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Basketball Quotes for your next big game – or to print on your T-Shirt

Here it is! The absolute best basketball quotes for you and your mates! It’s not a good time to be out and playing basketball at the moment, what with this pandemic going on. But hey, if you have your own court outside your window then, all mean, go without making a second thought!

Regardless, you may have some photos from your previous game you want to share and you’re looking for basketball quotes to go with it, here are your perfect caption listicles for that.

Basketball quotes for your next big game

Basketball is everybody’s game. Even when you say that you’re not into it, still you may know a few of the rules and you may know some professional players. This sport is that huge!

No wonder why people crave for it lost their minds over their teams, and play that ball like it’s their last. 

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Basketball Quotes for Girls

Many watch basketball for the fun, the thrill, and the outburst of energy that seems to explode from the court to the people watching around it. If you’re in a game and snapping some highlights and key moments, you may need some quotes to go with your perfectly captured photos.

Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. We have here some of the best quotes available over the net. Scroll for more! 

  • We can’t win at home and we can’t win on the road. My problem as general manager is I can’t think of another place to play. – Pat Williams
  • The rule was “No autopsy, no foul. – Stewart Granger
  • The best fashion advice I’d say would be just to do what makes you comfortable and what makes you feel cute, and that’s how you’re gonna look your best ’cause when you feel your best, everybody else can feel it, too. – Ariana Grande
  • 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 Woodel
  • “When I dunk, I put something on it. I want the ball to hit the floor before I do. – Darryl Dawkins
  • 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
  • The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy. – Jerry Tarkanian
  • Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best. – Tim Duncan
  • I’m a basketball player. That’s what I do and what I love but that’s just not all who I am. I’m talented in a lot of different areas.Kevin Durant
  • 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
  • It takes a tremendous amount of skill to be a football player. And some of these guys have enough skills to do other sports. Soccer could be one. Basketball could be another. Things where you need incredible hand-eye coordination are always options. I think a football player would be able to adapt to a lot of sports. – Troy Polamalu
  • Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.Steve Jobs
  • Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up. – Red Auerbach
  • The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller
  • There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket.
  • If I weren’t earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming. – Charles Barkley
  • I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.Jimmy Dean
  • If you are going to take it to the bank, then you better cash it in. – Shannon Fish
  • Basketball is a game that gives you every chance to be great, and puts every pressure on you to prove that you haven’t got what it takes. It never takes away the chance, and it never eases up on the pressure.
  • My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back.
  • As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.John F. Kennedy
  • When it’s played the way is spozed to be played, basketball happens in the air; flying, floating, elevated above the floor, levitating the way oppressed peoples of this earth imagine themselves in their dreams. – John Edgar Wideman
  • 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.
  • You can run a lot of plays when your X is twice as big as the other guys’ O. It makes your X’s and O’s pretty good.
  • Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. – Kevyn Aucoin
  • Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team. – Scottie Pippen
  • Basketball is a game that gives you every chance to be great, and puts every pressure on you to prove that you haven’t got what it takes. It never takes away the chance, and it never eases up on the pressure.

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Short Basketball Quotes

Looking for that basketball quote to end all basketball quotes? Then you are surely in the right site. Scroll through all the basketball quotes we’ve compiled in there. One great quote can unite all basketball fans so make sure that your caption is strong enough to bring people together. 

  • Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute.
  • I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.
  • The single most important aspect of coaching is running effective practices.
  • Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.
  • 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.
  • Encourage ‘random’ picks on the ball because they cannot be scouted
  • Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.
  • Sometimes the best recruits are the ones you don’t get
  • Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
  • Young men need more models, not critics
  • Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.
  • The worst day coaching is better than the best day doing anything else
  • A key basketball skill is imagery. The best players “see” situations before they happen so they can be prepared
  • We believe in people executing their role and caring about the team more than anything individually
  • Nothing is given. Everything is earned
  • Confidence is what happens when you’ve done the hard work that entitles you to succeed
  • The best teams play for each other, not with each other
  • What do you do to help us win when you’re not scoring baskets?
  • Be quick without hurrying
  • The coach should be the absolute boss, but he still should maintain an open mind
  • Nervous means you want to play. Scared means you don’t want to play.
  • Your limits are somewhere up there, waiting for you to reach beyond infinity.
  • One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
  • Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.
  • Footwork is one of the primary prerequisites to becoming a great player.
  • No rebounds – no rings
  • When you’re tired, sore, and can’t do more, that’s the time to do more
  • Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.
  • Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart
  • How good can we expect to be if our best player is not our best team mate.
  • Champions behave like champions before they are champions
  • The offense is spacing and spacing is the offense. 
  • Don’t ever have a rule that you won’t enforce with your best player

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Basketball Quotes Funny

Well, life isn’t all about serious gameplay. Life is all about fun too! Basketball is exactly like that. It’s not just playing the court, defending your side, and making a score. Basketball is also about all the fun of every second and every minute. Don’t get lost in the beat, always snap some funny photos and put some funny captions and basketball quotes to go with it. 

  • You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.
  • Our offense is like the Pythagorean Theorem. There is no answer.
  • I haven’t been able to slam-dunk the basketball for the past five years. Or, for the thirty-eight years before that, either.
  • Any American boy can be a basketball star if he grows up, up, up.
  • There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket.
  • When I dunk, I put something on it. I want the ball to hit the floor before I do.
  • The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.
  • The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not.
  • I haven’t been able to slam-dunk the basketball for the past five years. Or, for the thirty-eight years before that, either.
  • He makes plays you can’t coach, and he makes plays that look like he’s never been coached.
  • Yeah, Ernie, its called defense, I mean I wouldn’t know anything about it personally but I’ve heard about it through the grapevine.
  • We have a great bunch of outside shooters. Unfortunately, all our games are played indoors.
  • You got to believe in yourself. Hell, I believe I’m the best-looking guy in the world and I might be right.
  • Basketball is like photography, if you don’t focus, all you have is the negative.
  • The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play “Drop the Handkerchief.
  • A team should be an extension of a coach’s personality. My teams are arrogant and obnoxious.
  • Basketball, a game that won’t be fit for people until they set the basket umbilicus-high and return the giraffes to the zoo.
  • Fans never fall asleep at our games, because they’re afraid they might get hit by a pass.
  • They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.
  • Shooting is just like toenails. They may fall off occasionally, but you know they’ll always come back.
  • Basketball is not an equal opportunity game. If you can’t shoot it well, you don’t get to shoot.
  • This is basketball, not figure skating. You don’t get extra points for degree of difficulty.
  • The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.
  • We have a great bunch of outside shooters. Unfortunately, all our games are played indoors.

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Basketball Quotes Wallpaper

Are you fond of p putting some basketball photos in your desktop background? No quotes to go with your photos? These are all great captions you can use for your wallpaper. 

