Random Basketball Quotes

"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."

-- anonymous


"Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath."  

-- Wilt Chamberlain


“I would tell players to relax and never think about what’s at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus.”

-- anonymous


“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like Streetball. An old game passes, a new game arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful game.”

-- Dalai Lama (with a little help from Streetball)

” I don’t have to prove myself every night, I just like winning, that’s my motivation, I like to win basketball games

-- Chris Bosh


“It doesn’t matter who scores the points, it’s who can get the ball to the scorer.”

-- Larry Bird


“Don’t think shoot. Soon as you start thinking you miss.”

-- Steve Kerr


Basketball is an expression of life. Like life, basketball is messy and unpredictable. It has its way with you, no matter how hard you try to control it. The trick is to experience each moment with a clear mind and open heart.
When you do that, the game - and life - will take care of itself.

-- anonymous

“The difference between a winner and a loser is a matter of inches - and a matter of attitude.”
-- Nancy Lieberman

“Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God’s way to say nobody’s perfect.”

-- Shaquille O'Neal


“When it’s played the way is spozed to be played, basketball happens in the air; flying, floating, elevated above the floor, levitating the way oppressed peoples of this earth imagine themselves in their dreams.”

-- John Edgar Wideman


"One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team."

-- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


 "Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals."
-- James Naismith


"My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back."  -- Source Unknown


"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best."  -- Tim Duncan


"Basketball doesn't build character it reveals it."  -- Author Unknown


"Basketball is like photography, if you don't focus, all you have is the negative."  -- Dan Frisby


"They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds." 

-- Wilt Chamberlain


"The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play "Drop the Handkerchief."

-- James Naismith


"There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket."

-- Abe Lemons


"If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball."

-- Phil Jackson


"We have a great bunch of outside shooters. Unfortunately, all our games are played indoors."

-- Weldon Drew


"I'm tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok."

-- Shaquille O'Neal


"Left hand, right hand, it doesn't matter. I'm amphibious."

-- Charles Shackleford


"Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team."

-- Scottie Pippen

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  1. You know what would make this blog post more valuable, both for you and your readers? If you could take a lesson from each quote and make it applicable to a real-life problem and/or solution. Otherwise, it'll just be another list of random quotes - like thousands of others.

  2. That's a great advice! thank you so much! I'll definitely do what you said :D

  3. great list of quotes but like the fist commenter said this would be put into context if you put in real life situations :D