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Basketball Quotes

Reflect and learn from great and timeless quotes by Basketball Coaches and Players around the world. These quotes are always a great source for motivation.

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“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

“You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.”

-Michael Jordan

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

-Michael Jordan

“I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.”

-Michael Jordan

“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”

-Michael Jordan

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

-Michael Jordan

“I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot…and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why… I succeed.”

-Michael Jordan

“A winner is someone who recognizes his God- given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.”

Larry Bird

“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.”

-Jerry West

“In all the research you do as a coach, studying other coaches and championship-type situations, you find that all those teams combined talent with great defense. You’ve got to stop other teams to win.”

-Pat Riley

“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – are all an opportunity for me to rise.”

-Kobe Bryant

“Everything happens for a reason. I’m used to it, I prepare for it. Like I say, at the end of the day, those in charge of their own destiny are going to do what’s right for them and their family.”

-Shaquille O’neal

“Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.”

-Phil Jackson

“What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.”

-John Wooden

“The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win  that is important.”

-Bob Knight

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”

-Pat Riley

“Failure is good, it’s fertilizer. Everything I’ve learned about coaching, I’ve learned from making mistakes.”

-Rick Pitino

“There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.”

-Pat Riley


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