Oscar Robertson Quotes

33 Oscar Robertson quotes:

"Basketball is basketball."
"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."
"Just fundamental things - I played guard and I played forward, so you get into a position where you are pivoting out on the court."
"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."
"Who do I think was the greatest? This might shock you: Elgin Baylor. He did so many great things. Nobody could guard him, playing in the forward spot. I'd love to see some of today's greats playing against Elgin. They couldn't guard him. Nobody could."
"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."
"You have to teach now - tell a kid how to box out, tell him how to pass, teach him footwork. Players don't understand that anymore."
"I don't think that players learn how to play any other aspect of the game in high school or college."
"I think that basketball players should get the job done no matter how it looks on the screen."
"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."
"In sports, you're going to have players who are great but haven't won championships. That's true. You only get one winner a year, and the rest of the guys don't win."
Author: Robertson Quotes Category: Sports Quotes
"If you're a basketball player, you've got to shoot."
"It's a sad commentary when I have to say that sometimes in our country we are real sensitive to race."
"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!"
"Now, I guess, people want stars. People are trying to invent stars."
"The thing about it is almost everyone could pass that way, but we were kept from doing it by our coaches."
"We're all Americans trying to compete. Magic was competing for his team and Larry for his team."
"You need a teaching coach who understands the game of basketball, not just some guy coming on the court talking about Xs and Os."
"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."
"This is where young players today want to land. They want to be NBA players because of the money."

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