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1,000 Best Basketball Quotes And Instagram Captions (2023)

1. Basketball is life, everything else is an interruption.


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


3. What do you call a basketball player that misses dunks? – Alley Whoops.


4. There’s no elevator to success. Take the stairs.


5. You play the way you practice.


6. Don’t ask what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.


7. “Shooting for the stars.”


8. I believe I can fly.


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


10. “Failure is acceptable. but not trying is a whole different ball park.”


11. “Teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one.”


12. “The day I stopped worrying about stats is the day I started winning.”


13. Some wish for it; we work for it.


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


15. Basketball is a full-court game, so every drill must be done full-court.


16. Just Us.


17. Basketball is a full-court game, so every drill must be done on a full-court


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


19. Why couldn’t the basketball player listen to his music? – Because he broke a record!


20. “Be led by your dreams not by your problems.”


21. 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


22. “If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful!“


23. Winner stays!


24. Limits like fear are often just an illusion.


25. “Building a team that’s unbreakable on and off the court.”


26. Goals are achieved by perseverance.


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


28. Go hard or go home.


29. “Going for the win, one basket at a time.”


30. “Basketball is my sanctuary.”


31. “I’m playing; I’m here. I’m going to fight until they tell me they don’t want me anymore.”


32. “I believe the only muscles you need in basketball are the ones in your brain.” – Nikola Jokic


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


34. “Just a girl with a ball and a dream.”


35. “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.”


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


37. “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.”


38. If we are not at home, check the basketball courts.


39. “We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.” – John Wooden


40. Ball Don’t Lie.


41. “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”


42. Posterizing since 2016.


43. “When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort–it is ready to climb“


44. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”


45. “Basketball: the ultimate test of teamwork and individual skill.”


46. The talent is to want it.


47. The idea is not to block every shot, the idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot


48. “Raising the bar on the basketball court.”


49. “Basketball: where hard work meets success.”


50. I couldn’t figure out why the basketball kept getting larger and larger. Then it hit me.


51. Strength in Numbers.


52. “Basket-case of a season, but we’re still standing”


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


54. What is a basketball player’s favorite thing about astronomy? Shooting stars.


55. We interrupt this family for the basketball season.


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


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


58. Champions play as they practice, creating consistency of excellence in all your habits.


59. “Good thing in this business is that you just have to make one big shot and that’s enough to make you forget 9 other shots that you missed.”


60. Attack the glass.


61. “The game never ends, it just goes on and on.”


62. Teamwork makes the dream work.


63. “Basketball therapy.”


64. “In it to win it.”


65. “Once you are labeled the best you want to stay up there, and you can’t do it by loafing around. If I don’t keep changing, I’m history.” – Larry Bird


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


67. “The thrill of the game is unmatched.”


68. Basketball sued tennis for no reason. Now they have to go to court.


69. “Basketball is always better with friends by your side.”


70. “I really get motivated when I have doubters.”


71. I don’t dance on a dance floor, I run on a basketball court.


72. The harder you work, the harder it is to lose.


73. “I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.”


74. The offense has five seconds to inbound the ball.


75. “Basketball and friends: a bond that will never be broken.”


76. “Basketball isn’t just a game, it’s a lifestyle.”


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


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


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


80. You miss 100% of the shots you never take.


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


82. “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.”


83. “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


84. “In practice, don’t just run basketball drills, teach the players how to play basketball.” ― Don Meyer


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


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


87. Keep calm and basketball on.


88. “Basketball is my passion and I strive to be the best player I can be.”


89. Breaking ankles and shattering dreams.


90. It takes a player to shoot a shot. But it takes a team to win a game.


91. “Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again.”


92. Take the high road and go higher.


93. “Bounce, pass, shoot, repeat.”


94. “But that’s the thing about basketball: you don’t play games on paper.” – Bill Simmons, The Book of Basketball


95. “Basketball is a game with winners and losers, but if you play this game with your heart, you’re always a winner.” – C. M.


96. “I just go out there and play basketball. I’m not worried about missing. I just got to be thinking about the next shot.”


