Basketball teaches players patience, determination, and the value of teamwork. YourDictionary’s collection of basketball quotes serves as motivation for players of all skill levels.
Basketball is my life. It never ends.
I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not.charles barkley
Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.larry bird
Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.Dean Smith
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
I think he's just God disguised as Michael Jordan.larry bird
This is a day that I had hoped would never come. It has to be the toughest day in the history of the Chicago Bulls. It's a tough day for Chicago.
Number 45 doesn't explode like Number 23 used to.
Michael Jordan is sort of...the hip-hop version of Dr. JMichael Jordan
There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket.Abe Lemons
When I dunk, I put something on it. I want the ball to hit the floor before I do.Darryl Dawkins
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
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
Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you’ve got him.bill russell
Basketball is a team game. But that doesn't mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.Dean Smith
What type of teammates do you want to play with? Be that teammate yourself.John Calipari
I do not judge success based on championships; rather, I judge it on how close we came to realizing our potential.john wooden
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
Our offense is like the pythagorean theorem: There is no answer!
They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds.wilt chamberlain
What is love? Love is playing every game like it's your last.Michael Jordan
I always have confidence, whether I miss four in a row or make four in a row, that the next one's going in. To a coach, sometimes that might not make sense.Stephen Curry
I always wanted to be a basketball player. Nothing more, nothing less.Dirk nowitzki
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
I'll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it's sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot.kobe bryant
I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.Michael Jordan
The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, 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.Michael Jordan
Dedicated players put in many hours of practice refining their skills in dribbling, shooting, running, jumping, and passing. In fact, Nate Robinson, an American professional basketball player, describes basketball as an all-consuming passion. "Basketball is my life. It never ends," he said.
Since basketball is, by nature, a competitive sport, players must eventually come to terms with the fact they can't win every game. Michael Jordan rose to fame playing for the Chicago Bulls and is considered by many to be one of the world's greatest players. Even so, he stresses that he has experienced his fair share of failure. "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games, 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed," he said.
When they retire from the game, professional basketball players often begin coaching. However, making this transition isn't always easy. Larry Bird took up coaching after retiring from the Boston Celtics, serving as head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. "I was always making decisions and they were easier decisions because I had control of the game, I had control of the ball. As a coach, you sort of put the ball in other player's hands and let them make decisions for you. But I still get a kick out of winning basketball games and that's what I'm in this for," he said.