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Great Basketball Quotes

Here I have some other great basketball quotes to juice your day and provoke your thoughts a little bit.


“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

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” – Tim Duncan

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

“I look at the NBA as a football game without the helmet.” – Tom Tolbert

“Those guys today don’t like to bang. It’s something you had to be good starting out doing. I started out as a football player. I liked to inflict pain. In basketball, it was the same thing.” – Shaquille O’Neal

“Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.” – Scottie Pippen

“Giving “Magic” the basketball is like giving Hitler an army, Jesse James a gang, or Genghis Khan a horse.” – Jim Murray, about Earvin Johnson

“There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket.” – Abe Lemons

“Everybody pulls for David, nobody roots for Goliath.” – Wilt Chamberlain

“Even when I’m old and gray, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game.” – Michael Jordan

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

“The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy” – Jerry Tarkanian

“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

“If you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.” – Dean Smith

“I think you’re not a human being unless you have doubts and fears.” – Mike Krzyzewski

“I keep both eyes on my man. The basket hasn’t moved on me yet.” – Julius Erving

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

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

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


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