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A. J. PIPPEN, The BigBaller Brand: It is one of the most powerful things a person can have.
It is not a gift.
It does not come in a box.
A person has to decide what to do with it.
I think we have the power to decide.
It’s not like we just decide to have a little champagne and a big party.
It has to be a plan, and we have to come up with a plan.
There are no secrets.
It can’t be the year before you go back to work.
J., A. D., D., L., J.: The BIG Baller (CBS): If you want to have success, the best thing you can do is not let your guard down.
I’ve never been in this position, but I’ve done everything.
A few of my friends in the industry did a lot of stuff and just didn’t do anything.
I have no idea.
It just goes to show that sometimes you have to take responsibility for your success.
If you don’t do that, you will get nowhere.
I can’t say that I feel any better about it than I did a few years ago.
A lot of people said to me, You can’t really do anything to change this year, because it’s your first year.
But I don’t think that’s the case.
We all get it.
This is the most important year of my life.
A year ago, it felt like I was living in an old age.
A friend of mine was telling me that he wanted to quit, because his career is over.
I said, He’s right.
I’m in my 30s.
This season is different than any season in my life that I’ve ever had.
I feel like my body is going to be OK, and I’ll be back to where I used to be, which is very healthy.
You just have to accept the fact that this is the year to do what you want and to do it well.
I know the people I’m working with and my teammates will do the same thing.
A big thank you to all of the fans, fans, the people at home, the family.
I would love to have you here every day.
And a big thank-you to the people that have made this possible.
That’s the most fun I’ve had in my whole life.
I’ll try to tell you the same about it.
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(CBS Sports)If there’s one person who’s the biggest fan of my career, it’s my agent, Mark Jackson.
He’s a huge part of my success.
He makes sure I’m fully focused and ready to go.
We’ve been together for four years, so we know what it takes.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an elite player or a guy who can get to the NBA, you have Mark Jackson on your side.
A huge thank you.
A:J.D.: I’m a fan of his, too.
I mean, I think it’s all good.
A J. D.: And he is a great storyteller.
I want to hear what you have next.
I just want to tell a story about me.
I was a huge fan of your book, The Way of the D. I read it for the first time when I was 14 years old.
I loved it.
So when I saw you on the show, I knew that I wanted to work with you, too, because I had been a big fan of yours for so long.
You always tell a great tale.
It was the story of a guy named Kevin.
He had a dream of becoming a great NBA player.
So he started by playing for the Boston Celtics, and he played his first NBA game when he was 16 years old in 2003.
I knew right away that he was a great player.
I always knew that he had the skill to be the best in the NBA.
He was always on top of everything.
But he had a chip on his shoulder and had a real good sense of humor.
It didn’t take me long to realize that this was a guy that really believed in himself.
He could handle adversity and be great.
He never took himself too seriously