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Sports in general provide multiple benefits to our lives, they provide us with entertainment, a fun way to be healthy and keep fit and can even give children the opportunity to become big stars of various sports and be able to live off it in a future.

One of the most famous sports is basketball, being one of the most practiced in the world and thanks to which we meet inspiring personalities. Therefore, we bring below the best phrases that pay tribute to basketball.

  • We recommend you read: "The 90 best football phrases"

The most famous quotes about basketball

Players and great basketball personalities offer us their best quotes based on their own experiences.

1. I can accept a ruling. Anyone can fail. But I can't accept not trying. (Michael Jordan)

It is not about not acknowledging your failures, but about avoiding being collapsed by them.

2. If you give up once it becomes a habit. Never give up! (Michael Jordan)

Defeat is also a habit.

3. There is no possible comparison with the Dream Team. (Patrick Ewing)

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Speaking of love for your team.

4. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work out well. (Tim Notke)

Talent is not everything. Hard work is also necessary.

5. The greatest gift I have in life is basketball. (Isaiah Thomas)

For some players, their sport is everything.

6. You have to give 125 percent. Put your heart and soul into it; learn to have a positive and winning attitude. Don't accept defeat, but learn from it. (Magic Johnson)

To achieve something, we must put all of us.

7. Sometimes a player's greatest challenge comes in relation to his role on the team. (Scottie Pippen)

You have to find your place to be able to give your contribution.

8. If you don't believe in yourself, then no one else will. (Kobe Bryant)

The most important person who needs to believe in you is yourself or yourself.

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9. Small details are vital. Little things make great things happen. (John Wooden)

An objective is made up of small conquered goals.

10. I think I can always shoot triples. I think I'll be able to shoot 3s when I'm sixty years old. (Dirk Nowitzki)

The desire to continue doing what you love, for a long time.

11. It does not bother me at all. If i have any resentment? Absolutely. Life is too short to sit idly by holding a grudge. (Kobe Bryant)

Every day that passes you must put a bit of that annoyance aside, in order to get rid of the burden.

12. I always have a ball in the car. You never know. (Hakeem Olajuwon)

Passion is carried everywhere.

13. If you are afraid of failing, you don't deserve to be successful. (Charles Barkley)

Failure will always exist, the difference lies in the way we deal with it.

14. A winner is someone who recognizes the talents God has given him, works to help him develop his abilities, and uses these abilities to achieve his goals. (Larry Bird)

Yes, there are those who are born with natural talent, but if they don't work with it, they will not succeed.

15. Every night on the court I give it my all. And if I don't give 100% I criticize myself. (Lebron James)

Regardless of the result, never stop giving 100% of yourself.

16. I've never been afraid of great moments. I feel nervous, I get nervous and anxious. But those are the symptoms that you are ready for that moment. (Stephen Curry)

Do not let yourself be governed by your nerves, because these are not signs of weakness, but of emotion.

17. A good result is having done your best. (John Wooden)

Sometimes it's not about the goal, but what you do along the way.

18. If you have a child who is six feet tall, do not cut off his head or legs. Buy him a bigger bed and hope he plays basketball. (Robert Bernard Altman)

Always work with the resources you have with you.

19. Talent is only part of success; the rest is work and sacrifice. (Dusko Ivanovic)

Nothing is achieved without work.

20. Do your best when no one is watching. If you do that, you can be successful in whatever you set your mind to. (Bob Cousy)

That the effort comes from you, because you want to, because you have proposed it and thus you will be able to surprise them all.

21. You can't achieve much in life if you only work on the days when you feel good. (Jerry West)

There are times when we must force ourselves to keep working.

22. Excellence is not a singular act but a habit. You are what you do repeatedly. (Shaquille O'Neal)

To be excellent at something, you must make small efforts every day.

23. I always wanted to be a basketball player, nothing more and nothing less. (Dirk Nowitzki)

Referring to the dream that he managed to conquer.

24. You should not be afraid of failing. It is the only way to be successful. (Lebron James)

The failures only represent lessons to know how to move forward.

25. Basketball is my refuge, my sanctuary. I am a child in the yard again. When I get here, everything is good. (Kobe Bryant)

The great NBA player refers to the sport with excitement about him.

26. I failed, went back up. I failed, went back up. (Allen Iverson)

Life is a constant peak of ups and downs.

27. You will not always succeed, I know. (Lebron James)

It is possible that once you reach the top, you will fall. But you should not stay down for that.

