ᐅ143+ Famous Basketball Quotes of All-Time

“If you give shooters the right to shoot, you must give them the right to miss” – Kevin Eastman

“Interesting thing about the best leaders is that they immerse themselves in both teaching and learning. Growth comes by both” – Kevin Eastman

“To be a great teacher of the game you must study the game; know your craft & be proud of your knowledge; but never satisfied with your knowledge” – Kevin Eastman

“Coaching is making players do what they don’t want to do so they can become the player

“Coaching is making players do what they don’t want to do so they can become the player they want to become” – Kevin Eastman

“There is a direct correlation between the number of ball reversals and defensive breakdowns” – Kevin Eastman

“Most important ingredient to winning: no personal agendas. The commitment has to be ‘us’ driven not ‘me’ driven” – Kevin Eastman

“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

“Cutting is so important to great offense. Players must understand that every cut you make is not always for you. Hard cuts often get others open” – Kevin Eastman

“The pass is a very powerful team builder; whereas the dribble can destroy the spirit of teams and crack the foundation of team play” – Kevin Eastman

“It takes three things to be a ‘special’ player: talent, character, and competitive fire” – Kevin Eastman

“It’s OK to make mistakes. That’s how we learn. When we compete, we make mistakes” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing” – Kareem Abdul Jabbar

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

“You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go. Don’t ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body” – Kareem Abdul Jabbar

“The extra pass and the extra effort on defense always get the job done” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“As a parent, I have a job as a role model to my children, and by extension, to other young people” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“When you’re a coach you’ve got to go up the ladder, you’ve got to be ready to travel. That’s the nature of coaching” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Leaders are interested in finding the best way rather than having their own way”

“Leaders are interested in finding the best way rather than having their own way” – John Wooden

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes” – John Wooden

“Confidence comes from being prepared”

“Confidence comes from being prepared” — John Wooden

“The true athlete should have character, not be a character” – John Wooden

“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team” – John Wooden

“Discipline yourself, and others won’t need to” – John Wooden

“You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one” – John Wooden

“You discipline those under your supervision to correct, to help, and to improve. Not to punish” – John Wooden

“Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference” – John Wooden

“The best competition I have is against myself to become better” – John Wooden

“A player who makes a team great is better than a great player” – John Wooden

“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment” – John Wooden

“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability” – John Wooden

“Let me give so much time to the improvement of myself that I shall have no time to criticize others” – John Wooden

“When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare”

“When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare” – John Wooden

“It’s important to keep trying to do what you think is right no matter how hard it is or how often you fail. Never stop trying” – John Wooden

“Be quick without hurrying” – John Wooden

“I would spend almost as much time planning a practice as conducting it. Everything was planned out each day” – John Wooden

“Push yourself to keep improving or you’ll stay as close to the bottom as you are to the top” – John Wooden

“The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother” – John Wooden

“I found the bench to be the greatest ally when I had to make individuals comply with what was best for the team” – John Wooden

“I continually stress to my players that all I expect from them at practice and in the games is their maximum effort” – John Wooden

“The better conditioned team will probably win in the long run” – John Wooden

“What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player” – John Wooden

“Remember this, the choices you make in life, make you” – John Wooden

“A coach must never forget that he is a leader and not merely a person with authority” – John Wooden

“The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control” – John Wooden

“My philosophy of defense is to keep the pressure on an opponent until you get to his emotions” – John Wooden

“I do not judge success based on championships; rather, I judge it on how close we came to realizing our potential” – John Wooden

“You’d like to see your team reasonably happy, but that’s not your job. Gain their respect and get them to accept their roles” – John Wooden

“1. Be on time. 2. Never criticize a teammate. 3. Never use profanity” – John Wooden

“Young men need more models, not critics” – John Wooden

“When the legs go, the heart soon follows” – John Wooden

“The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move” – John Wooden

“What do you do to help us win when you’re not scoring baskets?” – John Calipari

“You understand, you do not invent stuff on this team. Guys that invent stuff will not play for me. Make the easy play” – John Calipari

