81 Basketball Quotes That Will Give You Self Motivation

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The game of basketball is a sport that many people love to watch. The swish of the ball, the speed at which it moves, and the fluidity of its motions are something that people can’t help but love. Many people find it easier to stay motivated when they have an idea of what is to come. This can be helpful for those who want to achieve their goals or make a change in their lives.

Whether you’re a student trying to stay focused on your studies or someone who has been inactive for a long time and wants to get back into shape, basketball offers you a way to get motivated. It’s easy to see why so many people enjoy this sport – it offers people an escape from life’s problems and helps them recharge their batteries. It can also be considered a medium for self-motivation since you can watch it yourself to understand your current skills and the things you still need to work on.

Playing basketball is an excellent way for some people to develop their skills as well. There is no denying the fact that basketball is a fun sport. It offers people free time to relax and be creative.

Remember these great quotes about self-motivation and staying positive, no matter what.

81 Basketball Quotes For Self Motivation

“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.” ― Michael Jordan

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

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

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” ― John Wooden

“The best thing to do after a poor performance is to bounce back with another great game.” ― Johnny Osaki

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” ― Michael Jordan

“Do your best when no one is looking. If you do that, then you can be successful in anything that you put your mind to.” ― Bob Cousy

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” ― Michael Jordan

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” ― John Wooden

“I would tell players to relax and never think about what’s at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus.” ― Michael Jordan

“Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you’ve got him.” ― Bill Russell

“Basketball is a lifelong game. You continue to learn from the game day in and day out, and all along the way, you get better.” ― Scottie Pippen

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

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

“There is nothing wrong with dedication and goals, but if you focus on yourself, all the lights fade away and you become a fleeting moment in life.” ― Pete Maravich

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” ― Michael Jordan

“It takes three things to be a ‘special’ player: talent, character, and competitive fire.” ― Kevin Eastman

“Never give up. Failure and rejection are just the first steps to succeeding.” ― Jim Valvano

Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.” ― Magic Johnson

“We try to stress the little things because little things lead to big things.” ― Steve Alford

“If you want consistency, then you perform. This is a performance job. You get paid to perform. Your money is guaranteed, but your minutes are not.” ― Isiah Thomas

“Successful programs consist of people working hard, working together, while never worrying about who gets the credit.” ― Don Meyer

“In order to achieve positive results, one must work for them, not hope for them.” ― Bob Knight

“What you are as a person is far more important than what you are as a basketball player.” ― John Wooden

“What do you do with a mistake: recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.” ― Dean Smith

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

“I’m playing; I’m here. I’m going to fight until they tell me they don’t want me anymore.” ― Steve Nash

“The key is not the ‘will to win’… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.” ― Bob Knight

“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.” ― Bill Russell

“Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God’s way of saying nobody’s perfect.” ― Shaquille O’Neal

“Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” ― Michael Jordan

“When it comes to team dynamics . . . maintaining a positive atmosphere is crucial.” ― Rick Pitino

“Don’t mistake activity with achievement.” ― John Wooden

“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.” ― Kevin Durant

“Excellence is not a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.” ― Shaquille O’Neal

“Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute.” ― Bill Russell

“Hard work does pay, and you just have to continue to work …” ― Jason Kidd

“I gave everything I had to basketball. The passion is still there, but the desire to play is not. It was a great ride.” ― Allen Iverson

“Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.” ― Larry Bird

“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” ― Jerry West

“There’s only one thing we can control, and that is how hard we play.” ― Don Meyer

“No matter what you say, you can have as many receivers as you want; there are enough balls to go around.” ― Kevin Johnson

“Don’t let what other people think decide who you are.” ― Dennis Rodman

“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.” ― Michael Jordan

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” ― John Wooden

“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.” ― Kobe Bryant

“When you think you have done enough, do a little more, because someone out there is working harder than you.” ― Larry Bird

“Your best player has to set a tone of intolerance for anything that gets in the way of winning.” ― Jeffrey Van Gundy

“Discover your gift, develop your gift, and then give it away every day.” – Don Meyer

“The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not.” ― Charles Barkley

“Playing basketball calls for every part of your body, and every ability to move possessed by the human body.” ― Dre Baldwin

“How good can we expect to be if our best player is not our best teammate.” ― Brad Stevens

“The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.” ― Bill Russell

“Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.” ― Dean Smith

“Commitment separates those who live their dreams from those who live their lives regretting the opportunities they have squandered.” ― Bill Russell

“If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful.” ― Charles Barkley

“Talent does all of the hard work on the court, but a player’s character and demeanor on and off of it are what defines his future as a superstar.” ― Clayton Geoffreys

“Basketball gave me the confidence to speak out and it gave me the platform to be heard.” ― Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody.” ― Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“Team work is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one.” ― Mike Krzyzewski

“There is a lot of basketball beyond our control, but a player should never let anyone try harder than he does.” ― Dean Smith

“If you are not intent about what you are doing, you aren’t able to resist the temptation to do something else that might be more fun at the moment.” ― John Wooden

“The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal.” ― Dave DeBusschere

“Everything negative — pressure, challenges — are all an opportunity for me to rise.” ― Kobe Bryant

“When you’re not practicing, someone else is getting better.” ― Allen Iverson

“Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work.” ― Michael Jordan

“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” ― Jerry West

“I really get motivated when I have doubters.” ― Shaquille O’Neal

“Failure is good. It’s fertilizer. Everything I’ve learned about coaching I’ve learned from making mistakes.” ― Rick Pitino

“One player’s selfish attitude can poison a locker room and make it hard, if not impossible, to establish team work.” ― Dean Smith

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

“Put great thought to what and how you practice. Once practice is done you can never get that time back. Did you simulate the game?” ― Kevin Eastman

“There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don’t believe there is only one greatest player either.” ― Michael Jordan

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” ― Michael Jordan

“Discipline is doing what has to be done, when it has to be done, as well as it can be done, and doing it that way all the time.” ― Bob Knight

“Once you are labeled the best you want to stay up there, and you can’t do it by loafing around. If I don’t keep changing, I’m history. ” ― Larry Bird

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

“Confidence is a lot of this game or any game. If you don’t think you can, you won’t.” ― Jerry West

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty six 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.” ― Michael Jordan “One of the ways to improve creativity is to force players to think.” ― Keith Rumjahn

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