Basketball Quotes

Basketball is a sport with an objective to shoot a ball through a mounted hoop. It is played between two teams. Many people watch basketball as entertainment. As for basketball players, the game builds confidence, endurance, concentration, discipline, and teamwork. It is a fun and exciting game to watch and to play.

Browse through a collection of basketball quotes from famous basketball players, coaches, celebrities and other basketball enthusiasts. Find basketball quotes, inspirational basketball quotes, basketball motivational quotes and much more.

 

J. Cole- Competitive Spirit Behind Everything

J. Cole- Competitive Spirit Behind Everything

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I’m not gonna be bad at anything, and I want to actually be the best at anything I’m doing. So if I’m playing basketball, if I’m taking the SATs, like, there’s a competitive spirit behind it. With production, it’s the same thing.

J. Cole
Source: “J. Cole On Competition And Writing Honest Songs”. “Microphone Check” with Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley, www.npr.org. June 23, 2013.
Michael Jordan- Love for Basketball

Michael Jordan- Love for Basketball

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The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, a place I’ve always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It’s been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.

Pete Carill- Success In Basketball

Pete Carill- Success In Basketball

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The two ingredients in success in basketball are playing hard and playing intelligently.     

Pete Carill

Jason Behr- Competition in Basketball

Jason Behr- Competition in Basketball

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If you’re playing basketball with someone who’s better than you, you have to get better or else it’s no fun.     

Jason Behr

Bill Bradley Quote On Basketball

Bill Bradley Quote On Basketball

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Basketball can serve as a kind of metaphor for ultimate cooperation. It is a sport where success, as symbolized by the championship, requires that the dictates of community prevail over selfish impulses.

Bill Bradley

Ogden Nash Quote On Basketball

Ogden Nash Quote On Basketball

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Basketball, a game which won’t be fit for people until they set the basket umbilicus-high and return the giraffes to the zoo.     

Ogden Nash

Isiah Thomas- Trust and Confidence in Basketball

Isiah Thomas- Trust and Confidence in Basketball

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Basketball is not played simply with X’s and O’s. It’s played with both trust and confidence.     

Isiah Thomas

David Blatt- Sacrifices In Basketball

David Blatt- Sacrifices In Basketball

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Basketball is a game of sacrificing yourself for the next guy, being a team that takes good shots, and taking the right shots.     

David Blatt

Bob Donewald- Basketball is Not An Equal Opportunity Game

Bob Donewald- Basketball is Not An Equal Opportunity Game

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Basketball is not an equal opportunity game. If you can’t shoot it well, you don’t get to shoot.     

Bob Donewald

Phil Jackson Quote On Basketball

Phil Jackson Quote On Basketball

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Basketball is a sport that involves the subtle interweaving of players at full speed to the point where they are thinking and moving as one.     

Phil Jackson

Dr. Jack Ramsay- Imagery In Basketball

Dr. Jack Ramsay- Imagery In Basketball

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A key basketball skill is imagery. The best players see situations before they happen so they can be prepared.

Dr. Jack Ramsay

Dean Smith - Players do not need to take same shots

Dean Smith – Players do not need to take same shots

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Basketball is a team game. But that doesn’t mean all five players should take the same amount of shots     

Bob Knight - Basketball and defense

Bob Knight – Basketball and defense

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Good basketball always starts with good defense!

Bob Knight- The Most Enjoyable Part of Basketball

Bob Knight- The Most Enjoyable Part of Basketball

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I just love the game of basketball so much. The game! I don’t need the 18,000 people screaming and all the peripheral things. To me, the most enjoyable part is the practice and preparation.     

Bob Knight

Bill Russell- Basketball is a Game of Habits

Bill Russell- Basketball is a Game of Habits

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

Bill Russell

Larry Bird- Mastering The Fundamentals In Basketball

Larry Bird- Mastering The Fundamentals In Basketball

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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

Jim Calhoun Quote On Basketball

Jim Calhoun Quote On Basketball

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Basketball doesn’t care what color your skin is. It doesn’t care what language you speak or what religion you practice. It doesn’t care if you’re big or small, fast or slow. It just asks you to play, to compete, to lose with dignity, to win with humility.

Jim Calhoun

Tony Alfonso- The Game of Basketball

Tony Alfonso- The Game of Basketball

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The game of basketball is a game of accepting failure; of accepting imperfection; of realizing that the perfect game has never been played, never will be played, or ever could be played.      

Tony Alfonso

Dean Smith- Basketball is About Unselfish Acts and Sacrifices

Dean Smith- Basketball is About Unselfish Acts and Sacrifices

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Basketball, more than any other sport, is a team game about the thousands of small, unselfish acts, the sacrifices on the part of the players that result in team building.

Dean Smith

Bob Sundvold- A Chance To Be Great In Basketball

Bob Sundvold- A Chance To Be Great In Basketball

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Basketball is a game that gives you every chance to be great, and puts every pressure on you to prove that you haven’t got what it takes. It never takes away the chance, and it never eases up on the pressure.

Bob Sundvold

Mike Krzyzewski- Teamwork in Basketball

Mike Krzyzewski- Teamwork in Basketball

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A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That’s how I want you to play.      

Mike Krzyzewski

Phil Jackson- Basketball is a Simple Game

Phil Jackson- Basketball is a Simple Game

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Basketball is a simple game. Your goal is penetration, get the ball close to the basket, and there are three ways to do that. Pass, dribble and offensive rebound.

Phil Jackson

Kyrie Irving- Basketball is an Art

Kyrie Irving- Basketball is an Art

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Basketball isn’t a game; It’s an art form. You master the fundamentals so you can forget ’em, so you can improvise and just concentrate on what really matters: getting buckets.

Kyrie Irving

Dean Smith- Basketball is a Beautiful Game

Dean Smith- Basketball is a Beautiful Game

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Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.     

Dean Smith

Red Auerbach- Basketball is like War

Red Auerbach- Basketball is like War

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Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.

Red Auerbach    

Dan Frisby- Basketball is Like Photography

Dan Frisby- Basketball is Like Photography

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Basketball is like photography, if you don’t focus, all you have is the negative.

Dan Frisby