80 Basketball Quotes

Let these basketball quotes encourage and inspire you to always give your best. Words said by players, coaches and others to motivate you.

  1. Do your best when no one is looking. If you do that, then you can be successful in anything that you put your mind to. Bob Cousy, Basketball Player

  2. If you are not intent about what you are doing, you aren't able to resist the temptation to do something else that might be more fun at the moment. John Wooden, Coach
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  3. Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. John Wooden, Coach
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  4. Watching Nash from his early years in Dallas to his prime in Phoenix, it was unbelievable to see a man who many thought would never last in the National Basketball Association, prove all of his doubters wrong. Calyton Geoffreys, Steve Nash: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Point Guards
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  5. In basketball, distributing shots among teammates is like dispersing cars across different roadways. Ben Taylor, Thinking Basketball

  6. What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player. John Wooden, Basketball Coach
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  7. Durability is part of what makes a great athlete. Bill Russell
  8. Durability is part of what makes a great athlete. Bill Russell, Basketball Player

  9. Commitment separates those who live their dreams from those who live their lives regretting the opportunities they have squandered. Bill Russell

  10. Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you’ve got him. Bill Russell

  11. Despite being lavished with all the attention, Michael Jordan never lost his sense of humility. Charlton Best, Michael Jordan:The Amazing Story of the Greatest Basketball Player…Ever
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  12. I've learned what it feels like to lose, believe me. But I think, in the end, that is just going to make winning that much better. Kevin Durant, Basketball Player

  13. Your best player has to set a tone of intolerance for anything that gets in the way of winning. Jeffrey Van Gundy, Basketball Coach

  14. Research has shown that people who meditate and think about every aspect of the game in their heads are better prepared for the game environment when the moment of truth arrives. Jame Wilson, How to Be Better At Basketball in 21 days

  15. Please be aware that if you volunteer to coach youth basketball, you're taking on a very important role. How you approach the season and how you interact with the kids will affect how they feel about themselves, the sport of basketball, and you. Greg Bach, Coaching Basketball For Dummies

  16. Basketball, like all sports, is predicated on the execution of fundamentals. The coach is a teacher. His subject: fundamentals. Dr Jack Ramsay, Basketball Coach

  17. I just want to grow spiritually with God. I'm keeping strong at it, just trying to make my walk with faith a little better. Kevin Durant

  18. It's fun that I get to live out my dream every single day. It's a blessing. I can't lose sight of that and I've just got to keep pushing. Kevin Durant

  19. A lot of late nights in the gym, a lot of early mornings, especially when your friends are going out, you're going to the gym, those are the sacrifices that you have to make if you want to be an NBA basketball player. Jason Kidd, Basketball Player

  20. Hard work does pay, and you just have to continue to work ... Jason Kidd
  21. Hard work does pay, and you just have to continue to work ... Jason Kidd

  22. Hall of Fame player and coach John Wooden stated that all players must learn to execute the fundamental skills properly and quickly in order to be successful. Don Meyer, Basketball Skills & Drills

  23. We're building a culture of accountability, trust, and togetherness. Entitlement will not be tolerated. Brad Stevens, Basketball Coach

  24. I seek to leave the world a little better place than I found it. James Naismith, Inventor of Basketball
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  25. As the game has evolved, the demands upon players have evolved, and practices must evolve to meet these changing demands. Brian McCormick, The 21st Century Basketball Practice

  26. When it comes to team dynamics - on a basketball court or in a corporate setting - maintaining a positive atmosphere is crucial. Rick Pitino, Rebound Rules: The Art of Success 2.0

  27. Instead, he (Michael Jordan) re-directed all of his energies to sports, playing basketball and baseball with the same drive and determination as his siblings and parents had with their work. Charlton Best, Michael Jordan:The Amazing Story of the Greatest Basketball Player…Ever \

  28. There's no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it. Pat Riley, Basketball Coach

  29. You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again. Pat Riley

  30. To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way. Pat Riley

  31. Discipline is not a nasty word. Pat Riley
  32. Discipline is not a nasty word. Pat Riley

  33. Michael Jordan is the greatest player ever because he has the best individual contributions to the team's success in the regular season and postseason to go along with winning 6 NBA Championships. Johnny Osaki, NBA's 50 Greatest Basketball Players of All-Time

  34. You have to earn your right to win the game with effort and togetherness. Brad Stevens

  35. Successful programs consist of people working hard, working together, while never worrying about who gets the credit. Don Meyer

  36. Never give up. Failure and rejection are just the first steps to succeeding. Jim Valvano, Basketball Player
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  37. Talent does all of the hard work on the court, but a player's character and demeanor on and off of it are what defines his future as a superstar. Clayton Geoffreys, Kawhi Leonard: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Best All-Around Players

  38. Good players want to be coached. . . . Great players want to be told the truth. Doc Rivers, Basketball Coach

  39. In order to achieve to achieve positive results, one must work for them, not hope for them. Bob Knight

  40. You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good. Jerry West, Basketball Player
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  41. Confidence is a lot of this game or any game. If you don't think you can, you won't. Jerry West

