25+ Basketball Inspirational Quotes, Motivational Sayings

Basketball is one of the most important sports in the world. Millions love this game, here, and for them, we provide an inspiring set of quotations and sayings -the best.

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You don't play against opponents

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


You can run a lot of plays when your X is twice

You can run a lot of plays when your X is twice as big as the other guys’ O. It makes your X’s and O’s pretty good. ~ Paul Westphal


When it's played the way is spozed

When it’s played the way is spozed to be played, basketball happens in the air; flying, floating, elevated above the floor, levitating the way oppressed peoples of this earth imagine themselves in their dreams. ~ John Edgar Wideman


When I dunk, I put something on it

When I dunk, I put something on it. I want the ball to hit the floor before I do. ~ Darryl Dawkins


What is so fascinating about sitting

What is so fascinating about sitting around watching a bunch of pituitary cases stuff a ball through a hoop? ~ Woody AllenAnnie Hall


We're shooting 100 percent

We’re shooting 100 percent – 60 percent from the field and 40 percent from the free-throw line. ~ Norm Stewart


We have a great bunch of outside shooters

We have a great bunch of outside shooters. Unfortunately, all our games are played indoors. ~ Weldon Drew


To win, you've got to put the ball

To win, you’ve got to put the ball in the macramé. ~ Terry McGuire


This is the second most exciting

This is the second most exciting indoor sport, and the other one shouldn’t have spectators. ~ Dick Vertleib


These are my new shoes. They're good shoes

These are my new shoes. They’re good shoes. They won’t make you rich like me, they won’t make you rebound like me, they definitely won’t make you handsome like me. They’ll only make you have shoes like me. That’s it. ~ From a Charles Barkley commercial for basketball shoes, 1993


There are really only two plays

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


The secret is to have eight great players

The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy. ~ Jerry Tarkanian


The rule wasNo autopsy

The rule was “No autopsy, no foul.” ~ Stewart Grangeron the pickup games of his childhood


The only difference between

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


The invention of basketball was not an accident

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


The idea is not to block every shot

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


Nothing there but basketball

Nothing there but basketball, a game which won’t be fit for people until they set the basket umbilicus-high and return the giraffes to the zoo. ~ Ogden Nash


If the NBA were on channel 5 and a bunch

If the NBA were on channel 5 and a bunch of frogs making love was on channel 4, I’d watch the frogs even if they were coming in fuzzy. ~ Bobby Knight


I look at the NBA as a football

I look at the NBA as a football game without the helmet. ~ Tom Tolbert


I liked the choreography

I liked the choreography, but I didn’t care for the costumes. ~ Tommy Tuneon why he never considered playing basketball


I haven't been able to slam-dunk

I haven’t been able to slam-dunk the basketball for the past five years. Or, for the thirty-eight years before that, either. ~ Dave Barry


I hate it. It looks like a stickup at 7-Eleven

I hate it. It looks like a stickup at 7-Eleven. Five guys standing there with their hands in the air. ~ Norm Sloanon zone defense


Giving Magic the basketball is like giving

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


Fans never fall asleep at our games

Fans never fall asleep at our games, because they’re afraid they might get hit by a pass. ~ George Raveling


Basketball is the MTV of sports

Basketball is the MTV of sports. ~ Sara Levinson


Basketball is like war in that offensive

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


Any American boy can be a basketball

Any American boy can be a basketball star if he grows up, up, up. ~ Bill Vaughn

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