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I accomplished what I set out to do, but I lost my discipline and my career.
– Pete Maravich
I don’t want to play 10 years and then die of a heart attack when I’m 40.
It’s hard when your father’s the coach. Sometimes you don’t know where one leaves off and the other begins.
My life had no meaning at all. I found only brief interludes of satisfaction. It was like my whole life had been about my whole basketball career.
Most of my career was negative.
They don’t pay you a million dollars for two-hand chest passes.
There is nothing wrong with dedication and goals, but if you focus on yourself, all the lights fade away and you become a fleeting moment in life.
Shooting is nothing. Anybody can shoot. The big charge is putting on a show for the crowd.
I lived my life one way for 35 years, for me. And then the focus came in on what I really was.
I got by on talent. That was my fatal mistake.
When I arrived, I felt the spotlight shining brightly on me, and I knew the sharks were ready to strike if I did not pan out and prove myself to be the showman and the player the college ranks had labeled me to be.