Basketball Quotes

Inspirational Basketball Quotes for Athletes

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

- Magic Johnson
Some people believe you win with your five best players, but I found out that you win with the five who fit together best.

- Red Auerbach
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.

- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.

- Larry Bird
What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.

- John Wooden
The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I've always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It's been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It's a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.

- Michael Jordan
I always wanted to be a basketball player. Nothing more, nothing less.

- Dirk Nowitzki
I'm not gonna be bad at anything, and I want to actually be the best at anything I'm doing. So if I'm playing basketball, if I'm taking the SATs, like, there's a competitive spirit behind it. With production, it's the same thing.

- J. Cole
I think probably one of the coolest things was when I went to play basketball at Rucker Park in Harlem. First of all, who would think that Larry the Cable Guy would go to Harlem to play basketball? And I was received like a rock star. It was amazing! There were people everywhere. There were guys walking by yelling, 'Git 'r done!'

- Larry the Cable Guy
Whirlyball is only the most awesome sport on the planet! It's like bumper cars plus lacrosse meets basketball.

- St. Vincent
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

- Michael Jordan
I am, first of all, a basketball player. I've done this for so very long... For me, it's been essential to be successful on the court.

- Tony Parker
A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That's how I want you to play.

- Mike Krzyzewski
I'm not a role model... Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids.

- Charles Barkley
The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I'd made my teammates play

- Bill Russell
What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it

- Dean Smith
Joy comes from places you least expect it. It's usually the simple things, like watching my son play basketball or going through Central Park when the blossoms are blooming.

- Dave Gahan
Trying to take money out of politics is like trying to take jumping out of basketball.

- Bill Bradley
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
My focus is basketball, and that's it.

- Kyrie Irving