Motivational Basketball Quotes

The 50 Best Basketball Sayings and Quotes

You are looking for a little motivational basketball quote? Class. The best basketball players and coaches of all time have not only made world-class performances on the field but also said off the field some wise, funny, or smart things that are guaranteed to inspire you.

Bill Russells basketball proverbs

Motivational Basketball Quotes
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“The only important statistic is the final score.” – Bill Russell

“Create selflessness as the most important team feature.”

“The most important thing for me are the friends I found (through basketball).”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s well-known quotes

Motivational Basketball Quotes

“A man can be a crucial part of a team, but a man can not form a team on his own” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Great players are ready to give up their personal achievements for the group’s performance, enriching everyone.”

“You have to be able to center yourself, let go of all your emotions, never forget that you are playing with your soul as well as your body.”

“I tell the kids to follow their basketball dreams, but I’m also telling them that this is not their only dream.”

“It’s OK to make mistakes, that’s how we learn – if we compete with each other, mistakes are made.”

Larry Bird Basketball Quotes

“When I was young, I never wanted to leave the field until I had perfected things, and my dream was to become a basketball pro.”

“It does not matter who scores the points, but it’s more important to get the ball to the shooter.”

“Once you’re called ‘the best,’ you want to stay up there, and you can not do that by hanging around.”

“I have the theory that if you give 100 percent all the time, things will eventually work out.”

“Do not be soothed by success, do not be held back from losing, do not let your teammates down in any situation.”

Michael Jordan Quotes

Michael Jordan Quotes

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“Limits, just like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan


“I firmly believe in the power of purpose, step by step, I see no other way to achieve anything.”

“Accept defeat as a learning experience and never point your finger at your teammates.”

“The success does not stop when you arrive there.”

“If you try to achieve something, there will be obstacles.” I had them, everyone had them. ”

“There were times when I failed, but there were never any times when I thought I would fail.”

“Being scared on the pitch means you are not sure of your abilities.”

“I do not do things half-heartedly, because I know that when I do, I can expect half-hearted results.”

“The heart is what distinguishes good from great.”

“If you run against a wall, do not turn around and give up, figure out how to scale it, walk it through or around it.”

“I do not sweat for 3 hours just to figure out what it’s like to sweat,”

“If it turns out that my best was not good enough, at least I will not look back and say that I was afraid to try.”

“Sometimes it does not go to your liking, but the effort should be there every night.”

“You have to expect things from yourself before you can do them.”

Phil Jackson’s famous quotes

“You can not impose your will on people, if you want them to behave differently you have to inspire them to change themselves”

“I live on challenges, and there’s no greater challenge for someone in my job than winning an NBA title.”

“Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.”

“When you’ve done the mental work, there comes a point where you have to jump into the fray and take the step.”

“Maturity begins to grow when you feel a concern for others that exceeds your concern for yourself.”

“Winning is important to me, but what I really enjoy is the experience of being fully involved in what I do.”

“Basketball is a simple game and your goal is the basket – bring the ball close to the basket and there are three ways to do it – a pass, dribble or an offensive rebound.”

“Good teams become great when the members trust each other enough to give up the ego for the we.”

“Not only is life more than just basketball – even basketball is more than just basketball.”

More basketball quotes

“I love it when my teammates succeed, which excites me more than anything else.” – Lebron James Motivational Basketball Quotes

“Anyone who can maintain a positive attitude without much playing time deserves my respect.” – Magic Johnson

“If you’re working on getting better at something, do not do it at half speed.” – Ray Allan

“One of the toughest tasks for a basketball player is to accept his role.” – Scottie Pippen

“The day I stopped worrying about statistics is the day I started winning.” – Shaquille O’Neal


“I know the strengths and weaknesses of my teammates, so I make my decisions.” – Steve Nash

“If every basketball player worked as hard as I did, I would be unemployed.” – Steve Nash

“We are selfless and trust each other.” – Tim Duncan Motivational Basketball Quotes

“It’s a team sport and a single player does not win and one individual does not lose, and in the end, the best team wins.” – Wilt Chamberlain

You always have to be nervous. You must always treat each exercise, each game as if it were your last. “- Kobe Bryant

It’s not about the number of hours you practice, but the number of hours your mind is present during exercise. ” –  Kobe Bryant

“Goals determine what you will be.” – Julius Erving

“It’s not up to anyone else to get me to do my best.” – Hakeem Olajuwon Motivational Basketball Quotes

“I always laugh when people ask me about rebounding techniques, I have a technique called ‘just get the damn ball’.” – Charles Barkley

Basketball quotes to laugh

That athletes like to make funny sayings is nothing new. In football Lothar Matthäus is especially known for his brisk slogans , in basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal brings a lot of funny sayings, and other basketball players occasionally have a clown for breakfast.

After all, it’s not just football that produces some of the best quotes, such as Franz Beckenbauer’s ultimate saying “There will not be much change on the score unless it’s scored.” Below are some of the funniest spells in basketball:

“At my best, I could have taken on Michael Jordan. Of course he would have been twelve years old. “- Jerry Sloan

“One of the best techniques to play against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Just give him the ball.” Earvin “Magic” Johnson

“The only difference between a good and a bad throw is whether he goes in or not.” – Charles Barkley

“I will be the old Shaq again. Last year I was ordinary, I was an earthling. I have to go back to my alien roots. “- Shaquille O’Neal

“The fact that I’m only 40 percent off the free throw line is God’s way of saying that no one is perfect.” – Shaquille O’Neal

If these best basketball quotes do not promise an exciting and fun 2017/18 basketball season!



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