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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

  • I’ve never lost a game I just ran out of time. Michael Jordan
  • I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it. Kobe Bryant
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  • Michael Jordan is the greatest player ever because he has the best individual contributions to the team’s success in the regular season and postseason to go along with winning 6 NBA Championships. Johnny Osaki
  • Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. Michael Jordan
  • The most we can hope for is to create the best possible conditions for success, then let go of the outcome. The ride is a lot more fun that way. Phil Jackson
  • If every basketball player worked as hard as I did, I’d be out of a job. Steve Nash
  • You don’t need great skill to be a tough rebounder; being a rebounder is all about effort, determination, and physicality. Mike Malone
  • Talent does all of the hard work on the court, but a player’s character and demeanor on and off of it are what defines his future as a superstar. Clayton Geoffreys
  • The basketball court for me, during a game, is the most peaceful place I can imagine. On the basketball court, I worry about nothing. When I’m out there, no one can bother me… Michael Jordan
  • The goal is to make practice more difficult, physically/mentally, than anything your players will face during a game. Bob Knight
  • If all I’m remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I’ve done a bad job with the rest of my life. Isiah Thomas
  • Love never fails; Character never quits, and with patience and persistence; dreams do come true. Pete Maravich
  • Your best player has to set a tone of intolerance for anything that gets in the way of winning. Jeff Van Gundy
  • As a leader, your job is to do everything in your power to create the perfect conditions for success by benching your ego and inspiring your team to play the game the right way. But at some point, you need to let go and turn yourself over to the basketball gods. The soul of success is surrendering to what is. Phil Jackson
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  • Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden
  • I look at my jersey and see the NBA logo, I’m like, ‘I didn’t think I’d be here.’ Kevin Durant
  • There is nothing wrong with dedication and goals, but if you focus on yourself, all the lights fade away and you become a fleeting moment in life. Pete Maravich
  • The day I stopped worrying about stats is the day I started winning. Shaquille O’Neal
  • There is no I in a team but there is in a win. Michael Jordan
  • The important thing is that your teammates have to know you’re pulling for them and you really want them to be successful. Kobe Bryant
  • Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. Michael Jordan
  • One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • I’ve always been impressed by Kobe’s resilience and ironclad self-confidence. Unlike Shaq, who was often plagued by self-doubt, Kobe never let such thoughts cross his mind. If someone set the bar at ten feet, he’d jump eleven, even if no one had ever done it before. That’s the attitude he brought with him when he arrived at training camp that fall, and it had a powerful impact on his teammates. Phil Jackson
  • It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. John Wooden
  • If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life. Michael Jordan
  • People just don’t understand how obsessed I am with winning. Kobe Bryant
  • 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
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  • That’s why at the start of every season I always encouraged players to focus on the journey rather than the goal. What matters most is playing the game the right way and having the courage to grow, as human beings as well as basketball players. When you do that, the ring takes care of itself. Phil Jackson

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