97. “Basket-ful of laughter”


98. “Failure does not come from losing, but from not trying.” - Larry Brown


99. “When you’re not practicing, someone else is getting better.” – Allen Iverson


100. “If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit!”


101. “A team above all, above all a team.”


102. “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.”


103. “Dribbling my way to victory.”


104. “Leave nothing in the tank”


105. “No team works out teamwork.” — Dwyane Wade


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


107. “Just a girl who loves basketball.”


108. “Game, set, match… point.”


109. Find your greatness.


110. “Basketball is my everything.”


111. Why did the basketball player sign up for the crafting club? He wanted to learn how to make baskets.


112. Our offense is like the Pythagorean Theorem. There is no answer.


113. You wish you could shoot like a girl.


114. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.


115. “Fly, soar, dunk.”


116. “Basketball is my life and I am dedicated to the game and always looking to improve.”


117. “Basket-case on the court”


118. Rise Up!


119. It’s not important who starts the game but who finishes it.


120. I was too cute to be a cheerleader, so I play basketball.


121. “Bounce, pass, shoot, score!”


122. What would you get if you crossed a basketball with a newborn snake? – A bouncing baby boa.


123. Is this my number or my free throw percentage?


124. Nothing but the ball, till you fall.


125. Why was Cinderella thrown off the basketball team? – She ran away from the ball.


126. Altitude is attitude.


127. “I have no desire to coach basketball.” – Kevin Johnson


128. “Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.”


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


130. Don’t ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.


131. “Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” – Mike Singletary


132. Some say you have to use your five best players, but I found out you win with the five that fit together best as a team.


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


134. “Leading his team to victory”


135. Queen of the court. I don’t dance on a dance floor; I run on a basketball court.


136. “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


137. “The important thing is that your teammates have to know you’re pulling for them and you really want them to be successful.”


138. “A slam dunk artist”


139. Every day when I get on the floor, I give it my all and play because you never know what tomorrow holds.


140. “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


141. “Basketball and friends: a winning combination.”


142. “Shooting for the stars on the court.”


143. “The bond we share on the court is unbreakable.”


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


145. “Basketball and friends: a winning formula.”


146. “Slam dunking my way through life.”


147. Swish you were here.


148. “We’re taking this game to new heights”


149. If you think I am crazy now, wait until we get to court.


150. “You can have fun playing by yourself or one-on-one with another person. Basketball is for everyone.” ― Red Auerbach


151. “Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.” – Shaquille O’Neal


152. The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.


153. “There’s so many young peoople who start to play basketball and never learn the fundamentals.” – Oscar Robertson


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


155. “Hard work = success.”


156. Can’t keep calm, it’s the final four.


157. “We’re taking this game to the hoop”


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


159. If we are not at home, well, it’s game day!


160. “You have to earn your right to win the game with effort and togetherness”


161. A team above all; above all, a team.


162. “I started playing basketball so late, it just means that anything is possible.” – Joel Embiid


163. “Basketball is a game with winners and losers, but if you play this game with your heart, you’re always a winner.” – C.M.


164. “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?”


165. “The more your players have to think on the basketball court, the slower their feet get.”


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


167. “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


168. “The two ingredients in success in basketball are playing hard and playing intelligently.”


169. “If every basketball player worked as hard as I did, I’d be out of a job.”


170. “Practice hard, train hard, work hard and play harder.”


171. “Fierce on the court.”


172. “Basketball and friends: a combination that can’t be beaten.”


173. Basketball is not just a sport, it’s a way of life.


174. Create your future.


175. “If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit!” – Michael Jordan


176. Start unknown. Finish unforgettable.


177. “The court is where I leave everything behind.”


178. “Chasing the dream, one game at a time.”


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


180. “Fierce on the court, fierce in life.”


181. Once you are in the game, forget about the excuses.


182. Sometimes the best recruits are the ones you don’t get.


183. Big Man, Big Dreams.


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


185. “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”


186. Commit to Excellence.


187. “Keep practicing. Never let anyone tell you’re too small or too slow.”


188. “Failure does not come from losing, but from not trying.” – Larry Brown


189. “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.”


190. “Basket-case scenario: we win”


191. keep calm and keep ballin’


192. “All-in.”


