Basketball Quotes: For A Love of the Game


It’s the end of the fourth quarter; two minutes left on the board. Your team’s down by ten, and your lungs feel like fire every time you take a breath. The sweat rolling down your head burns your eyes, making it difficult to stay focused on the game. It’s make or break time for you and your team. Quit, and go home a loser, or find some inner strength that will allow you to elevate your game to the next level. The buzzer blasts a long blaring tone. What happens next is up to you and the four other men wearing the same color.

For true basketball players, those who love the game more than they love life itself, this situation is one that they find themselves in on a regular basis. The game brings out a competitive streak in most , but the true athlete takes this competitive nature to the next level. They are ones who sweat day in, and day out. The people who put themselves on the court for hours a day, just to prepare for a tight game. These folks are always trying to become better players, better team mates. They push themselves beyond their limits nightly to make sure that they come out as the conquering force. For these few people failure is not an option, and quitting is considered blasphemy.

Coaches do what they can in order to bring out the very best in their team. My own coach would often fill us with quotes that were meant to inspire us as players, and to bring something to the surface that we didn’t know existed. Basketball is more than physical prowess. It take motivation, heart, and soul to force yourself to become something more than you thought possible. The following basketball quotes are meant to bring a little heart to your game.

1.) “This is a team game and one man doesn’t win and one man doesn’t lose. In the end, the best team usually wins.” Wilt Chamberlain

Will Chamberlain Basketball Quote

2.) “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in may 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. An that is why I succeed.” Micheal Jordan

Micheal Jordan basketball quote

3.) “Your life is like a basketball game. The tempo keeps changing. God wants you to know its all part of what he has for you. Your mistakes are forgiven and your future is bright. Your faith is going a new height.” Micheal Jordan

Life is Like Basketball Quote

4.) “I treated it like every day was my last day with a basketball.” Lebron James

Lebron James basketball quote

5.) “Basketball is life.”

basketball is life quote

6.) “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no on is watching.”

A true test of character basketball quote

7.) “Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” Lebron James

dream as if you live  basketball quote

8.) “Everything you practice, whether it be on the court or in the gym, it’s all helping you take the next step to success.” Adrianna Proulx

Adrianna Proulx Basketball Quote

9.) “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.”

expectations of life basketball quote

10.) “It’s hard to play well, but’s easy to work hard.” Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant Basketball Quote

11.) “We don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer.” Kobey Bryant

Koby Bryant Basketball Quote

12.) “Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.” Lebron James

Don't fear failure basketball quote

13.) “Think practice is hard? Try losing.”

losing is hard basketball quote

14.) “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” Michael Jordan

make it happen Micheal Jordan basketball quote

15.) “Your Basketball goals should be out of reach but never out of sight.”

never out of reach basketball quote

16.) “I can accept failure everyone fails at something, but what I can’t accept is not trying.” Micheal Jordan

Micheal Jordan not trying basketball quote

17.) “I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.” Micheal Jordan

Micheal Jordan Basketball Sweat Quote

18.) “I couldn’t have come close without my teammates’ help because the Knicks didn’t want me to make 100.” Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain 100 Basketball Quote

19.) “You cannot get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” Jerry West

Jerry West Basketball Quote

20.) “I wasn’t real quick, and I wasn’t real strong. Some guys will just take off and it’s like, whoa. So I beat them with my mind and my fundamentals.” Larry Bird

Larry Bird Basketball Quote



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