Abe Lemons Quotes

A.E. "Abe" Lemons (November 21, 1922 - September 2, 2002) was an American college basketball player and coach. As a coach at Oklahoma City University, Pan American University and The University of Texas, he compiled a record of 599 wins and 343 losses in 34 seasons

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You mean in the state?

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You may be big in New York, but in Walters, Oklahoma, you're nobody.

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We did have three go to the YMCA.

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Coaches who shoot par in the summer are the guys I want on my schedule in the winter.

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Hell no. When I die I want to be sick.

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Doctors bury their mistakes, but mine are still on scholarship.

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I'd rather be a football coach. That way you only lose eleven games a year.

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They wanted to buy out my contract, but I couldn't make change for a $20, so they had to let me stay.

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You know what they call the fellow who finishes last in his medical school graduating class? They call him 'Doctor.'

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Finish last in your league and they call you idiot. Finish last in medical school and they call you doctor.

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“One day of practice is like one day of clean living. It doesn't do you any good.”

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“It was a hole in one contest and I had a three.”

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“I had a team where nobody could run it in six minutes and we won the NIT [National Invitation Tournament of New York].”

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“I asked [Bud] Koper after the game why he didn't show up to eat and he told me he wasn't hungry. If I had a rule that said you couldn't start or couldn't play if you missed the pregame meal, then we would have lost the game [Koper scored 44 points in a victory]. Sometimes it's better not to have that many rules.”

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“I never substitute just to substitute. I play my regulars. The only way a guy gets off the floor is if he dies.”

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