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50 Inspiring Basketball Quotes

Updated on July 31, 2014
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Basketball is a game of heart and determination. These 50 basketball quotes are here to amuse, motivate, inspire and entertain the basketball lover. Look no further fo the best basketball quotes on the internet!

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50 Best Basketball Quotes Ever

  1. Even when I'm old and grey, I won't be able to play it, but I'll still love the game. - Michael Jordan

  2. Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody. -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  3. Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds. -Larry Bird

  4. If you are afraid of failure you don't deserve to be successful! -Charles Barkley

  5. I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. - Michael Jordan

  6. Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It's being able to take it as well as dish it out. That's the only way you're going to get respect from the players. -Larry Bird

  7. "I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win." - Michael Jordan

  8. When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro. -Larry Bird

  9. “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.”-Tim Duncan

  10. “If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.” -Phil Jackson

  11. “You always have to give 100%,because if you don’t someone, somewhere will give 100% and they will beat you when you meet.” -Ed Macauley

  12. There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do -Derek Jeter

  13. I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot. -Kobe Bryant

  14. In our court there are no objections…only rejections

  15. Play for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back.

  16. Basketball doesn't build character, it reveals it.

  17. Basketball is like photography. If you don't focus, all you have is the negative. -Dan Frisby

  18. They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me.

    -Magic Johnson

  19. The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot. -Bill Russell

  20. I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok. -Shaquille O'Neal

  21. If you're a basketball player, you've got to shoot. -Oscar Robertson

  22. The only important shot you take is the next one. Because no matter how hard you try, that is the only one you can still have an effect on. -Jason Bumblis

  23. He who controlleth the backboard, controlleth the game. -Adolph Rupp

  24. I'm a girl.... I'm an athlete.... I play basketball and I'm going to rock your world -Remmie

  25. I told him, 'Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?' He said, 'Coach, I don't know and I don't care. -Frank Layden

  26. The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy. -Jerry Tarkanian

  27. The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play "Drop the Handkerchief." -James Naismith (Inventor of Basketball)

  28. If you can't take the pain, stay of the court.

  29. If you even dream of beating me, you better wake up and apologize!

  30. Life's a game.... Basketball is serious!

  31. Basketball... sure there are other important things in life, I just can't think of any.

  32. Dunk onto others.... until others Dunk onto you.

  33. One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  34. Talent wins games, but team work and intelligence wins championships. -Michael Jordan

  35. If you make every game a life and death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot. -Dean Smith

  36. It's not how big you are, it's how big you play.

  37. Teamwork makes the dream work.

  38. I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. -Michael Jordan

  39. If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges. -Pat Riley

  40. The key is not the "will to win" . . . everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important. -Bob Knight

  41. Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We. -Phil Jackson

  42. I know I'm never as good or bad as one single performance. I've never believed in my critics or my worshipers, and I've always been able to leave the game at the arena. -Charles Barkley

  43. The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical. - Julius Erving

  44. The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy. -Jerry Tarkanian

  45. You miss 100% of the shots that you don't take. -Joe Ledbetter

  46. Just remember, their fans think their players are supermen. Well we're the kryptonite, and we're gonna win. -Jim Larranaga

  47. If you are going to take it to the bank, then you better cash it in. -Shannon Fish

  48. There's no 'I' in team, but there is a 'u' in suck!

  49. Practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect

  50. Offense sells tickets, Defense wins championships


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