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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Abe Lemons


You mean in the state?

Abe Lemons


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

Abe Lemons


We did have three go to the YMCA.

Abe Lemons


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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