It’s not just about working hard, it’s about working together. You have to care more about the team than you do about yourself” – John Calipari

“Practice gotta be harder than the games and it never is unless you want it to be as a player. The coach can’t drive that” – John Calipari

“If I walk in a home and a kid disrespects a woman, his mother or grandmother, then I am out… I wont recruit them” – John Calipari

“You have to lose yourself in the team and you have to lose yourself in the game”

“You have to lose yourself in the team and you have to lose yourself in the game” – John Calipari

“I’m playing the guys who are going to fight. If you’re not into this, I’m going to someone else” – Coach Calipari

“What type of teammates do you want to play with? Be that teammate yourself” – John Calipari

“There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with them” – Jim Valvano

“If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special” – Jim Valvano

“All really successful coaches have a system” – Jim Valvano

“Be a dreamer. If you don’t know how to dream, you’re dead” – Jim Valvano

“Never give up. Failure and rejection are just the first steps to succeeding” – Jim Valvano

“To go from where you are to where you want to be: you have to have a dream, a goal, and you have to be willing to work for it” – Jim Valvano

“A person really doesn’t become whole, until he becomes a part of something that’s bigger than himself” – Jim Valvano

“Other people go to the office. I get to coach. I know I’ve been blessed” – Jim Valvano

“The best teams play for each other, not with each other” – Jeff Van Gundy

Don’t worry about being cool. Worry about being the best” – Jeff Van Gundy

“You need your best players to play their best when their best is needed” – Jeff van Gundy

“Players with high character get better. Players with a serious approach get better. The fools never get better” – Jeff Van Gundy

“I think coaches sometimes foul their own players out of game by benching them too long when in foul trouble” – Jeff Van Gundy

“Your best players have to unite and inspire the group… otherwise, they’ll divide the group” – Jeff Van Gundy

“Shooting percentage is just as much about decision making as it is about technique” – Jeff Van Gundy

“Just concentrate on what you’re supposed to do” – Jeff Van Gundy

“Your best player has to set a tone of intolerance for anything that gets in the way of winning” – Jeff Van Gundy

“Your decisions reveal your priorities” – Jeff Van Gundy

“If something works for another school, use it. Don’t act like you are too good to use other ideas” – Hubie Brown

“Use different basketball offensive alignments to cause confusion for the other team” – Hubie Brown

“The greatest sin a coach can commit is to allow kids to slide by. This goes for the classroom as well as the court” – Hubie Brown

“Don’t try to imitate other coaches. Be your own person with your own style and do your own thing” – Hubie Brown

“Winning teams at the NBA level, the college level, and the high school level all play team basketball. Championship teams have 5 players on the same page at all times” – Hubie Brown

“X & O’s aren’t worth a damn without a team. If your team isn’t with you it doesn’t matter what you draw up. The team must respect what the coach is asking them to do” – Hubie Brown

“No one is bigger than the team. If you can’t do things our way, you’re not getting time here and we don’t care who you are” – Gregg Popovich

“We believe in people executing their role and caring about the team more than anything individually” – Gregg Popovich

“Stop by stop by stop. Play aggressively. Sprint back on ‘D’ and pay attention to how we’re supposed to guard as a team” – Gregg Popovich

“I can’t make every decision for you. I don’t have 14 timeouts. You guys got to get together and talk” – Gregg Popovich

‘Play the right way’ means play unselfishly, respect each other’s achievements, play hard, fulfill your role” – Gregg Popovich

“It’s not about any one person. You’ve got to get over yourself and realize that it takes a group to get this thing done” – Gregg Popovich

“Winning is more related to good defense than good offense” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

A key basketball skill is imagery. The best players “see” situations before they happen so they can be prepared” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

“The highest level of achievement is attained by the teams with the best conditioned players” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

“Players draw confidence from a poised, alert coach who anticipates changing in game conditions” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

“I believe you win games by what you do from your first practice until your first game”

“I believe you win games by what you do from your first practice until your first game” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