193. “There is no “I”in team but there is in win.”


194. Second place if the first loser.


195. “Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”


196. Good basketball always starts with good defense.


197. “Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.”


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


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


200. “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.”


201. More bricks than at a construction site.


202. “Basketball player and lover of the game. Always striving to improve and make an impact on the court.”


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


204. Basketball! Boys invented it, girls perfected it.


205. “Pushing to be the best basketball player I can be and making a difference on the court.”


206. “Basket-case of emotions, but we’re all in this together”


207. Basketball is life. Pass it on.


208. Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.


209. Sorry, you have to guard me; I hope you taped your ankles.


210. Champions play as they practice.


211. The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not.


212. Score more than your opponent to win.


213. Take it to the hoop.


214. Wish together, swish together.


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


216. The single most important aspect of coaching is running effective practices.


217. “Losing is part of the game. If you never lose, you are never truly tested, and never forced to grow.”


218. “Basket-case and proud of it”


219. “If you want to be a better player, you have to prepare, prepare, and prepare some more.” – Kobe Bryant, The Mamba Mentality


220. Light ‘em up!


221. You are your only competition.


222. “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”


223. “Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” Mike Singletary


224. I don’t always pass the ball, but when I do, it’s off the backboard to myself.


225. No fear, no excuses, no limits.


226. “Hitting nothing but net.”


227. Any American boy can be a basketball star if he grows up, up, up. (Bill Vaughn


228. “Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” – John Wooden


229. “Someone created the box score, and he should be shot.” – Daryl Morey


230. iHoop! Basketball courts are my domain.


231. Elevate Your Game.


232. You can’t spell awesome without “me.” I am a basketball beast.


233. Sometimes the coaches tell me to be selfish, but my game won’t let me be selfish.


234. “I started out as a football player. I liked to inflict pain. In basketball, it was the same thing.”


235. “I started out as a football player. I liked to inflict pain. In basketball, it was the same thing.” ― Shaquille O’Neal


236. Stressed, blessed, and obsessed! I do it for the fans.


237. It’s called shooting guard, not passing guard!


238. “How good can we expect to be if our best player is not our best teammate.”


239. There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket.


240. When I dunk, I put something on it. I want the ball to hit the floor before I do.


241. Any American boy can be a basketball star if he grows up, up, up.


242. “Basketball: the game of tall people throwing a ball in a basket”


243. Some wish for it. We work for it.


244. Basketball isn’t just a sport; it’s a way of life.


245. “First master the fundamentals.” – Larry Bird


246. “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.”


247. Never back down.


248. “Basketball: the perfect blend of power and grace.”


249. Some wish for it, we work for it.


250. Dribbling advances the ball.


251. Championships are won at practice.


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


253. Any fellow who has a good shot has got to take it and keep taking it. So he misses – so what?


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


255. A team above all. Above all, a team.


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


257. There’s no traffic on the extra mile.


258. “I really don’t do much. I play basketball.” — Brandon Ingram


259. “I think, the team first. It allows me to succeed, it allows my team to succeed.“


260. “You can’t always be the most talented or gifted person in the room, but you can be the most competitive.“


261. “Dominating the game with his quick moves”


262. “I play basketball, what’s your superpower?”


263. “Failure does not come from losing, but from not trying.”


264. Life is simple: eat, sleep, play basketball.


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


266. Rip City!


267. Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.


268. “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


269. “Life is a game, basketball is serious.”


270. Eat, sleep, and play basketball.


271. “A slam dunk master”


272. Whatever it takes.


273. Basketball is like photography – if you don’t focus, all you have is the negative.


274. We Believe.


275. “If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.”


276. “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


277. Don’t worry. We’re still wearing our warm-ups.


278. “I think the reason why I’m the person who I am today is because I went through those tough times when I was younger.” – LeBron James


279. Crunch-Time Master.


280. You don’t play against the opponent, you play against the game of basketball.


281. “You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again.”


282. “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”


283. “My swag was phenomenal.”


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


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


286. I swish you were here.


287. “Making moves and breaking records.”


