Basketball Winning Quotes

Inspirational Basketball Winning Quotes for Athletes

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

- Michael Jordan
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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
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My focus is basketball, and that's it.

- Kyrie Irving
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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
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The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.

- Bobby Knight
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It's important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. Never stop trying.

- John Wooden
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What distinguishes a great player is his presence. When he goes on to the court, his presence dominates the atmosphere

- Bill Russell
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The single most important aspect of coaching is running effective practices.

- Bob Knight
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You don't play against opponents; you play against the game of basketball

- Bob Knight
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Passing is your best weapon against man to man. Dribble penetration is your best weapon against zone

- Bob Knight
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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
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What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it

- Dean Smith
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I always wanted to be a basketball player. Nothing more, nothing less.

- Dirk Nowitzki
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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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Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.

- John Wooden
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Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory

- Bill Russell
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The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot

- Bill Russell
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The key is not the ‘will to win'… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important

- Bob Knight
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I always designed my practice plans the night before and then made tweaks a few hours before practice began

- Bob Knight
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Good basketball always starts with good defense!

- Bob Knight
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