Even the greatest players accept coaching and value the need for discipline and the order that it brings to the team” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

“Teams that play together beat those teams with superior players who play more as individuals” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

“Basketball, like all sports, is predicated on the execution of fundamentals. The coach is a teacher. His subject: fundamentals” – Dr Jack Ramsay

“The worst day coaching is better than the best day doing anything else” – Coach Meyer

Anytime you get an award as a coach, you’ve got to be the ultimate fool to think it wasn’t your assistant coaches and all the players responsible for the award” – Don Meyer

“Successful programs consist of people working hard, working together, while never worrying

“Successful programs consist of people working hard, working together, while never worrying about who gets the credit” – Don Meyer

“Simplify the game as much as possible. When you add, you must subtract” – Don Meyer

“Players who are late are saying that their time is more important than the team” – Don Meyer

“It is foolish to expect a young man to follow your advice and to ignore your example” – Don Meyer

“In the end, what your own troops do is more important than who they are marching against” – Don Meyer

“You never realize the value of coaching until your children play for a coach” – Don Meyer

“Make the practices like games and the games like practices” – Don Meyer

“Some parents would rather have their son get all-state than his team win the state championship” – Don Meyer

“When you watch the game, be a student of the game” – Don Meyer

“You can have discipline and be demanding without being demeaning” – Don Meyer

“Shout praise and whisper criticism” – Don Meyer

“Your program must have an overriding purpose which is clearly visible and which teaches lessons beyond winning” – Don Meyer

“It is not what you teach, but what you emphasize” – Don Meyer

“Play off your great player… great teams have a go-to player and they play off of him” – Don Meyer

“It doesn’t matter where you coach, it’s why you coach” – Don Meyer

“It doesn’t cost nothing to be nice to people” – Don Meyer

“There’s only one thing we can control, and that is how hard we play” – Don Meyer

“Discover your gift, develop your gift, and then give it away every day” – Don Meyer

“Practice shared suffering. If one guy messes up, everyone runs. If one guy does well, everyone benefits” – Don Meyer

“Recognize and reward players who put the team first, not just the gifted ones” – Don Meyer

“Sometimes the best recruits are the ones you don’t get” – Don Meyer

“If you want to thank me, go do something for somebody else” – Don Meyer

I have learned that peace is not the absence of trial, trouble, or torment but the presence of calm in the midst of them” – Coach Don Meyer

“Plays are not as important as players, and players are not as important as teammates” – Don Meyer

“Positioning, anticipation and technique create quickness. Therefore, you can always get quicker” – Don Meyer

“You can pick captains, but you can’t pick leaders. Whoever controls the locker room controls the team” – Don Meyer

“How competitive can you be without losing your discipline?” – Doc Rivers

“Good players want to be coached… Great players want to be told the truth” – Doc Rivers

If you’re not talking, you’re not playing defense” – Doc Rivers

“Do you want to choose winning over standing out? It’s a choice every player on every championship team has to do” – Doc Rivers

“I’m looking for activity. I put players in and take them out based on effort and defense, not making or missing shots” – Doc Rivers

Encourage ‘random’ picks on the ball because they cannot be scouted” – Doc Rivers

“Sometimes you will hate me because I will tell you the truth about your game. And the truth can hurt/humble you” – Doc Rivers

“Praise behaviour that you want repeated” – Dean Smith

“Only praise behavior that you want to be repeated. Never use false praise” – Dean Smith

“Over coaching is the worst thing you can do to a player” – Dean Smith

“One player’s selfish attitude can poison the locker room and make it hard, if not impossible, to establish teamwork” – Dean Smith

“Basketball is a team game. But that doesn’t mean all five players should take the same amount of shots” – Dean Smith

“If you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot” – Dean Smith

“Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat” – Dean Smith

“There is a lot of basketball beyond our control, but a player should never let anyone try harder than he does” – Dean Smith

“One player’s selfish attitude can poison a locker room and make it hard, if not impossible, to establish team work” – Dean Smith

