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50 Best and Motivational Basketball Quotes of All Time!

Basketball has not only captured the hearts of fans around the world but has also additionally served as a profound source of inspiration for players, propelling them to achieve greatness. From legendary athletes to renowned coaches, the sport has produced a wealth of wisdom in the form of basketball quotes. Here are the 50 best and most inspirational basketball quotes of all time:

50 Best and Motivational Basketball Quotes

  • “The only way to succeed is to make people hate you. That’s the only way you can do it.” – Larry Bird
  • “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
  • “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson
  • “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke
  • “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Vince Lombardi
  • “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  • “Success is not an accident, success is actually a choice.” – Stephen Curry
  • “The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not.” – Charles Barkley
  • “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan
  • “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi
  • “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” – Jim Valvano

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  • “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” – Vince Lombardi
  • “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” – Jerry West
  • “Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” – John Wooden
  • “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.” – Venus Williams
  • “I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.” – Muhammad Ali
  • “The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
  • “Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.” – Robert Half
  • “The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.” – Michael Jordan

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  • “I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know that I’m going to be positive and not wake up feeling desperate.” – Kobe Bryant
  • “The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do.” – Kobe Bryant
  • “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.” – Sam Levenson
  • “Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.” – Shaquille O’Neal
  • “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” – John Wooden
  • “If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.” – Kobe Bryant
  • “The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal.” – Dave DeBusschere
  • “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” – Billie Jean King
  • “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.” – Michael Jordan
  • “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon
  • “Basketball is like photography. If you don’t focus, all you have is the negative.” – Dan Frisella
  • “The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle.” – Tim Duncan
  • “There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either.” – Michael Jordan
  • “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” – Tim Duncan
  • “The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” – Bobby Knight
  • “You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • “I always believed that if you prepare yourself at every turn, you will be ready when the ball comes your way.” – Kobe Bryant
  • “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” – Arthur Ashe

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  • “I never left the court thinking, ‘I could’ve done more to get ready.’ I always felt like I did everything I could to win.” – Larry Bird
  • “When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.” – Terry Bradshaw
  • “Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.” – Dean Smith
  • “Basketball isn’t just a sport. It is an art, one that must be mastered to succeed.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • “I’m just a kid from Akron, Ohio. I’m not even supposed to be here.” – LeBron James
  • “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing.” – Pelé
  • “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda
  • “Basketball is a team game. But that doesn’t mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.” – Dean Smith
  • “It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight; it’s about the size of the fight in the dog.” – Isiah Thomas
  • “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden

Significance of these Quotes

These 50 basketball quotes resonate with the spirit of competition, perseverance, teamwork, and the pursuit of excellence. They serve as reminders of the resilience and determination required to excel in the game of basketball and can inspire players and fans alike to reach their fullest potential.

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Chaitanya Kale
Chaitanya Kale
Chaitanya is an enthusiastic mind, hailing from the small town of Indore. He is currently pursuing MBA in Sports Management from Symbiosis Institute. He has a great passion for sports even though he doesn't play any game professionally. he is passionate to contribute his best to sports industry through his knowledge, skills and interest.

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