Best 101 motivational quotes basketball

Basketball is more than just a game, it’s a lifestyle. The sport is known for its intense physical and mental demands, and athletes must constantly push themselves to reach their full potential. Motivational quotes can help players stay focused, motivated, and inspired on and off the court. In this article, we will explore some of the best motivational quotes from basketball legends like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James. Whether you’re a player, coach, or fan, these quotes will remind you of the dedication, discipline, and hard work needed to succeed in basketball and in life.

  1. “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” – Kevin Durant
  2.  “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
  3.  “Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.― John Wooden
  4. “Losing is part of the game. If you never lose, you are never truly tested, and never forced to grow.” – David Sirlin
  5.  “We can have no progress without change, whether it be basketball or anything else.” – John Wooden
  6. . “Failure does not come from losing, but from not trying.” – Larry Brown
  7.  “I started playing basketball so late, it just means that anything is possible.” – Joel Embiid
  8. . “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
  9.  “I believe the only muscles you need in basketball are the ones in your brain.” – Nikola Jokic
  10. . “Discover your gift, develop your gift, and then give it away every day.” – Don Meyer
  11. “The two ingredients in success in basketball are playing hard and playing intelligently.”  – Pete Carroll
  12. “When it gets down to it, basketball is basketball.” – Larry Bird
  13. . “Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” – John Wooden
  14. “If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit!” – Michael Jordan
  15. . “You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” –  Jerry West
  16.  “Nothing is given. Everything is earned.” – LeBron James
  17. “I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream.” – Kareem Abdul- Jabbar
  18. . “Keep practising. Never let anyone tell you’re too small or too slow.” – Chris Paul
  19. “Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute” – Bill Russell
  20.  “I know how hard it is to shoot the basketball, so I’ve got great appreciation for it.” – Reggie Jackson
  21. . “Bad things do happen; how you respond to them defines your character and the quality of your life. You can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilised by the gravity of your loss or you can choose to rise from the pain…” – Walter Anderson
  22. “I’ve been playing basketball since I was five.” – C.J. McCollum
  23. . “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
  24. “I have no desire to coach basketball.” – Kevin Johnson
  25. . “You can have discipline and be demanding without being demeaning” – Don Meyer
  26.  “Not only is there more to life than basketball, there’s a lot more to basketball than basketball.” – Phil Jackson
  27. “You can have all the physical ability in the world, but you still have to know the fundamentals.” – Michael Jordan
  28. . “Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you’ve got him” – Bill Russell
  29.  “Have fun doing whatever it is that you desire to accomplish. Learn it one step at a time, emphasising the fundamentals, and do it because you love it, not because it’s work.” – Paul Westphal
  30. . “Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise” – Michael Jordan
  31. “There’s so many young people who start to play basketball and never learn the fundamentals.” – Oscar Robertson
  32. . “The hardest skill to acquire in this sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special.” – Eddie Reese
  33.  “Success lies in a masterful consistency around the fundamentals.” – Robin Sharma
  34. . “Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.” – Dean Smith
  35.  “The fundamentals of the game are the same wherever you go: pass, dribble, shoot, defend, rebound, screen, play hard and together.” – Terry Stotts
  36. . “Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity with which we absorbed this loss.” – Doug Williams
  37. “I really get motivated when I have doubters.” — Shaquille O’Neal
  38. “First master the fundamentals.” – Larry Bird
  39. . “The game honours toughness.” – Brad Stevens
  40. “Morale and attitude are the fundamentals to success.” – Bud Wilkinson
  41. . “There is a lot of basketball beyond our control, but a player should never let anyone try harder than he does.” – Dean Smith 
  42. “In practice, don’t just run basketball drills, teach the players how to play basketball.” ― Don Meyer 
  43. . “Do you know what my favourite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.” – Mike Singletary
  44.  “The more your players have to think on the basketball court, the slower their feet get.” ― Jerry Tarkanian
  45. . “What distinguishes a great player is his presence. When he goes on to the court, his presence dominates the atmosphere.” – Bill Russell 
  46. “You can have fun playing by yourself or one-on-one with another person. Basketball is for everyone.” ― Red Auerbach
  47. . “Plays are not as important as players, and players are not as important as teammates.” – Don Meyer
  48. “Basketball is the MTV of sports.” ― Sara Levinson
  49. . “Passing is your best weapon against man to man. Dribble penetration is your best weapon against zone.” – Bob Knight
  50. “The highest level of achievement is attained by the teams with the best conditioned players.” – Dr. Jack Ramsay
  51.  “I started out as a football player. I liked to inflict pain. In basketball, it was the same thing.” ― Shaquille O’Neal
  52. . “Commitment separates those who live their dreams from those who live their lives regretting the opportunities they have squandered.” – Bill Russell
  53.  “Basketball is like photography, if you don’t focus, all you have is the negative.” ― Dan Frisby
