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179+ GREATEST Inspirational Basketball Quotes

Basketball has become one of the most popular sports in the world since its invention in 1891 by a Canadian American physical educator named James Naismith.

Like the game of life, having the right motivation plays a key role to keep improving your basketball skills.

When you are trying to improve yourself and reach the next level, it can be helpful to have the best inspiring basketball quotes at hand.

These top quotes will inspire you to keep pushing your limits. The collections of workout quotes, progress sayings, and stay strong quotes will encourage you to train harder and to never give up on your dreams.

List of Most Inspirational Basketball Quotes Ever

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  • To inspire the players, I adapted a quote from Walt Whitman and taped it on their lockers before the first game of the playoffs, against the Miami Heat. ‘Henceforth we seek not good fortune, we are ourselves good fortune’. Phil Jackson
  • Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you’ve got him. Bill Russell
  • If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit. Never quit! Michael Jordan
  • The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. Phil Jackson
  • When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game. Michael Jordan
  • Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. Michael Jordan
  • I really get motivated when I have doubters. Shaquille O’Neal
  • I’ve learned what it feels like to lose, believe me. But I think, in the end, that is just going to make winning that much better. Kevin Durant
  • Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds. Larry Bird
  • You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good. Jerry West
  • Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. Michael Jordan
  • Research has shown that people who meditate and think about every aspect of the game in their heads are better prepared for the game environment when the moment of truth arrives. Jame Wilson
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  • Teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. Mike Krzyzewski
  • Put great thought to what and how you practice. Once practice is done you can never get that time back. Did you simulate the game? Kevin Eastman
  • The key is not the ‘will to win’… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important. Bob Knight
  • Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation. Michael Jordan
  • Please be aware that if you volunteer to coach youth basketball, you’re taking on a very important role. How you approach the season and how you interact with the kids will affect how they feel about themselves, the sport of basketball, and you. Greg Bach
  • I think the reason why I’m the person who I am today is that I went through those tough times when I was younger. LeBron James
  • There’s only one thing we can control, and that is how hard we play. Don Meyer
  • The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot. Bill Russell
  • Basketball, like all sports, is predicated on the execution of fundamentals. The coach is a teacher. His subject: fundamentals. Dr. Jack Ramsay
  • When you think you have done enough, do a little more, because someone out there is working harder than you. Larry Bird
  • The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace. Michael Jordan
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  • A lot of late nights in the gym, a lot of early mornings, especially when your friends are going out, you’re going to the gym, those are the sacrifices that you have to make if you want to be an NBA basketball player. Jason Kidd
  • If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful! Charles Barkley
  • When you’re not practicing, someone else is getting better. Allen Iverson
  • Hall of Fame player and coach John Wooden stated that all players must learn to execute the fundamental skills properly and quickly in order to be successful. Don Meyer
  • 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

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