Basketball Quotes

If you love basketball definitely you love basketball quotes.

Sometimes quotes are terrific to motivate and inspire coaches and players. I found myself motivated after reading greatest players quotes. Some quotes might make you laugh, while others might not.

Here I have collected 100 basketball quotes from 50 greatest players of NBA! Hope you will enjoy it.

    1. “Even when I’m old and gray, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game.” ~ Michael Jordan
    2. “Being afraid on the court means you’re not confident of your skills” ~ Michael JordanMichael Jordan Basketball Quotes
    3. “This is a team game and one man doesn’t win and one man doesn’t lose. In the end, the best team usually wins” ~ Wilt Chamberlain
    4. “They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.” ~ Wilt Chamberlain
    5. “Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate
      from his habits, you’ve got him”
       ~ Bill Russell
    6. “The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.”~ Bill Russell
    7. “The stats win nothing. I’m still sexy. I’m still great.”  ~ Shaquille O’Neal
    8. “The biggest thing that will define my legacy is how I’ve done it, and what I’ve done, and who I am. I’m a weird big guy. Doing rapping, doing movies. Do a lot of stuff. But always do things the right way. Went to the police academy to become a police officer. Get his master’s in criminal justice, stayed out of trouble. Played for three different teams. Changed three different franchises around. This is a guy who they would have secret meetings about to change the rules. So, that’s going to be my legacy: the most dominant player ever. ” ~ Shaquille O’Neal
    9. “You’ve got to learn the footwork, the positioning, how to box out, how to pass, how to shoot your free throws. All these things are necessary, not to be the No. 1 player in the world, but maybe you can play against him.” ~ Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson Basketball Quotes

