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  If my primary purpose here at Indiana is to go out and win ballgames, I can probably do that as well as anybody can. I would just cheat, get some money from alot of people around Indianapolis who want to run the operation that way, and just go out and get the best basketball players I can. Then we'd beat everybody.  
 -  Bobby Knight
  

  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.  
 -  Charles Barkley
  

  Magic Johnson, former basketball player, may run for mayor of LA in the next election. Remember the good 'ol days when only qualified people ran for office like actors and professional wrestlers.  
 -  Jay Leno
  

  Just remember, their fans think their players are supermen. Well we're the kryptonite, and we're gonna win.  
 -  Jim Larranaga
  

  I can't coach, but it's ok, it's my players fault, they're just not producing. I can't get on the court for them, they have to get it done, there's nothing that I can do for them. Coaching is done in practice. Plays just don't matter when it comes to game time if your players cannot complete them and I can ot draw them up. Why should a team trust in me when I cannot coach?  
 -  John Swickrath
  

  What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player.  
 -  John Wooden
  

  I just feel that my competitive drive is far greater than anyone else that I've met and I think that I thrive on that. I think that is my biggest motivation in life; to compete, find different competitions in certain things in life and try to overcome that, be it positive or negative.  
 -  Michael Jordan
  

  The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.  
 -  Phil Jackson
  

  Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.  
 -  Red Auerbach
  

  Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.  
 -  Scottie Pippen
  

  Basketball teams, after the perfunctory lay-up drill, fall into the crowded isolation and personal style of 10 city kids shooting at the same basket or playing one-on-one.  
 -  Ted Solotaroff