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Famous Basketball Quotes

Here’re some famous basketball quotes. Some of them you’ve heard. Some of them can be found in another pages of my website but they’re all pearls of wisdom. Sad but true facts and more. Read on…

“Never underestimate the heart of a champion.” – Rudy Tomjanovich

“It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” – John Wooden

“I would get close to him and breathe on his goggles.” – John Kerr (when asked how he would guard somebody like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

“They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.” – Wilt Chamberlain

“Pressure can burst a pipe or pressure can make a diamond.” – Robert Horry

“If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.” – Phil Jackson

“Basketball is like photography, if you don’t focus, all you have is the negative.” – Dan Frisby

“Winning is like deodorant – it comes up and a lot of things don’t stink.” – Doc Rivers

“Money isn’t everything. I know I’ll make lots of it playing basketball, but I’m in no hurry.” – Andrew Bogut

“They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me.” – Magic Johnson

“I am aware that most people only see me as Shaq.. the guy on the court. But there is another side to who I am, Shaquille O’Neal. And Shaquille O’Neal wants to explore every part of life. He wants the opportunity to pursue all of his desires.. that includes being a part of the music industry as an MC. Music is and will always be a part of who I am.” – Shaquille O’Neal


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“We’re shooting 100 percent – 60 percent from the field and 40 percent from the free-throw line.” – Norm Stewart

“What to do with a mistake–recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” – Dean Smith

“You don’t play against opponents. You play against the game of basketball” – Bobby Knight

“We have a great bunch of outside shooters. Unfortunately, all our games are played indoors.” – Weldon Drew

“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

“As a parent, I have a job as a role model to my children, and by extension, to other young people.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“I’m tired of hearing about money, money, money, money. I just want to play the game, drink Pepsi, wear Reebok.” – Shaquille O’Neal



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