288. Grit n’ Grind.


289. Respect all, fear none.


290. “No alarm clock needed. My passion wakes me up!” – Kyrie Irving


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


292. “Basketball is a lifelong game. You continue to learn from the game day in and day out, and all along the way, you get better.”


293. “I really don’t do much. I play basketball.”


294. Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.


295. “A basketball superstar”


296. What do you call an unbelievable story about a basketball player? – A tall tale.


297. “You cant win unless you learn how to lose.”


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


299. “Chasing greatness.”


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


301. “Leave your mark on the game”


302. “Basketball and friendship: a match made in heaven.”


303. The offense must advance the ball.


304. “Leave your opponents in awe”


305. Yeah, Ernie, it’s called defense, I mean, I wouldn’t know anything about it personally, but I’ve heard about it through the grapevine.


306. “A force to be reckoned with on the court”


307. Seeing those doubters out there, it’s gonna be funny seeing them eat their own words.


308. “Let’s hit the court and score some points.”


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


310. “The best teammates are also the best friends.”


311. Be legendary!


312. The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play “Drop the Handkerchief”.


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


314. “Bounce, pass, shoot, score.”


315. “No pain, no gain”


316. Unstoppable.


317. “All the successful teams I’ve ever seen have three characteristics: They play unselfishly, they play together, and they play hard.“


318. Winners don’t wait for chances; they take them.


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


320. Be the player their coach warned them about.


321. “We may not be the best team, but we’re the best team for each other.”


322. There’s no such thing as impossible, only improbable.


323. “Hoop there it is”


324. “The court is my canvas, the game is my art.”


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


326. “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.”


327. “There’s a great quote by Julius Irving that went, ‘Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.'”


328. “Basketball is life.”


329. The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.


330. Play with Heart.


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


332. Once you are in the game, you forget about everything.


333. No blood, no foul.


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


335. “Rise to the challenge”


336. What is Love? Love is playing every game like it’s your last.


337. For the love of the game.


338. “I’ve been playing basketball since I was five.” – C.J. McCollum


339. “Leadership is diving for a loose ball. It’s about being able to take it as well as dish it out. That’s the only way your going to get respect from other players”


340. If ________ don’t win, you’re gonna see some madness.


341. “Leave a lasting impression”


342. Play smart, play hard, and play together.


343. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.


344. The madness begins!


345. “Don’t just play the game, dominate it.”


346. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson


347. It’s okay if you don’t like basketball, it’s kind of a smart sport anyway.


348. “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”


349. “Good coaches tell you where the fish are, great coaches teach you how to find them.”


350. I haven’t been able to slam-dunk the basketball for the past five years. Or, for the thirty-eight years before that, either.


351. “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”


352. “Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.”


353. “Bounce back from defeat”


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


355. “We may not always win, but we always have each other’s backs.”


356. “Born to play basketball, always looking to improve and make an impact on the game.”


357. “Basketball and laughter: the perfect duo.”


358. “Success lies in a masterful consistency around the fundamentals.”


359. Our team is not responsible for your lost pride.


360. “I’ll take the contract. He can have the team.” – Herbert Kohl


361. “Good players want to be coached… Great players want to be told the truth.”


362. “Morale and attitude are the fundamentals to success.” – Bud Wilkinson


363. “A basketball juggernaut”


364. Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.


365. “Basketball is a game with winners and losers, but if you play this game with your heart, you’re always a winner.”


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


367. Being in love with basketball so much that you have a playlist just for basketball


368. Dribble, Shoot, Rebound, and Score.


369. “The star player must slay his ego and learn teamwork and communication skills before he can achieve the ultimate in sport” – Walt Frazier, The Game within the Game


370. Put down your phone and pick up your basketball.


371. Teams that play together beat those with superior players who play more as individuals.


372. Play for the name on the front of the jersey, not on the back.


373. When in doubt, pass it, back out.


374. Victory requires payment in advance.


375. “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” – Jerry West


376. Passing.


377. “My swag was phenomenal.” – Gilbert Arenas


378. “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.”


379. If no one thinks you can, then you have to.


380. Did you hear about the referee that got fired from the NBA? Supposedly he’s a whistleblower.


381. “Just a bunch of ballers”


382. It never gets easier. You get better.


383. “How competitive can you be without losing your discipline?”


