Inspirational Basketball Quotes





I have found that inspirational basketball quotes given to athletes, players and coaches before and after are very effective in inspiring and motivating the players.

My favorite inspirational basketball quote...

“Basketball 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.

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”If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But 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


You gain victory if you truly inspire to attain it. Victory comes through work, dedication, inspiration and motivation.

Top 10 Inspirational Basketball Quotes

(10) Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.
--John Wooden

(the first person ever enshrined as the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (1961) and as a coach (1973))

(9) It’s not how good you are. It’s how good you want to be.
--Paul Arden

(8) I realized that if I was going to achieve anything in life I had to be aggressive. I had to get out there and go for it... I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it's an illusion to me.
-- Michael Jordan

(7) Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
-- Michael Jordan

(6) My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.
-- Michael Jordan

(5) Everything negative - pressure, challenges - is all an opportunity for me to rise.
-- Kobe Bryant

(4) Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God's way to say nobody's perfect.
--Shaquille O'Neal

(3) Our offense is like the pythagorean theorem: There is no answer!
--Shaquille O'Neal

(2) 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 rights for them and their family.
-- Shaquille O'Neal

(1) Basketball 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.

More Inspirational Basketball Quotes


You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.
-- Michael Jordan

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

When I was young, I never wanted to leave the court until I got things exactly correct. My dream was to become a pro.
-- Larry Bird

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

Basketball doesn't build character it reveals it.
-- Author Unknown

Basketball is like photography, if you don't focus, all you have is the negative.
-- Dan Frisby

Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.
-- Scottie Pippen

Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.
--Dr. James Naismith

They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me.
--Earvin ''Magic'' Johnson

It is most difficult, in my mind, to separate any success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion.
--John Wooden

This is the second most exciting indoor sport, and the other one shouldn't have spectators.
--Dick Vertleib

You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.
--Bobby Knight

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.
--Isiah Thomas



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