Positive Famous Basketball Quotes





I really enjoy sharing the below famous basketball quotes with you as I feel they shed a positive light on some of life’s situations. These famous athletes always had a vision of success and didn’t allow asthma, poor height or even failure to deter them from their dreams.

My favorite motivational basketball quote to share with others is...

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 Kid


Below you will find other famous basketball quotes that you can apply to improve you game and even use in your daily life...


Famous Basketball Quotes
Goals and Preparation

Fundamental preparation is always effective. Work on those parts of your game that are fundamentally weak.
-- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Goals determine what you're going to be.
-- Julius Erving

Hard work does pay, and you just have to continue to work, and you got two guys, when you're talking about Gary and myself, we have a God-given talent, but we worked at it and we're happy to be where we are today.
-- Jason Kidd

I believe that good things come to those who work.
-- Wilt Chamberlain

When you can't play physically sometimes, you have to use your mind a little bit more to compete and to achieve certain things.
-- Kevin Johnson

Famous Basketball Quotes
Teamwork, Leadership and Giving Back

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

I think any time you have a group collectively supporting each other, that is when success is made.
-- Kevin Johnson

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

Leadership is getting players to believe in you. If you tell a teammate you're ready to play as tough as you're able to, you'd better go out there and do it. Players will see right through a phony. And they can tell when you're not giving it all you've got.
-- Larry Bird

I am a huge believer in giving back and helping out in the community and the world. Think globally, act locally I suppose. I believe that the measure of a person's life is the affect they have on others.
-- Steve Nash

Famous Basketball Quotes
Failure, Sacrifice and Lessons Learned

I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying.
-- Michael Jordan

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

When you flop, that's just another message that you don't know how to play me. Stand up and take your medicine like a man.
-- Shaquille O'Neal

I went from five foot eleven to six foot eight, and the more ball I played, the more I caught on to the game.
-- Dennis Rodman

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

Famous Basketball Quotes
Love for the game of Basketball

I am just happy to be part of the Nike family.
-- LeBron James

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

I dont want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant.
-- Kobe Bryant

I mean, the greatest athletes in the world are African-American.
-- Larry Bird

Famous Basketball Quotes
Expectations

First off, do everything they can to give their kids the opportunities to play sports; asthma is not a deterrent to playing sports.
-- Dominique Wilkins

If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.
-- Michael Jordan

In 1981, at age 31, I was voted the best player in basketball, and the most valuable player in the league.
-- Julius Erving

I never thought a role model should be negative.
-- Michael Jordan

Other Famous Basketball Quotes

I really don't like talking about money. All I can say is that the Good Lord must have wanted me to have it.
-- Larry Bird

I saw Islam as the correct way to live, and I chose to try to live that way.
-- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar



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