“I don’t create controversies. They’re there long before I open my mouth. I just bring them to your attention.”
“I'm quitting this team for the Olympic swim team. I'm going to the pool as long as there are babes with no tops. You'll think I'm Mark Spitz before this week is over.”
On the proper etiquette involving dinner with Prince Rainier at the Royal Palace in Monte Carlo:
“We're supposed to stop eating when he stops? But what if we're still hungry? He may have had a snack before he came over.”
On Monte Carlo prices:
“This place is a trip. The people here are very neat, very friendly and very well dressed, but you can't stay here for long. Things cost too much. If you're an alcoholic, this is a good place to come because a beer can cost you $40. You can't afford to be a drunk here.”
"You got to believe in yourself. Hell, I believe I'm the best-looking guy in the world and I might be right."
"We better not be doing the Bulls this year. Man, they suck! Bunch of high school kids with $70 million contracts. Damn! I hate my mother for having me too soon."
"I'm just what America needs - another unemployed black man."
"Dick Bavetta and Moses parted the Red Sea together."
When asked what the Dream Team's goal was when playing Panama in the 1992 Tournament of the Americas:
"To get the Canal back."
In front of a judge after throwing a guy through a 1st floor window:
Judge: "Your sanctions are community service and a fine, do you have any regrets?"
Charles: "Yeah I regret we weren't on a higher floor"
After elbowing an Angola player in the 1992 Olympics:
Somebody hits me, I'm going to hit him back. Even if it does look like he hasn't eaten in a couple weeks. I thought he was going to pull a spear on me."
So Daly told them of two Spanish-owned Mediterranean islands: Majorca, a much-desired destination, the kind of place Dream Teamers would take their wives and girlfriends, and Minorca, which Daly described as a dark and dismal place with a high suicide rate. (Note to the Spanish Tourism Commission: I have no idea if this is true. I'm telling a story about a coach.)
"If we lose in Barcelona," says Daly, "we won't get beyond Minorca."
I have no idea if Daly came up with that himself. But it wasn't bad. ... Anyway, Barkley had something to say. "Coach, we ain't going to no mother****in' Minorca," he said.