I frankly think the NBA All-Star game has run its course, the whole dunk contest... The game - if those guys actually played hard in that game, it'd be the best watch ever.
Goaltending was brought in because of Mikan and Chamberlain. So rules do change for specific players, in concert with a need to stay up to date on how coaches are taking advantage of the rules.
Christmas Day is a big day for NBA basketball.
There have been people who said I was a Pat Riley clone. But I don't think that's true. While I did learn a lot from him, I could never be him. I mean, we even dress so differently.
I grew up dreaming about being an Olympic basketball player: Doug Collins getting smashed into the stanchion, making two free throws. Phil Ford and Mike O'Koren in 1976.
All the fascination with numbers conspires to make you forget the beauty of the game sometimes.
I think fans oftentimes get an inferior product on back-to-back games, and I think that has to be the number one thing that gets addressed for the fans and for the players - the elimination or the drastic reduction of back-to-back games.
Dwight Howard is a Hall of Fame player.
My one suggestion going forward is, any felony committed against a woman should be a full-season suspension.
It's hard to change a roster around. You've got to hit your draft picks right, you've gotta hit free agency right, and a team's got to fit together.
There are certain aspects that I miss of coaching. But you can't just pick out the good parts. You've got to be all-in and understand there's some negatives, too.
To be successful in anything, you have to have a passion for it, and that leads to being enthusiastic and demanding. I didn't have it for history. So I wouldn't have been a good teacher in that area. But I had it for basketball. And that's what coaching is at every level: it's about teaching.
My intensity is my greatest strength. It's also my greatest weakness.
Most elite big men are high maintenance.
Kobe Bryant is a terrific offensive rebounder.
At first, you can play into the naivete that people think you have because you don't dress well. They almost give you the benefit of the doubt. But when success comes, that's no longer a good angle, so now you're 'a political animal.'
To me, it doesn't matter who's out there: NBA basketball is great - if teams are putting out their best players and they're competing to win.
I think everyone talks about talent. It's really one of the most overused terms. It comes down to, do you play, and do you win? Talent is one factor, but certainly not the only one.
For professional athletes, I always think about it in these terms: the most difficult diva of women's soccer would be the easiest NBA player ever.
One of my college roommates was into The Police, and I got to like them. But I hear one of the guys left the band.