50+ Best NBA Quotes: Exclusive Selection

The National Basketball Association is an American men’s professional basketball league. NBA is widely considered to be the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world. It teaches you about being a good team player and encourages you to follow your dream. Profoundly inspirational NBA quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous NBA Quotes

NBA quotes

I can dunk! I can dunk, and not just in NBA Live. Chris Paul

The constant expansion has diluted (hurt) the talent, but other than that, it is still the same game. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

We don’t have selfish guys here, which sometimes leads to problems. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The moment you give up is the moment you let someone else win. Kobe Bryant

I made a 1,600 minus 800 minus 200 on the SAT, so I’m very intelligent when I speak. Shaq

If you are trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I have had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. Michael Jordan

popular NBA quotes

Joe be running like he running from the police. Jaylen Brown

June 2010, after winning his fifth title: I just got one more than Shaq. So you can take that to the bank. Kobe Bryant

As I sit here now when I take off my shoe and I look down at my scar, I see the beauty in it. I see all the hard work, all the sacrifices. I see the journey that it took to get back to this point of being healthy. And I see the beauty in that struggle. That’s what makes it beautiful. Kobe Bryant

I just realized that basketball and going to the NBA was a possibility, and that’s something that I want to use to better my family and possibly help the world if I can. Greg Oden

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 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

Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God’s way to say nobody’s perfect. Shaquille O’Neal

I’ll do whatever it takes to win games, whether it’s sitting on a bench waving a towel, handing a cup of water to a teammate, or hitting the game-winning shot. Kobe Bryant

classic NBA quotes

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

Anything can happen with hard work and dedication. Jerry West

Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory. Bill Russell

Technology is changing the world; it’s changing our sport. It’s changing the way people are following the NBA. Adam Silver

Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute. Bill Russell

If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful. Charles Barkley

Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed. LeBron James

We got blown out in Portland. He took everybody Kobe’s and said they couldn’t wear it because we were soft. Lou Williams

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

If you are afraid to fail, then you are probably going to fail. Kobe Bryant

The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. Phil Jackson

top NBA quotes

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

I’ve always believed that success for anyone is all about drive, dedication, and desire, but for me, it’s also been about confidence and faith. Stephen Curry

Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points, they almost always win. Doug Collins

There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either. Michael Jordan

Shooting percentage is just as much about decision making as it is about technique. Jeff Van Gundy

I’ve had to overcome a lot of diversity. Drew Gooden

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

Inspirational NBA Quotes

One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I just wanna wrap you up and hold you in my arms for the night. You have been gone for so long, let’s celebrate that we unite. NBA YoungBoy

Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates. Magic Johnson

We’re not in trouble, but if we think we’re not in trouble, we’re in trouble. Mike D’Antoni

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

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying. Michael Jordan

Love never fails. The character never quits. And with patience and persistence, dreams do come true. Pete Maravich

If you don’t fall how are you going to know what getting up is like? Stephen Curry

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. Michael Jordan

Young men need more models, not critics. John Wooden

You have teenagers thinking they’re going to make millions as NBA stars when that’s not realistic for even 1 percent of them. Becoming a scientist or engineer is. Dean Kamen

I don’t complain about playing time. My job is to play so well that my coach can’t sit me. Shane Battier

What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player. John Wooden

Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard. Kevin Durant

We don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer. Kobe Bryant

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

Coaching is easy. Winning is the hard part. Elgin Baylor

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