Basketball Quotes

A sport which many enjoy, both playing and watching. Enjoy our collection of basketball quotes. We hope you find them inspirational.
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One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.
Bobby Knight

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

You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.
Jerry West

Basketball doesn't build character. It reveals it.
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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

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

Not only is there more to life than basketball, there's a lot more to basketball than basketball.
Phil Jackson

Commitment to the team - there is no such thing as in-between, you are either in our out. Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for a promotion or any other significant change.
Pat Riley

We try to stress the little things because little things lead to big things.
Steve Alford

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

Never mistake activity for achievement.
John Wooden

Morale and attitude are the fundamentals to success.
Bud Wilkinson

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

As far as carrying the torch for the years to come, I don't know. I just want to be the best basketball player I can be.
Kobe Bryant

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

I used a lot of visualization in terms of who I would be guarding and who would be guarding me. When I was walking down the street for, say, lunch, I'd imagine those individuals in front of me. I'd imagine going around them.
Isaiah Thomas

Everything happens for a reason. I'm used to it, I prepare for it. Like I say, at the end of the day, those in charge of their own destiny are going to do what's right for them and their family.
Shaquille O'Neal

Prepare for every game like you just lost your last game.
Lon Kruger

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

Don't let what other people think decide who you are.
Dennis Rodman

The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal.
Dave DeBusschere

Your ability to communicate to your young people will determine your success.
Jim Harrick

Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath.
Wilt Chamberlain

This is the second most exciting indoor sport, and the other one shouldn't have spectators.
Dick Vertleib

Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.
James Naismith

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

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

Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.
Scottie Pippen

Everything negative - pressure, challenges - are all an opportunity for me to rise.
Kobe Bryant

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

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