Abe Lemons

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Abe Lemons (November 21, 1922 - September 2, 2002) was one of the most successful head basketball coaches in Oklahoma history.


  • That's one more rebound than a dead guy.
    • After his center grabbbed only one rebound in the first half of a game.
  • You may be big in New York, but in Walters, Oklahoma, you're nobody.
    • to broadcaster Howard Cosell
  • If you had come with me, you could be the principal of a high school by now.
    • to Johnny Bench, whom he tried to recruit while at Oklahoma City University.
  • Damn referees. I'll miss them less than anybody.
    • after losing his final game by one point, in a bid for victory No. 600
  • You mean in the state?
    • When asked if he felt his 1976 University of Texas basketball team should be ranked in the top twenty that season
  • Finish last in your league and they call you "Idiot". Finish last in medical school and they call you "Doctor".
  • I never substitute just to substitute. I play my regulars. The only way a guy gets off the floor is if he dies.
  • One day of practice is like one day of clean living. It doesn't do you any good.
  • I don't jog. If I die I want to be sick.
  • Doctors bury their mistakes, mine are still on scholarship.
  • They wanted to buy out my contract, but I couldn't make change for a $20, so they had to let me stay.
    • After being asked about a group of alumni that wanted him to leave.

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