The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental emotional spiritual as well as physical.
One of the things in the back of my mind is that after my sports experience I never want to be totally consumed by any one endeavor other than my family life.
One of the most predictable things in life is there will be change. You are better off if you can have a say in the change. But you are ignorant or naive if you don’t think there will be change whether you want it to or not.
I liked the game I enjoyed the game and the game fed me enough and gave me enough rewards to reinforce that this is something that I should spend time doing and that I could possibly make a priority in my life versus other sports.
I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important and a lot greater than popularity.
But you know if you live an affluent lifestyle there are all types of trappings that are there that you have to be cognizant of and you’ve got to try and communicate freely and gain understanding about and then keep moving on because you know sometimes lifestyles are chosen for us as opposed to us choosing them.
But you know we have a very normal family. We’ve had our ups and downs. You know we’ve had our issues but we’ve had great cause for celebration.
I came from a broken home so my mom was a major influence in my life.
I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home it starts with the parental influence.
And from the first time I picked up a basketball at age eight – I had a lot of difficulty when I first picked up a basketball because I was a scrub – there were things that I liked about it.
In 1981 at age 31 I was voted the best player in basketball and the most valuable player in the league.
Right up until the time I retired at age 37 I felt like there were still things that I could do better.