“I would never recruit a player who yells at his teammates, disrespected his high school coach, or scores 33 points a game and his team goes 10-10” – Dean Smith

“I always mean what I say, but I don’t always say what I’m thinking” – Dean Smith

“What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it”

“What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it” – Dean Smith

“You should always sub a player out when you see them not going full speed or they’re playing selfish basketball” – Dean Smith

“My goal is to win the next game one possession at a time. That’s it. I don’t have any other goals” – Brad Stevens

“How good can we expect to be if our best player is not our best teammate” – Brad Stevens

“You have to earn your right to win the game with effort and togetherness” – Brad Stevens

“The difference between a good defensive team and a bad defensive team is as little as three possessions” – Brad Stevens

“We’re building a culture of accountability, trust, and togetherness. Entitlement will not be tolerated” – Brad Stevens

“The game honors toughness” – Brad Stevens

“You have a choice to make when you’re not playing. Either you’re invested and a great teammate, or your not” – Brad Stevens

“The key is to maintain an evenness. Try to play one possession at a time, regardless of what happened on the last possession” – Brad Stevens

Defense is all about helping. No one can guard a good dribbler, You have to walk kids through how to help and then how to help the helper” – Bob Knight

“In order to achieve to achieve positive results, one must work for them, not hope for them” – Bob Knight

“My practices were not set up to be easy or enjoyed” – Bob Knight

“Good basketball always starts with good defense!” – Bob Knight

“A quick way for any player to make himself better is to think about what he himself doesn’t like to play against” – Bob Knight

“Coaches shouldn’t have to push you to work hard, you should push yourself to work hard because you want to be a great player” – Bob Knight

“I sit and wonder why no one uses the shot fake. The shot fake, when used correctly, can eliminate a defender” – Bob Knight

“Perform drills that force your players to think” – Bob Knight

“Offense is not equal opportunity” – Bob Knight

“Mental is to the physical as four is to one” – Bob Knight

“I just love the game of basketball so much. The game! I don’t need the 18,000 people screaming and all the peripheral things. To me, the most enjoyable part is the practice and preparation” – Bob Knight

“Discipline is doing what has to be done, when it has to be done, as well as it can be done, and doing it that way all the time” – Bob Knight

“Players must be able to carry out simple instructions from the bench to the court. If they can’t, then they can’t play” – Bob Knight

“Passing is your best weapon against man to man. Dribble penetration is your best weapon against zone” – Bob Knight

“What is the best thing you can do in a close game? Drive to the basket and put pressure on the defense! Not jack up jump shots” – Bob Knight

“I hate casual shooting. Every shot is preceded by working to get open and catch and shoot under game like conditions” – Bob Knight

“I always designed my practice plans the night before and then made tweaks a few hours before practice began” – Bob Knight

“Basketball is a full court game, so every drill must be done full court” – Bob Knight

The goal is to make practice more difficult, physically/mentally, than anything your players will face during a game” – Bob Knight

“The key is not the ‘will to win’… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important” – Bob Knight

“The single most important aspect of coaching is running effective practices” – Bob Knight

“The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot” – Bill Russell

“The only important statistic is the final score” – Bill Russell

What distinguishes a great player is his presence. When he goes on to the court, his presence dominates the atmosphere” – Bill Russell

“Commitment separates those who live their dreams from those who live their lives regretting the opportunities they have squandered” – Bill Russell

“Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you’ve got him” – Bill Russell

“The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I’d made my teammates play” – Bill Russell

“The most important thing to me is the friends that I’ve made” – Bill Russell

“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory” – Bill Russell

“Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute” – Bill Russell

“Don’t let what other people think decide who you are.” – Dennis Rodman

“All dreams are crazy. Until they come true.” – Dirk Nowitzki

“So many people doubted me. They motivated me every single day to be who I am.” – Kevin Durant

“If you do the work, you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.” – Michael Jordan

“​​I’d rather have more heart than talent any day.” – Allen Iverson

“Haters are a good problem to have. Nobody hates the good ones. They hate the great ones.” – Kobe Bryant

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

“Trust the process.” – Joel Embiid

“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” – LeBron James

“Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.”

“Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.” – James Naismith

“Once you know what failure feels like, determination chases success.” – Kobe Bryant

“He who expects not to achieve will never do so.” – Caron Butler

“The worst has happened. The best is next.” – Paul George

“The key to success is failure.” – Michael Jordan

“Hard work isn’t enough. You gotta believe.” – Derrick Rose

“Every time I’m on the court, every time a fan cheers for me, I just want to go out and make a play for them to cheer even more.” – Joel Embiid

“Nothing is given; nothing is handed to you. You have to take what you deserve.”

“Nothing is given; nothing is handed to you. You have to take what you deserve.” – Marcus Keene

“Everything is habit-forming, so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing.” – Wilt Chamberlain

“Don’t let winning make you soft. Don’t let losing make you quit. Don’t let your teammates down in any situation.” – Larry Bird

“There are going to be a number of people all of the time telling you that you’re too small. They still tell me that, but I just make them eat their words.” – Isaiah Thomas

“You can’t stop people from trying to limit your dreams, but you can stop it from becoming a reality. Your dreams are up to you. I encourage you to always be curious, always seek out things you love and always work hard once you find it.” – Kobe Bryant

“There’s no reason to hold yourself back and say you can’t do something in life unless you go for it and try to do it.” – Russell Westbrook

“Making the big shot wouldn’t feel so good if missing it didn’t feel so awful.” – Paul Pierce

“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

“Keep practicing. Never let someone tell you you’re too small or too slow.” – Chris Paul

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” – John Wooden

“If you love the game and you love playing, just have fun and enjoy it. Work hard and don’t get bogged down by it.” – Blake Griffin

“Whatever your goal is: dedicate yourself to it. And it’s going to be a lot of sacrifice, but if you love what you want to do, it shouldn’t be a problem.” – Derrick Rose

“The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I’d made my teammates play.” – Bill Russell

“Leadership is diving for a loose ball, getting the crowd involved, getting other players involved. It’s about being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way you’re going to get respect from other players.” – Larry Bird

“Every morning you have two choices: continue to sleep with your dreams, or wake up and chase them.” – Carmelo Anthony

“Basketball doesn’t build character, it reveals it.” – James Naismith

“I treated it like every day was my last day with a basketball.” – LeBron James

“Basketball isn’t just a sport. It is an art, one that must be mastered to succeed.” – Steph Curry

“A lot of people told me I couldn’t do it because of my size. I was determined to prove those people wrong.” – Ben Wallace

“For me, when I get knocked down, I really try to get back up and go at it again. I don’t like to give up.” – Jeremy Lin

“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

“Every time you compete, try harder to improve on your last performance.

“Every time you compete, try harder to improve on your last performance. Give nothing short of your very best effort.” – Elgin Baylor

“Whatever I try to do, I always try to give it my best and try to be a killer because, at the end of the day, if you don’t work hard, you are not going to get food on your table.” – Giannis Antetokoumbo

“You are responsible for how people remember you—or don’t. So don’t take it lightly.” – Kobe Bryant

“No one knows how big your potential is, how big your heart is, when you start.” – Muggsy Bogues

“Excellence is a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.” – Shaquille O’Neal

“You have to go through good times and bad times to get where you’re trying to go.” – Allen Iverson

“If nobody will help you, do it alone.” — Michael Jordan

“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’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.” — Kobe Bryant

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” — Michael Jordan

“It doesn’t matter if you fall down, it’s whether you get back up.” — Michael Jordan

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

“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.” — Kobe Bryant

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” — Michael Jordan

“Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.” — Larry Bird

“The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.” — William Arthur Ward

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.” — Michael Jordan

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” — John F. Kennedy

“People ask me if I could fly, I said, ‘yeah... for a little while.’” — Michael Jordan

