179+ GREATEST Inspirational Basketball Quotes

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 quotesprogress 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Discover your gift, develop your gift, and then give it away every day. Don Meyer
  • 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. Michael Jordan
  • If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful! Charles Barkley
  • We’re building a culture of accountability, trust, and togetherness. Entitlement will not be tolerated. Brad Stevens
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  • It takes three things to be a ‘special’ player: talent, character, and competitive fire. Kevin Eastman
  • A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment. John Wooden
  • But that’s the thing about basketball: you don’t play games on paper. Bill Simmons
  • It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit. John Wooden
  • As the game has evolved, the demands upon players have evolved, and practices must evolve to meet these changing demands. Brian McCormick
  • If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end. Julius Erving
  • Instead, he (Michael Jordan) re-directed all of his energies to sports, playing basketball and baseball with the same drive and determination as his siblings and parents had with their work. Charlton Best
  • 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
  • I’m playing; I’m here. I’m going to fight until they tell me they don’t want me anymore. Steve Nash
  • In order to achieve positive results, one must work for them, not hope for them. Bob Knight
  • Don’t mistake activity with achievement. John Wooden
  • There’s no such thing as coulda, shoulda, or woulda. If you shoulda and coulda, you woulda done it. Pat Riley
  • Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work. Michael Jordan
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  • Most of us spend the bulk of our time caught up in thoughts of the past or the future which can be dangerous if your job is winning basketball games. Basketball takes place at such a lightning pace that it’s easy to make mistakes and get obsessed with what just happened or what might happen next, which distracts you from the only thing that really matters this very moment. Phil Jackson
  • The key to success is the failure. Michael Jordan
  • I’m chasing perfection. Kobe Bryant
  • You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again. Pat Riley
  • No matter how hard you work at your craft and no matter how successful you become, people just have to find something negative to hang on you. […] The bar is always being raised as you go. The rules are always being rewritten. There’s aggravation that comes with that, but that’s part of what makes triumph so sweet. Charles Barkley
  • I don’t know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody somewhere was practicing more than me. Larry Bird
  • Approach the game with no preset agendas and you’ll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts. Phil Jackson
  • Sometimes your best effort just isn’t good enough. LeBron James
  • I’ve never lost a game I just ran out of time. Michael Jordan

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