384. “We’re not just a team, we’re a slam-dunkin’ squad”


385. Tricks, dribble, ankle-break, good smile – basketball is life.


386. Our offense is like the Pythagorean Theorem. There is no answer. (Shaq


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


388. “Creating memories that will last a lifetime on the court.”


389. “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


390. “Leave your legacy on the court”


391. The court is in session.


392. They play unselfishly, they play together and they play hard.


393. We got next.


394. “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


395. “Good thing in this business is that you just have to make one big shot and that’s enough to make you forget 9 other shots that you missed.” – Guy Zucker


396. 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.


397. Crossover Queen (Or King. .


398. “We play like it’s nobody’s basket-ness”


399. Seven days without basketball makes one weak.


400. Your loss is my game.


401. “When you think you have done enough, do a little more, because someone out there is working harder than you.”


402. “If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful!”


403. “Winning is a habit, basketball is my addiction.”


404. Nobody trains to be a backup.


405. “When it gets down to it, basketball is basketball.”


406. “Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.”


407. “The ultimate rebound king”


408. “Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.”


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


410. Basketball Nation.


411. People ask me if I could fly, I said, ‘yeah… for a little while.


412. “Making moves.”


413. The best shooter has a short memory, no matter how many times they miss , they always think the next shot is going in.


414. “Teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one.”— Mike Krzyzewski


415. “Basket-case of the year award goes to us”


416. Why don’t fish like basketball? – They’re afraid of the nets.


417. “Everything negative — pressure, challenges — are all an opportunity for me to rise.”


418. “I know how hard it is to shoot the basketball, so I’ve got great appreciation for it.”


419. “But that’s the thing about basketball: you don’t play games on paper.” – Bill Simmons


420. “There’s only one thing we can control, and that is how hard we play.”


421. “Goals determine what you’re going to be.”


422. “Basketball is my passion, my fire.”


423. “Teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one”


424. “Nervous means you want to play. Scared means you don’t want to play.” – Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian


425. Nobody trains to be backup.


426. “Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.”— Magic Johnson


427. Basketball is just another game to some people, but to me it’s everything.


428. “I am more than just a serious basketball fan. I am a life-long addict. I was addicted from birth, in fact, because I was born in Kentucky.” – Hunter S. Thompson


429. “You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.”


430. “I look at my jersey and see the NBA logo, I’m like, ‘I didn’t think I’d be here.’„


431. “We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.”


432. “Basketball player, always pushing to be the best and make an impact on the game.”


433. Be yourself, but be a team player.


434. “Some times your best effort just isn’t good enough.”


435. Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.


436. “The fundamentals of the game are the same wherever you go: pass, dribble, shoot, defend, rebound, screen, play hard and together.”


437. “You don’t need great skill to be a tough rebounder; being a rebounder is all about effort, determination, and physicality.”


438. “Some say you have to use your five best players, but I found out you win with the five that fit together best as a team.”


439. “We’re shooting for the stars (and the basket)”


440. “Plays are not as important as players, and players are not as important as teammates.”


441. “Leave nothing to chance”


442. There are only two plays: Romeo and Juliet and put the darn ball in the basket.


443. “Rising star on the court”


444. “The key to success is failure”


445. It’s not so important who starts the game but who finishes it.


446. “Everyting negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.”


447. “The two ingredients in success in basketball are playing hard and playing intelligently.” – Pete Carroll


448. If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.


449. May all your swishes come true.


450. Basketball is not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle.


451. Forget about it, princess, ‘cause not even Cinderella is getting to this ball.


452. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”― Phil Jackson


453. Coaches win practices; players win games.


454. “I really get motivated when I have doubters.” — Shaquille O’Neal


455. “Nothing is given. Everything is earned.”


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


457. “Not only is there more to life than basketball, there’s a lot more to basketball than basketball.” – Phil Jackson


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


459. “They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make up their minds.”


460. “Winners are not people who do not fail, but people who never quit“


461. It is not how big you are, it’s how big you play.


462. 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.


463. “One player’s selfish attitude can poison