  42. Love never fails; Character never quits; and with patience and persistence; dreams do come true. Pete Maravich, Basketball Player

  43. There is nothing wrong with dedication and goals, but if you focus on yourself, all the lights fade away and you become a fleeting moment in life. Pete Maravich

  44. We try to stress the little things because little things lead to big things. Steve Alford, Basketball Coach

  45. My children see me being coach enough. I gotta make sure they see me being dad. Steve Alford

  46. Coach Wooden's most important lesson was that we should never focus on the outcome but on the activity itself. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Coach Wooden and Me
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  47. A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals. Larry Bird, Basketball Player

  48. Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds. Larry Bird
    Never Quit

  49. I would tell players to relax and never think about what's at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you've lost your focus. Michael Jordan, Basketball Player
    Stay Focused

  50. If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. Michael Jordan
    Giving Up

  51. There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don't believe there is only one greatest player either. Everyone plays in different eras. I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else's talent. I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era. Michael Jordan

  52. Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God's way to say nobody's perfect. Shaquille O'Neal, Basketball Player
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  53. I really get motivated when I have doubters. Shaquille O'Neal
  54. I really get motivated when I have doubters. Shaquille O'Neal
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  55. If something works for another school, use it. Don't act like you are too good to use other ideas. Hubie Brown, Basketball Coach

  56. One player's selfish attitude can poison a locker room and make it hard, if not impossible, to establish team work. Dean Smith

  57. Playing basketball calls for every part of your body, and every ability to move possessed by the human body. Dre Baldwin, Basketball: The 9 Essential Game Skills

  58. Basketball gave me the confidence to speak out and it gave me the platform to be heard. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Basketball Player
    Self Esteem

  59. It was the loss of the varsity spot that caused things to turn around as Jordan took the bad news and made it his motivation to improve for next year and work harder on his basketball skills with the goal to make the varsity team. Clayton Geoffreys, Michael Jordan: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Players

  60. Remember that drills do not teach, only prepared coaches teach. Walter Carvalho, Basketball: How to Create a Practice Plan

  61. The time when there is no one there to feel sorry for you or to cheer for you is when a player is made. Tim Duncan, Basketball Player
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  62. Good, better, best. Never let it rest.
    Until your good is better and your better is best. Tim Duncan
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  63. Failure is good. It's fetilizer. Everything I've learned about coaching I've learned from making mistakes. Rick Pitino, Basketball Coach

  64. What I do is listen and pay attention. I listen to words and I can tell if they're trustworthy or if they're honest. Moses Malone

  65. I think I started learning lessons about being a good person long before I ever knew what basketball was. And that starts in the home, it starts with the parental influence. Julius Erving, Basketball Player

  66. One of the things in the back of my mind is that, after my sports experience, I never want to be, totally consumed by any one endeavor, other than my family life. Julius Erving

  67. The best thing to do after a poor performance is to bounce back with another great game. Johnny Osaki, NBA's 50 Greatest Basketball Players of All-Time
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  68. The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal. Dave DeBusschere, Basketball Player

  69. One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Basketball Player
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  70. I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Basketball Player

  71. Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise. Kobe Bryant, Basketball Player

  72. I believe that good things come to those who work. Wilt Chamberlain
  73. I believe that good things come to those who work. Wilt Chamberlain, Basketball Player

  74. Coach McCormick now believes that playing pickup games is better for player development. He's seen that players become aware of their weaknesses. Keith Rumjahn, Coaching from the base up
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  75. Players seldom do what their coach teaches. Players always do what their coach emphasizes. Kevin Sivils, Coaching Basketball
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  76. They say that a successful basketball team is one where: ... Defeat is accepted with dignity and lessons are learned from mistakes. Jame Wilson, How to Be Better At Basketball in 21 days

  77. I grew up watching basketball played the right way. Guys looking for the open man. Guys making the extra pass. Guys giving their best and coming through in big moments. Bill Simmons, The Book of Basketball
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  78. Preparation is critical, but sometimes in such moments, the best thing you can do has nothing to do with what's happening on the court but what is going on inside the players' heads. Jay Triano, Open Look: Canadian Basketball and Me

  79. One of the ways to improve creativity is to force players to think. Keith Rumjahn, Coaching from the base up

  80. Helping kids get a handle on the basics of the game - from dribbling and shooting to rebounding and defending - is crucial for their long-term enjoyment of the sport. Greg Bach, Coaching Basketball For Dummies

  81. If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life. Isaiah Thomas, Basketball Player

  82. I've tried to handle winning well, so that maybe we'll win again, but I've also tried to handle failure well. If those serve as good examples for teachers and kids, then I hope that would be a contribution I have made to sport. Mike Krzyzewski, Basketball Coach

  83. Acknowledge the difficult spot you're in and commence digging out of it. Don't point fingers, don't recriminate, and don't make excuses. Stay positive and get to work. Rick Pitino, Rebound Rules: The Art of Success 2.0
    Positive Attitude

  84. Don't let what other people think decide who you are. Dennis Rodman, Basketball Player
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  85. In fact, it is the success of the entire team that brings home a championship title. Johnny Osaki, NBA's 50 Greatest Basketball Players of All-Time
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