  54. . “We believe in people executing their role and caring about the team more than anything individually.” – Gregg Popovich
  55. “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 yourself.” – Michael Jordan
  56.  “Basketball is like a war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defence to catch up.” ― Red Auerbach
  57. . “Nervous means you want to play. Scared means you don’t want to play.” – Sherman Alexie
  58. “Someday I might have to put down a basketball and have a regular 9-to-5 like everybody else.” ― Shaquille O’Neal
  59. . “Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don’t feel like doing them.” Julius Erving
  60.  “Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.” – Scottie Pippen
  61. “The biggest thing is just routine. I think that’s the biggest correlation between golfers and basketball players.” ― Steph Curry
  62. . “Everyone has the fire, but the champions know when to ignite the spark.” – Amit Ray
  63. “I don’t discuss basketball. I dictate basketball. I’m not interested in philosophy classes.” ― Al McGuire
  64. . “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  65. . “They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me.” ― Magic Johnson
  66. . “Basketball is a game with winners and losers, but if you play this game with your heart, you’re always a winner.” – C.M.
  67. “When I had troubles, I’d go out – with basketball, you can do it by yourself, too. So you’d go out and shoot, and you’d fantasise.” ― Mike Krzyzewski
  68. . “Practise hard, train hard, work hard and play harder.” – Alcurtis Turner
  69.  “But that’s the thing about basketball: you don’t play games on paper.”  – Bill Simmons
  70. “It’s better to have a good player with the basketball in late game situations than to have plays.” ― Rick Pitino
  71. . “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 
  72.  “Scoring 100 points is a lot, but I maybe could have scored 140 if they had played straight-up basketball.” ― Wilt Chamberlain
  73. . “Good coaches tell you where the fish are, great coaches teach you how to find them.”― Kobe Bryant
  74. . “If you want to be a better player, you have to prepare, prepare, and prepare some more.”― Kobe Bryant
  75.  “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
  76. . “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
  77. “You have a choice to make when you’re not playing. Either you’re invested and a great teammate, or your not” – Brad Stevens
  78. “If you’re a basketball player, you’ve got to shoot.” ― Oscar Robertson
  79. . “How competitive can you be without losing your discipline?” – Doc Rivers
  80. “When it’s played the way it is supposed 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
  81. . “Players draw confidence from a poised, alert coach who anticipates changing in game conditions” – Dr. Jack Ramsay
  82.  “I’m like a superhero. Call me Basketball Man.” ― LeBron James
  83. . “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” – Gregg Popovich
  84. I really don’t do much. I play basketball.” — Brandon Ingram
  85. “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
  86. . “You need to possess more than a little nastiness to play basketball at the highest level.” — Jerry West
  87. “It’s not to hurt anyone, but basketball can be rough.” ― Sue Wicks
  88. . “As a kid, my favourite subject was recess. Why? Because I could go play basketball.” — Donovan Mitchell
  89. “Basketball isn’t just a sport. It is an art, one that must be mastered to succeed.” ― Steph Curry
  90. . “I just go out there and play basketball. I’m not worried about missing. I just got to be thinking about the next shot.” — Jamal Murray
  91.  “I might go my whole life stealing money. I got paid to play basketball, which is a scam. I get paid to watch basketball, which is a scam.” — Charles Barkley
  92. “I don’t know if I practised more than anybody, but I sure practised enough. I still wonder if somebody – somewhere – was practising more than me.” ― Larry Bird
  93. . “I play basketball to win a championship. That championship is everything to me. And that’s what gets people to buy into your brand – being a winner.” — Chris Paul
  94. “I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.“ ― Michael Jordan
  95.  “When you want to play basketball and you get paid for playing basketball, you want to do it every single day. So I don’t think I’ll get tired of doing it.” — Brandon Ingram
  96. “A key basketball skill is imagery. The best players “see” situations before they happen so they can be prepared.” ― Dr. Jack Ramsay
  97. . “I was born to play basketball. There’s no question about it. That’s it. And I’m saying this in my humblest opinion, I do feel that I was born to play this game. I breathe it, I live it.” — Jamal Crawford
  98. “If you’re not talking, you’re not playing defence.” ― Doc Rivers
  99. . “Charles and I go back to college. None of us thought this would happen, we just wanted to play basketball. This is the highest honour that can ever be paid, and it’s mind-blowing.” — Dominique Wilkins
  100. There is a direct correlation between the number of ball reversals and defensive breakdowns.” ― Kevin Eastman
  101. “Excellence is a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.” ― Shaquille O’Neal


In conclusion, motivational quotes are essential in the game of basketball as they help players push through challenges and keep them motivated towards achieving their goals. The quotes mentioned in this article are from some of the greatest basketball players and coaches of all time and have been proven effective in inspiring and motivating players. Whether you are a player, coach, or fan of the game, incorporating these quotes into your daily routine can help you maintain a positive attitude and achieve success in basketball and in life. Remember, it is not just about physical ability, but also about mental toughness and mindset

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