  • If nobody will help you, do it alone. – Michael Jordan
  • 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. – Larry Bird
  • I can accept FAILURE everyone fails at something, but what I can’t accept is NOT TRYING. – Michael Jordan
  • If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail. – Kobe Bryant
  • 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. – Larry Bird
  • Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. – Michael Jordan
  • Teams that play together beat those with superior players who play more as individuals. – Jack Ramsay
  • What is Love? Love is playing every game like it’s your last. – Michael Jordan
  • It doesn’t matter if you fall down, it’s whether you get back up. – Michael Jordan
  • Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.
  • 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. – Micheal Jordan
  • Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise. – Kobe Bryant
  • Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation. – Michael Jordan
  • Success is not an accident, success is actually a choice. – Stephen Curry
  • Every Morning, when I get up, I check out the list of 100 richest people in the world. If I am not there I go to work. 
  • Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise. – Kobe Bryant
  • What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog. –  Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • I’ve been second my whole life. I was the second best player in high school. I was the second pick in the draft. I’ve been second in the MVP voting three times. I came second in the finals. I’m tire of being second…. I’m done with it. – Kevin Durant
  • The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment. – William Arthur Ward
  • Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds. – Larry Bird
  • Basketball it’s not just a sport it’s a lifestyle.
  • Over and over and in my life… I succeed. – Michael Jordan
  • People ask me if I could fly, I said, ‘yeah… for a little while.’ – Michael Jordan
  • To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate. – Michael Jordan
  • Dreams don’t work unless you do.
  • 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’ve never been afraid to fail. – Michael Jordan
  • You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose. – Lou Holtz
  • Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise. – Michael Jordan
  • I want to do for rebounds what Michael Jordan did for dunks. – Dennis Rodman
  • Success isn’t given. It’s earned. On the tract, on the field, in the gym. With blood, sweat, and the occasional tear.
  • Don’t mistake activity with achievement. – John Wooden
  • Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen. – Michael Jordan
  • A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment. – John Wooden
  • Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. – Jim Valvano
  • You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise. – Michael Jordan
  • The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. – Vince Lombardi
  • Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character. – John Wooden
  • 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 right for them and their family. – Shaquille O’Neal
  • A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. – John C. Maxwell
  • These young guys are playing checkers. I’m out there playing chess. – Kobe Bryant

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Basketball Quotes about Teamwork

What is basketball without teamwork? Nothing. Absolutely nothing! Teamwork in basketball is everything. It’s not a one man-game. It’s a game where everyone is involved in making the two or three points. The scoreboard isn’t just a reference to one man, it’s about all the men in the court. Here are some motivational quotes and basketball quotes for your team! 

  • I think team first. It allows me to succeed, it allows my team to succeed. – Lebron James
  • Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates. – Magic Johnson
  • Being a consistent winner in the game of basketball or in life is largely dependent upon teamwork and not on the individual talents of any one person.
  • Your limits are somewhere up there, waiting for you to reach beyond infinity. ― Arnold Henry
  • 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
  • Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat. – Dean Smith
  • Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute. Bill Russell
  • There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either. — Michael Jordan
  • The challenge of every team is to build a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another because the question is usually not how well each person performs, but how well they work together. — Vince Lombardi
  • Everything negative — pressure, challenges — are all an opportunity for me to rise. — Kobe Bryant
  • If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team. — Bud Wilkinson
  • 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
  • Our goal is not to win. It’s to play together and play hard. Then, winning takes care of itself. — Mike Krzyzewski
  • Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute. – Bill Russell
  • One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • When you’re not practicing, someone else is getting better. — Allen Iverson
  • All the successful teams I’ve ever seen have three characteristics: They play unselfish, they play together, and they play hard. – Larry Brown
  • Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds. — Larry Bird
  • It’s easy to figure out who isn’t a team player. They’ll constantly remind the coach just how good they are. — Brian G. Jett
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  • Winning teams at the NBA level, the college level, and the high school level all play team basketball. Championship teams have five players on the same page at all times.
    — Hubie Brown
  • Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. — Vince Lombardi
  • Discover your gift, develop your gift, and then give it away every day. – Don Meyer
  • Basketball is a team game. But that doesn’t mean all five players should have the same amount of shots.Dean Smith
  • Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. — Andrew Carnegie
  • 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
  • When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality. — Joe Paterno
  • The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. ― Phil Jackson
  • Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers. — Pat Riley
  • The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for a common goal. — Dave DeBusschere
  • The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. — Babe Ruth
  • People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them. — Dr. Allan Fromme

  • The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. – Babe Ruth
  • Many of us are more capable than some of us… but none of us is as capable as all of us! — Tom Wilson

  • The greatest emphasis should be made from the very beginning of the importance of team play. A team that plays harmoniously will be stronger than a team composed of brilliant individual players who are eager to do all the playing. — Senda Berenson

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Summary

Basketball is one of the most famous games in the world. Millions of people, if not billions, are glued to their screens whenever the NBA season is up and for a good reason! It’s an awesome game that’s played all around the world. 

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