Basketball Quotes

Inspirational Basketball Quotes for Athletes

Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.

- Magic Johnson
12
Some people believe you win with your five best players, but I found out that you win with the five who fit together best.

- Red Auerbach
7
I am, first of all, a basketball player. I've done this for so very long... For me, it's been essential to be successful on the court.

- Tony Parker
6
What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.

- John Wooden
4
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
4
I'm not a role model... Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids.

- Charles Barkley
4
The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I'd made my teammates play

- Bill Russell
4
Trying to take money out of politics is like trying to take jumping out of basketball.

- Bill Bradley
3
My focus is basketball, and that's it.

- Kyrie Irving
3
I think probably one of the coolest things was when I went to play basketball at Rucker Park in Harlem. First of all, who would think that Larry the Cable Guy would go to Harlem to play basketball? And I was received like a rock star. It was amazing! There were people everywhere. There were guys walking by yelling, 'Git 'r done!'

- Larry the Cable Guy
3
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

- Michael Jordan
10
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.

- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
7
Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.

- Larry Bird
5
I always wanted to be a basketball player. Nothing more, nothing less.

- Dirk Nowitzki
4
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
4
Joy comes from places you least expect it. It's usually the simple things, like watching my son play basketball or going through Central Park when the blossoms are blooming.

- Dave Gahan
4
What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it

- Dean Smith
4
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
3
Whirlyball is only the most awesome sport on the planet! It's like bumper cars plus lacrosse meets basketball.

- St. Vincent
3
What is the best thing you can do in a close game? Drive to the basket and put pressure on the defense! Not jack up jump shots

- Bob Knight
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