Basketball Quotes

This section is going to be a place for basketball quotes. We play the game; we practice our skills in the gym, but there's always something more, something deeper. This is true not only in basketball, but in life.

Often we find obstacles that are not related to how well we can shoot or dribble the ball. We can get scared, lazy, indifferent, emotional, intimidated, etc... Here, you'll find a cool collection of quotes, some from basketball players and coaches, others from the great citizens of the world.

Practice and Hard Work

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

I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.

-Michael Jordan

When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.

-Jacob Riis

Confidence is preparation. Everything else is beyond your control.

-Richard Kline

Opportunity is missed by most because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

-Thomas Alva Edison


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

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

-Michael Jordan

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

So, the next time you’re out working on your game and they pass you the rock, don’t just take it to the hole. Take it to the next level. Don’t just bend rims. Bend expectations. Let them see you and feel you and by the very virtue of your love, the truth in your game, they will hear you. Let your game speak.

-Micheal Jordan from Air Jordan xxi ad

Fear of Failure

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying

-Michael Jordan

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

I quit being afraid when my first venture failed and the sky didn't fall down.

-Allen H. Neuharth

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

-Vincent Van Gogh

Whether you think you can or think you can't - you are right.

-Henry Ford

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me . . . Failure always made me try harder next time.

-Michael Jordan

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