“There is no ‘i’ in team but there is in win.” — Michael Jordan

“Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise” — Michael Jordan

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.” — Michael Jordan

“You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.” — Lou Holtz

“I want to do for rebounds what Michael Jordan did for dunks.” — Dennis Rodman

“Don't mistake activity with achievement.” — John Wooden

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” — Michael Jordan

“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

“I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.” — Michael Jordan

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. 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

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” — Jim Valvano

“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” — Vince Lombardi

“I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder next time.” — Michael Jordan

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character.” — John Wooden

“I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot. When you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.” — Michael Jordan

“Even when I’m old and grey, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game.” — Michael Jordan

“I’ve never been afraid to fail.”

“I’ve never been afraid to fail.” — Michael Jordan

“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” — John Wooden

“You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” — Michael Jordan

“Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.” — Jim Valvano

These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess.” — Kobe Bryant

“Everything happens for a reason. I’m used to it, I prepare for it. Like I say, at the end of the day, those in charge of their own destiny are going to do what’s right for them and their family.” — Shaquille O'Neal

“The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” — Stephen R. Covey

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” — John C. Maxwell

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” — Jackie Robinson

“No team works out teamwork.” — Dwyane Wade

“Winning is about having the whole team on the same page.” ― Bill Walton

“The star player must slay his ego and learn teamwork and communication skills before he can achieve the ultimate in sport” ― Walt Frazier

“In order to achieve positive results, one must work for them, not hope for them.” ― Bob Knight

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” ― Michael Jordan

“In fact, it is the success of the entire team that brings home a championship title.” — Johnny Osaki

“The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal.” — Dave DeBusschere

“There is no ‘i’ in team but there is in win.” — Michael Jordan

“The important thing is that your teammates have to know you’re pulling for them and

“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

“Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.” ― Phil Jackson

.“Excellence is a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.” ― Shaquille O’Neal

“If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I wont look back and say that I was afraid to try.” ― Michael Jordan

“There is a direct correlation between the number of ball reversals and defensive breakdowns.” ― Kevin Eastman

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

“A key basketball skill is imagery. The best players “see” situations before they happen so they can be prepared.” ― Dr. Jack Ramsay

“Everyone is born with a certain potential. You may never achieve your full potential, but how close you come depends on how much you want to pay the price.” ― Red Auerbach

“I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.“ ― Michael Jordan

“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

“Basketball isn’t just a sport. It is an art, one that must be mastered to succeed.” ― Steph Curry

“It’s not to hurt anyone, but basketball can be rough.” ― Sue Wicks

“My goals have gone from being an all-star to just being able to play basketball. I always took for granted that I could play. Now I know what a gift it is.” ― Rebecca Lobo

“I’m like a superhero. Call me Basketball Man.” ― LeBron James

“When it’s played the way is supposed to be played, basketball happens in the air; flying, floating, elevated above the floor, levitating the way oppressed peoples of this earth imagine themselves in their dreams.” ― John Edgar Wideman

“If you’re a basketball player, you’ve got to shoot.” ― Oscar Robertson

“I don’t need too much. Glamour and all that stuff don’t excite me. I am just glad I have the game of basketball in my life.” ― LeBron James

“Scoring 100 points is a lot, but I maybe could have scored 140 if they had played straight-up basketball.” ― Wilt Chamberlain

“It’s better to have a good player with the basketball in late game situations than to

“It’s better to have a good player with the basketball in late game situations than to have plays.” ― Rick Pitino

“When I had troubles, I’d go out – with basketball, you can do it by yourself, too. So you’d go out and shoot, and you’d fantasize.” ― Mike Krzyzewski

“They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me.” ― Magic Johnson

“I don’t discuss basketball. I dictate basketball. I’m not interested in philosophy classes.” ― Al McGuire

“The biggest thing is just routine. I think that’s the biggest correlation between golfers and basketball players.” ― Steph Curry

“Someday I might have to put down a basketball and have a regular 9-to-5 like everybody else.” ― Shaquille O’Neal

“Basketball is like a war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.” ― Red Auerbach

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