  1. “I think that everyone should be able to dribble. Everyone should be able to pass. Otherwise, why are you out there?” ~ Oscar Robertson
  2. “Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.” ~ Magic Johnson
  3. “Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers.”~ Magic Johnson
  4. “Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody” ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  5. “Five guys on the court working together can achieve more than five talented individuals who come and go as individuals.” ~ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  6. “When our assists lead to baskets, that’s us playing our best, and we begin knocking down shots.” ~ Tim Duncan
  7. “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” ~ Tim Duncan
  8. “Practice habits were crucial to my development in basketball. I didn’t play against the toughest competition in high school, but one reason I was able to do well in college was that I mastered the fundamentals. You’ve got to have them down before you can even think about playing” ~ Larry Bird
  9. “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
  10. “It’s not about the number of hours you practice, it’s about the number of hours your mind is present during the practice” ~ Kobe Bryant
  11. “When you love something, you’ll always come back to it. You’ll always keep asking questions, and finding answers. ~ Kobe Bryant
  12. “Confidence is everything in this game, if you don’t think you can, you won’t” ~ Jerry West
  13. “You can’t imagine how much good luck is involved in winning, but all of a sudden, you get in a situation where every break goes your way, every call goes your way, every ball that rolls around drops in instead of out. It feels magical. ~ Jerry West
  14. “Coaching is easy. Winning is the hard part” ~ Elgin Baylor
  15. “Every time you compete, try harder to improve on your last performance. Give nothing short of your very best effort” ~ Elgin Baylor
  16. “Basketball is in my blood. It is my obligation to try.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  17. “In many ways, my job in soccer was like my job in basketball now. I had to protect the goal. That was the name of the game, not letting the other team score.” ~ Hakeem Olajuwon
  18. “I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.” ~ Julius Erving
  19. “The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.” ~ Julius Erving
  20. “Forget the technique. Hit the guy across from you. Don’t let somebody come in your space.” ~Karl Malone
  21. “When we play the game like we’re supposed to play it, it is pretty easy. Making the extra pass, making the simple play, it’s not about between your legs, behind your back, and all of that, it’s just about scoring the bucket.” ~Karl Malone
  22. “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.” ~ Isiah Thomas
  23. Basketball is not played simply with X’s and O’s. It’s played with both trust and confidence.”~ Isiah Thomas
  24. “If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful!” ~ Charles Barkley
  25. “I don’t worry about playing basketball; that comes natural. I just want to have fun.” ~ Charles Barkley
  26. “I was taught to play the game from a total team concept-to be able to do everything reasonably well and some things extraordinarily well. If I’m not shooting well, I’ll try to be an asset in other ways-like defense, passing, rebounding, and hustle.” ~ Rick Barry
  27. “When you think about what the odds are to have four boys to not only be able to follow in the footsteps in a basketball career but to also be good in the secondary career as far as the broadcasting, it’s pretty remarkable.” ~ Rick Barry
  28. “You’re always going to face criticism, you’re always going to face challenges, but those things are there to make you stronger and more committed.” ~ David Robinson
  29. “I think any player will tell you that individual accomplishments help your ego, but if you don’t win, it makes for a very, very long season. It counts more that the team has played well.” ~ David Robinson
  30. “One of the hardest things for a ball player to do is to accept his role.” ~ Scottie Pippen
  31. “Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.” ~ Scottie Pippen
  32. “Championship teams are built on being prepared, playing unselfishly and being held accountable” ~ Jason Kidd
  33. “Hard work does pay, and you just have to continue to work, and you got two guys, when you’re talking about Gary and myself, we have a God-given talent, but we worked at it and we’re happy to be where we are today.” ~ Jason Kidd
  34. “They say no matter how hard you work, there’s always someone, somewhere working harder then you. Guess what.. I’m that someone” ~ Kevin Garnett
  35. “I’ve never been an individual guy. I never cared about the accolades. I’ve always been driven by the competition and the learning process.” ~ Kevin Garnett
  36. “There is a lot of pressure put on me, but I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel if I play my game, it will take care of itself.”~Lebron James
  37. “You can’t be afraid to fail. It’s the only way you succeed – you’re not gonna succeed all the time, and I know that.”~Lebron James
  38. “”It’s not my job to look good. It’s my job to make other people look good.” ~ Wes Unseld
  39. “I didn’t do anything very pretty. My contributions were in the intangibles. But, they were the type of things that help lead a team.. ~ Wes Unseld
  40. “Everybody keeps telling me how surprised they are with what I’ve done. But I’m telling you honestly that it doesn’t surprise me. I knew I could do it.” ~ Patrick Ewing
  41. “If I want to average 32 points a game, I can do that easily. It’s just eight, eight, eight, eight. No problem. I can do that anytime. That’s not being cocky. That’s confidence.” ~ Patrick Ewing
  42. “I’m not perfect. But I am trying every day to concentrate on being better.” ~ Allen Iverson
  43. “A jump shot can get you a shoe deal, a big house, a supermodel, fancy cars, a bunch of yes men, a Swiss bank account. But none of these things can get you a jump shot.” ~ Allen Iverson
  44. “I think it goes hand in hand because if you discipline yourself on the floor, as you become an older player or a more seasoned individual, it adds structure in your life.” ~ Dominique Wilkins
  45. “I bleed and breathe Hawks. Even when I played for other teams I felt funny, because I was a Hawk..” ~ Dominique Wilkins
  46. “This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can’t see how deep it is.” ~ Dennis Rodman
