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    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
    tags: games 
     
    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
    tags: teaching  games 
     
    I was taught to play that way when I was in high school and even before I got to high school.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: school 
     
    People will think there are no other great ballplayers. Look at Garnett. Look at Duncan, Shaq, Kobe. Look at the players with Sacramento. The have a really good basketball team.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: people 
     
    People say that, but I think the NBA was bigger than Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: people  magic 
     
    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
    tags: school  college  games 
     
    The thing about it is almost everyone could pass that way, but we were kept from doing it by our coaches.
    — Oscar Robertson
    Now, I guess, people want stars. People are trying to invent stars.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: people  star  invent 
     
    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
    tags: games 
     
    I don't think that players learn how to play any other aspect of the game in high school or college.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: school  learn  college  games 
     
    The triple-double is just a stat. It's a test of your strength and stamina and playing ability, really.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: strength 
     
    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
    tags: games 
     
    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
    tags: games 
     
    But after that you don't see a lot of real good fundamental play. You see a showboat-type basketball which is almost parallel to street basketball.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: real  fundamental 
     
    Actually, Magic and the Lakers beat Philadelphia for Magic's first NBA Championship.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: magic 
     
    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
    tags: star  bad  advantage 
     
    When you play guard, you're not going to block a lot of shots. Inside, you're going to block shots.
    — 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
    When I came into the league, once a team drafted you, they owned you forever. If they didn't like the clothes you wore, or the car you drove, they could blackball you.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: forever 
     
    I played when I played, and played, I think, against the greatest players in the greatest time in the history of basketball.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: time 
     
    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
    tags: time  school  college  games 
     
    It's a sad commentary when I have to say that sometimes in our country we are real sensitive to race.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: sad  real  race 
     
    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
    tags: people 
     
    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'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
    tags: world  learn 
     
    The players have no real self-esteem when it comes to putting the best image out there in a real competitive fashion.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: fashion  real 
     
    There's so many young peoople who start to play basketball and never learn the fundamentals.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: young  learn  fundamental 
     
    When I started playing, I wasn't fast, I was gangly, my jumpshot was terrible.
    — Oscar Robertson
    We're all Americans trying to compete. Magic was competing for his team and Larry for his team.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: magic  american 
     
    This is where young players today want to land. They want to be NBA players because of the money.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: young  money 
     
    I think that teaching coaches are the norm now.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: teaching 
     
    I think no one has written a history of the great coaches who were around 30 to 40 years ago who taught the fundamentals.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: fundamental  year 
     
    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
    tags: nature  magic  year 
     
    If you're a basketball player, you've got to shoot.
    — Oscar Robertson
    I'm sorry that the young athletes in basketball will not get the chance to play (in the Olympics) anymore, and live that dream.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: chance  live  young  dreams  sorry 
     
    Just because it is an All-Star Game doesn't mean that you are playing as efficiently as you should.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: games 
     
    I played on an all-black high school team and we didn't want people saying that we were clowns.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: people  saying  school 
     
    I don't know hardly any of the players who have the in-between game like me, who can go to any position on the court.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: games 
     
    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
    College coaches want to power the ball inside, they want (their post players) to power the ball up, but no one can shoot from that 15-foot area anymore.
    — Oscar Robertson
    tags: power  college 
     
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