10 Motivational Basketball Quotes

The First basketball type game may have been played by the early Olmec people of ancient Mexico as early as 500 years go. The Aztec, and Mayan cultures also had a game similar to basketball, only instead of a rubber ball they used the decapitated skulls of their conquered foes. The First true basketball game as we know it was on January 20th, 1892 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Canadian Doctor James Naismith invented the game for the YMCA to play during the winter months. Naismith wrote simple rules for the game, and nailed up two peach baskets for hoops, most of original Naismith rules are still in place today.

Some of the rules have changed a bit, and new rules have been added since then, such as in the original game bouncing the ball was prohibited. Of the 13 rules, nine have been modified and kept in the modern game of basketball, the rest have been disregarded.

Some say it is just another ball game. However, basketball enthusiasts swear that the game is the purpose of life. While both views are extreme, you cannot help being intrigued by the genuine fanaticism of the fans.

A team, isn’t just a group of players, it’s a family, a family that doesn’t function, unless it has all its members. Teammates, aren’t just people you play with, they are people you trust. Basketball requires a team, and has teammates. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. The greatest tragedy in basketball is being on fire and not knowing it. You don’t win until the game is over. In the game you are ahead.

Once you are labelled the best you want to stay up there, and you can’t do it by loafing around. If you don’t keep changing, you are history. 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. Following are motivational basketball quotes to follow.


Never quit

“If you quit ONCE it becomes a habit. Never quit!”


Failed over and over again

“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.”


I lose the sense of motivation

“When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game.”

Afraid of failure

“If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful!”

Things turn out best

“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”


If you play good attack, you win the game

“If you play good attack, you win the game, but, if you play good defense you win championships”


Nobody is perfect

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

Me for the We

“Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.”

Don’t do anything as an individual

“Don’t do anything as an individual that will make you stand out from your teammates.”