collection of watches is me: It is my alter ego, so to speak.

As I mentioned before, it is sharp, cutting edge and sleek which are characteristics I try to apply when I'm out there on the basketball court.

My whole career has been trying to please people in basketball. Now it's time to please myself.

Growing up, I looked up to major league baseball players, and now these young women have amazing, incredible women all across the board, from swimming to gymnastics to softball to basketball.

For 'Iron Man' I had to improv with Robert Downey Jr.

, which is like going up against LeBron in basketball. At one point he stopped and said, 'Can we give a round of applause to Olivia, because she's rocking it right now.'

My sporting hero was Drazen Petrovic, the NBA basketball player, who was killed in a car accident in 1993. He was a good friend, an unbelievable player, and I dedicated my Wimbledon win to him.

I can't palm a basketball.

When I step on that basketball court, I'm thinking about basketball, I'm thinking about winning - but there's so much that goes into thought about how I'm going to open this game up to others. It's so much more than just basketball.

Basketball made me happy to be tall. And more secure about myself than I ever would have been without it.

The tradition in Serbia has always been team sports - football, basketball, handball, volleyball and water polo, individual sports are not supported.

Basketball is always a piece of my life, but never the centerpiece.