30 Funny Basketball Quotes To Put A Smile On Your Face

In theory, basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender’s hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. But in reality, basketball is more than just a team sport, it is a lifestyle for many. Best funny basketball quotes will fire up your brain and inspire you to look at life differently while making you laugh.

Here are some funny basketball quotes and slogans:

Funniest Basketball Quotes

“I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.” — Michael Scott (Steve Carell), The Office

“They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.” — Wilt Chamberlain

“We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees.” — Jason Kidd

“I can’t palm a basketball. I can’t dunk. I can’t shoot the three. And yet, here I am in the NBA.” — Brian Scalabrine

“You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“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

“Basketball is like photography; if you don’t focus, all you have is the negative.” — Dan Frisby

“Sometimes the biggest problem is in your head. You’ve got to believe you can play a perfect game, and then go out and play it.” — Jerry West

“My mother told me to be a lady. And for her, that meant be your own person, be independent.” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“I’m like tax returns; you don’t have to like me, but I’m here to stay.” — Metta World Peace (Ron Artest)

“When I dunk, I put something on it. I want the ball to hit the floor before I do.” — Darryl Dawkins

“You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.” — Bobby Knight

“I’m not afraid of heights. I’m afraid of widths.” — Steven Wright

“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

“I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me. And the one guy who didn’t vote for me, thank you, too.” — Shaquille O’Neal

“If you’re not talking, you’re not playing defense.” — Doc Rivers

“I look like a fool with my pants on the ground.” — Charles Barkley

“I’m not a role model… Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” — Charles Barkley

“I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“I love seeing kids smile. I enjoy making people happy. If I can do that by showing off my talents and my abilities, I’m more than happy.” — LeBron James

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan

“Basketball is a game with two halves. But if you had two halves, you wouldn’t have a whole game, you’d have two halves.” — Charles Barkley

“If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful!” — Charles Barkley

“The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not.” — Charles Barkley

“I’ve never been afraid of big moments. I get butterflies… I get nervous and anxious, but I think those are all good signs that I’m ready for the moment.” — Stephen Curry

“You don’t need a bunch of guys playing for themselves. That’s when you’re in trouble. But when you’ve got guys playing for the team, nobody can beat you.” — Joe Dumars

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African Proverb, often quoted by LeBron James

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” — Tim Duncan

“All the traveling in the world can’t make up for getting your shot blocked.” — Charles Barkley

“There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket.” — Abe Lemons

These quotes capture the humor and wisdom of basketball, often highlighting the lighter side of the game while still offering valuable insights.