  47. “The people at the top of the league think they need to rein me in so I don’t become another Michael Jordan, somebody they aren’t able to mold and shape and make their puppet.” ~ Dennis Rodman
  48. “Nobody knows that they’re going to be Champions – you have to work to get there.” ~ Dwyane Wade
  49. “As long as you put on a jersey, no matter what kind of jersey it is, as long as you’re supporting the game of basketball, I enjoy it.” ~ Dwyane Wade
  50. “The guys that improve every year are those that are always adding something to their game.” ~ Steve Nash
  51. “I learned at a young age to dribble with both hands, and that allows me to be more creative when I go against bigger and stronger opponents.” ~ Steve Nash
  52. “I don’t have the physical talent those guys have. My hard work has made me very good.” ~ Reggie Miller
  53. “I’ve always liked to shoot from the hip. This is the perfect fit for me … I’m willing to earn my spurs, because once again, after 18 years I’m back to being a rookie.” ~ Reggie Miller
  54. “I know, basketball is a dance. I didn’t understand the significance of that type of training at first. I was supposed to read poems…” ~ Dirk Nowitzki
  55. “I always wanted to be a basketball player. Nothing more, nothing less.” ~ Dirk Nowitzki
  56. “I played basketball to try to get my parents from working so hard.” ~ James Worthy
  57. “If you feel pain, you have to make up your mind whether you can play with it or not.” ~ James Worthy
  58. “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
  59. “If I have a choice whether to do the show or throw a straight pass, and we’re going to get the basket either way, I’m going to do the show.” ~ Pete Maravich
  60. “Anybody that shoots a hook shot, whatever hand, I jump up and cheer because it’s the easiest shot, it’s the best tweener shot.” ~ Tom Heinsohn
  61. “Chuck Daly was a man and a coach who everyone had great respect for, and to be recognized in his memory is very special.” ~ Tom Heinsohn
  62. “It’s a game of habit, or repetition. You can’t play one way in practice and another way in a game. It’s a reflex. The game is so quick you don’t have time to think.” ~ Bill Sharman
  63. “Tomorrow never really comes, so todays performance is what really counts.” ~ Bill Sharman
  64. “You can want and hope, or you can make it happen.” ~ Alonzo Mourning
  65. “I am reaching a point in my life where the basketball chapter in my life is slowly closing from a competition standpoint.” ~ Alonzo Mourning
  66. “Basketball is one of those rare opportunities where you can make a difference, not only for yourself, but for other people as well.” ~ Bill Walton
  67. “Winning is about having the whole team on the same page.” ~ Bill Walton
  68. “It’s all a learning process. You’ve got to learn from experience, the battles you go through. Some guys continue to grow. Hopefully, that’s what I’ll continue do.” ~ Paul Pierce
  69. “I’ve never been on the cover of a game. When people go into the store and see me on the cover of a game, maybe that will entice them to buy it.” ~ Paul Pierce
  70. “I think the (brawl) made the league and the players more conscious of our responsibility to the public.” ~ Joe Dumars
  71. “We have very smart players and they’ve been fortunate to play for three very good coaches.” ~ Joe Dumars
  72. “It comes down to consistency-if you want to be a great shooter, you have to shoot the same way every time.” ~ Ray Allen
  73. “I’m always ready to step up and take that shot.”~ Ray Allen
  74. “I just want to fit in and win games for my team.” ~ Chris Webber
  75. “I’ve been in the league 12 years. To sit on the bench and complain about the way things were, that doesn’t get anything done. I don’t know. I’m playing for a championship and trying to make the playoffs. My effort has never changed.” ~ Chris Webber
  76. The only way to shut people up is just by winning and just playing basketball.” ~ Dwight Howard
  77. “Basketball has brought me a lot of joy, brought me a lot of good things. Just that side of it has really affected me.” ~ Dwight Howard
  78. “When an elevator brings u upstairs, you better send it back down in order to bring others up!” ~ Dikembe Mutombo
  79. “It’s easy to be a spokesman and ambassador for a great organization like the NBA. I thank Commissioner David Stern for putting that trust in me to serve the NBA around the globe.” ~ Dikembe Mutombo
  80. “If our minds and hearts are into it, we can be a heck of a team. We can beat anybody.” ~ Pau Gasol
  81. “I may not be the most physical player, that’s not my nature. But I am a competitor and I play as hard as I can.” ~ Pau Gasol
  82. “I’m the guy that stands out in all the crowds, so I don’t get out there and dance, but I can dance.” ~ Tracy McGrady 
  83. “People are really hesitant about expressing that they don’t know something – but what’s the big deal? I’m not ashamed about that at all.” ~ Tracy McGrady
  84. “The great thing about sports is you constantly have to prove yourself. You constantly have to go out there and do it, day in and day out.” ~ Grant Hill
  85. “I’ve done a lot of basketball drills, not a whole lot of competitive stuff. I have basically been in the gym everyday working on my game, working on the time off that I’ve had from the game, just getting myself prepared mentally and physically for the season.” ~ Grant Hill
  86. “Everybody is different. Everybody has different styles. Just do it the best way you know how.” ~ Vince Carter
  87. “My parents are my inspiration. Believe it or not, they’re my personal coaches. After every game I still call them and get their take on how I played.” ~ Vince Carter
  88. “Basketball isn’t easy. All my life I’ve been striving to make myself better. It’s a full time commitment. To be the best, you have to work the hardest. You have to chase what seems impossible over and over and over again, because giving up is not an option, and when you feel like you’ve reached your limit, it’s only the beginning, that’s when the time to dig deep, to find the courage to push some more, because if you’ve got the drive, the discipline, and the resolve to do what it takes to make yourself great, then the rewards are endless.” ~ LeBron James
  89. “You can’t be afraid to fail. It’s the only way you succeed – you’re not gonna succeed all the time, and I know that.” ~ LeBron James
  90. “So many people doubted me. They motivated me every single day, to be, who I am.” ~ Kevin Durant
  91. “I don’t know what I’m going to do tomorrow. I just know for sure I’m going to keep playing basketball.” ~ Kevin Durant

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