Basketball Quotes

Basketball Quotes

Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.

The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need.

Those boys simply would not play “Drop the Handkerchief.”

I am sure that no man can derive more pleasure from money or power than I do from seeing a pair of basketball goals in some out of the way place–deep in the Wisconsin woods an old barrel hoop nailed to a tree, or a weather-beaten shed on the Mexican border with a rusty iron hoop nailed to one end.

Dr James Naismith (creator of basketball)


First master the fundamentals

Larry Bird


You don’t play against opponents. You play against the game of basketball.

Bobby Knight


My problem would not be, ‘Can I play in the game?’ It would be, ‘Can I get up the next morning?’ That’s one of the reasons I stopped playing. I got tired of crawling to the breakfast table the next morning

Scott Skiles


The backboard is your friend.
Basketball doesn’t build character. It reveals it.

If you think small things don’t matter, think of the last game you lost by one point.

It is not how big you are, it is how big you play.

In our court there are no objections…Only rejections! Block it!

On any given night, anyone can be anyone.

The harder you fall down, the higher you will bounce back up

The hoop is open, the net is hot! Make that shot!

My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on

the front of the jersey, not the one on the back

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take! Shoot the hoop!



“We can’t win at home and we can’t win on the road. My problem as general manager is I can’t think of another place to play.”

Pat Williams


“We had a special team. We played together, played to win, and everyone knew their roles. …Everyone knew I was going to take all the shots.”

Larry Bird

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