The legendary UCLA men's basketball coach and six-time national coach of the Related: Words of Wisdom: UCLA Legend John Wooden.
Basketball is more than just a game. The reason I say this because when you are on the court, you are not only displaying your basketball skills and physical toughness but also playing with your mind and soul. Your determination, hard work, will to succeed is incomparable. This is why even off the court, you always keep thinking about this game and ultimately, it becomes an integral part of your life too.
Many will argue saying it’s a sport after all. At the end of the day, you will have both a winner and loser. So take it easy dudes. There is nothing to take it seriously. On the contrary, true passionate basketball fans will stand up and say this game is the real objective of life. Even, they often quote from some of the best lines told by famous NBA superstars. So, we bring to you some of the best basketball quotes from legendary players. Not just in your professional basketball career, you can also take the inspiration to improve or go forward with your life by reading these motivational basketball quotes. So, here are some best basketball quotes of all time
1. “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best”- Tim Duncan
2. “You always have to be on edge. You always have to take every practice, every game like it is your last”- Kobe Bryant
3. “ you got to believe in yourself. Hell, I believe I ‘m the best looking guy in the world and I might be right”- Charles Barkley
4. “Hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard”- Kevin Durant
5. “The harder you work during peace, the less you bleed during war”- Brandon Jennings
6. "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”- Red Auerbach
7. “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I have been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed”- Michael Jordan
8. “Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the me for the we”- Phil Jackson
9. “Every night on the court I give my all and if I am not giving 100 percent, I criticize myself”- LeBron James
10. “ The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot”- Bill Russell
11. “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
12. “If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes”- John Wooden
13. “Basketball, like all sports is predicated on the execution of fundamentals. The coach is a teacher. His subject fundamentals”- Dr Jack Ramsey
14. “When I went to catholic high school in Philadelphia, we just had one coach for football and basketball. He took all of us who turned out and had us run through a forest. The ones who ran into the trees were on the football team”- George Raveling
15. “Many times they asked me from where I got so much will, desire for training, the hunger for baskets when I achieve everything in basketball and I don’t need to have new evidence. Answer is not difficult. While playing basketball I want to be the best”- Drazen Petrovic
16. “They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds”- Wilt chamberlain
17. “You should always sub a player out when you see them not going full speed or they’re playing selfish basketball”- Dean Smith
18. “I’m still waiting for perfection. In the meantime, I’ll settle for persistence”- Bo Ryan
19. “Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody”- Kareem Abdul Jabber
20. “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
21. “Not only is there more to life than basketball, there’s a lot more to basketball than basketball”- Phil Jackson
22. "I can accept failure but I can’t accept not trying”- Michael Jordan
23. “Ask not what your team mates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your team mates”- Magic Johnson
24. “I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok”- Shaquille O’Neal
25. “Some people want it to happen. Some wish it could happen. Others make it happen”- Michael Jordan
26. “Basketball is not a game. It is an art form. You master the fundamentals so you can forget ‘em, so you can improvise and just concentrate on what really matters, getting buckets”- Kyrie Irving
27. "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
28. “There is a lot of basketball beyond our control but a player should never let anyone try harder than he does”- Dean Smith
29. “Good basketball always starts with good defense”- Bobby knight
30. “The most important measure of how good a game I played was how much better I’d made my team mates play”- Bill Russell
So, these are the greatest basketball quotes of all time. You must remember one thing- to be successful you must go through all your obstacles. Even you may find a wall in front of you. Then you must figure it out, how you can go over the top of wall or climb it. These evolution or transformation whatever you call it, won’t just happen in a day. You need to show the gut and incredible desire to reach the top of your game. We hope these inspirational basketball quotes about life will boost up your childhood dream, even it may show you the right path of your life
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John Wooden was arguably known as much for his wisdom off the court as he was for his ability to win championships on it.
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The legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach and six-time national coach of the year won 10 NCAA championships in 12 years—including an unprecedented seven in a row. He preached simplicity, patience and character building, and his pyramid of success has been used in board rooms and locker rooms alike. He inspired former players, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton, but his inspirational words reached beyond the stands, too, influencing the lives of many more.
As one of the only people inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player and a coach, Wooden’s motivation and mentorship lives on as a testament to his greatness. Find your inspiration from these 27 “Woodenisms”:
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“Bradley is one of the few basketball players who have ever been appreciatively cheered by a disinterested away-from-home crowd while warming up. This curious event occurred last March, just before Princeton eliminated the Virginia Military Institute, the year's Southern Conference champion, from the NCAA championships. The game was played in Philadelphia and was the last of a tripleheader. The people there were worn out, because most of them were emotionally committed to either Villanova or Temple-two local teams that had just been involved in enervating battles with Providence and Connecticut, respectively, scrambling for a chance at the rest of the country. A group of Princeton players shooting basketballs miscellaneously in preparation for still another game hardly promised to be a high point of the evening, but Bradley, whose routine in the warmup time is a gradual crescendo of activity, is more interesting to watch before a game than most players are in play. In Philadelphia that night, what he did was, for him, anything but unusual. As he does before all games, he began by shooting set shots close to the basket, gradually moving back until he was shooting long sets from 20 feet out, and nearly all of them dropped into the net with an almost mechanical rhythm of accuracy. Then he began a series of expandingly difficult jump shots, and one jumper after another went cleanly through the basket with so few exceptions that the crowd began to murmur. Then he started to perform whirling reverse moves before another cadence of almost steadily accurate jump shots, and the murmur increased. Then he began to sweep hook shots into the air. He moved in a semicircle around the court. First with his right hand, then with his left, he tried seven of these long, graceful shots-the most difficult ones in the orthodoxy of basketball-and ambidextrously made them all. The game had not even begun, but the presumably unimpressible Philadelphians were applauding like an audience at an opera.”
― John McPhee, A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton
Words of wisdom: Coaching advice from Lenny Wilkens Pluto's thoughtful 1995 book, “Falling From Grace: Can Pro Basketball Be Saved”?.
Basketball is one of the most popular sports played all around the world. The game was invented in 1891 by a Canadian American physical educator named James Naismith.
As a sports coach, Naismith sought a new game to keep his students active during winter and rainy days. It had to be something really appealing as his class would quickly get bored, so the idea of shooting hoops came to mind.
Basketball was initially played with a soccer ball and instead of a basketball net, the players used a peach basket that had a bottom and the balls had to be manually retrieved after each point scored.
Nowadays, with millions of fans out there to support them, basketball players never cease to show their skills and commitment to their game. They’re a constant proof of what the human body is capable of and they often motivate their fans to strive harder and do whatever it takes to reach their goals.
And since the sport is such a terrific source of motivation, here is our collection of basketball quotes gathered from your favorite coaches and professional players.
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
Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.
— Magic Johnson
There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either.
— Michael Jordan
Everything negative — pressure, challenges — are all an opportunity for me to rise.
— Kobe Bryant
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
Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody.
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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
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
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
Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute
– Bill Russell
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.
— Scottie Pippen
There is a lot of basketball beyond our control, but a player should never let anyone try harder than he does
– Dean Smith
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
I really get motivated when I have doubters.
— Shaquille O’Neal
You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.
– Jerry West
Team work is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one.
— Mike Krzyzewski
If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful!
— Charles Barkley
When you’re not practicing, someone else is getting better.
— Allen Iverson
Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.
— Larry Bird
Discover your gift, develop your gift, and then give it away every day. – Don Meyer
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BASKETBALL “WORDS OF WISDOM”. “If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" John Wooden. "It's not so important who starts.