28. I have a theory that if you give 100% all the time, somehow things will work out. (Larry Bird)

At some point, everything you have worked for will have its results.

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29. I gave everything I had to basketball. The passion is still there. It was a great adventure. (Allen Iverson)

The athlete remembers his time on the court with great happiness.

30. I am a basketball player. That's what I do and that's what I love, but that's not all I am. I have many talents for many other things. (Kevin Durant)

Remember that what you are good at is not all that you are.

31. Basketball is my life. Everything else is an interruption. (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

But there are others that what they do is their life.

32. I'm sick of being told only about money, money, money, money and more money. Guys, I just want to play basketball and drink Pepsi and wear Reeboks. (Shaquille O'Neal)

Making a fun reference to what really matters to him.

33. Good teams become great teams when their members trust each other so much that "we" prevail over "me." (Phil Jackson)

A successful team is one where all its players know how to work together.

34. I think someone should explain to children that it is normal to make mistakes. This is how we learn. When we compete, we make mistakes. (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

This is a valuable lesson to be taught.

35. The greatest gift I have in life is basketball. (Isaiah Thomas)

Basketball has had the power to change the lives of many people.

36. What to do when you make a mistake? Acknowledge it, admit it, and forget it. (Dean Smith)

This is the correct way to face mistakes.

37. Winning a ring is everyone's goal, whether you're a player or a coach. (Patrick Ewing)

The dream of the players must harmonize with that of the coach.

38. Keep your fans proud, and your haters jealous. (Klay Thompson)

Turn a deaf ear to negative reviews and proudly accept positive ones.

39. The idea is not to block all shots, the idea is to make your opponent believe that he can block all shots. (Bill Russell)

One of the strategies in the game.

40. My team must never give up: everything that doesn't kill us makes us stronger. (Bozidar Maljkovic)

A team becomes stronger when mistakes are learned to be stronger.

41. The strength of the team is in each individual member. The strength of each member is in the team. (Phil Jackson)

All for one and one for all.

42. I don't know what I'm going to do tomorrow. I just know for sure that I'm going to keep playing basketball. (Kevin Durant)

Make your dream job what you want to do tomorrow.

43. Good players want to be trained and they want to be told the truth. (Doc Rivers)

To improve you should not only take the praise, but the harsh criticism.

44. I wasn't a point guard. I was a murderer. (Allen Iverson)

Speaking of basketball competitiveness, it's almost like a blood necessity.

45. Fans never fall asleep in games because they fear being hit by a pass. (George Raveling)

Fans will never be able to understand how tough life is on the court and behind the scenes.

46. I don't know what it is like for you earthlings but where I come from, the strength comes from the mind. (Shaquille O'Neal)

A big part of our strength is believing that we can do anything.

47. Losing balls is the prelude to a bad attack. (Antonio Díaz Miguel)

Learn to read the signs that something is wrong, to avoid a disaster.

48. You cannot win unless you learn to lose. (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

Failure is part of success.

49. I always have an optimistic view, no matter what it is. (Stephen Curry)

Staying positive can help us keep going in the face of adversity.

50. High school dropouts are missing their chance to pursue the American dream. (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

Education is everything to be able to aspire to be great people.

51. Basketball doesn't build character, it reveals it. (John Wooden)

For many players, basketball gave the opportunity to be who they are.

52. An individual talent wins games, a team talent wins championships. (Scottie Pippen)

Talented players can excel, but if they work as a team, they can bring victory.

53. Getting good players is easy. Getting them to play together is the hardest part. (Casey Stengel)

Great talents are useless if they always maintain their selfish stance.

54. I think good things come to those who work. (Wilt Chamberlain)

Profits occur as the result of a good job done.

55. It takes three things to be a 'special' player: talent, character and competitive fire. (Kevin Eastman)

Necessary qualities that every player must have.

56. Basketball is in my blood. It is my obligation to try. (Hakeem Olajuwon)

Talking about an interesting heritage that is a family pride.

57. A tough day at the office is even tougher when your office has spectator seats. (Nik Posa)

A reference to the pressure of the players by the fans.

58. An achiever is someone who knows the talents that God has given him, works hard to turn them into abilities to achieve his goals. (Larry Bird)

To be really good at something, it is not enough to have talent, but to know how to work it.

59. All coaches are creative, but if you don't have a good database, you won't get anywhere. (Gustavo Aranzana)

Coaches need to know what they are doing to lead a great team.

60. I'll do whatever it takes, whatever it takes, to be the best. (Drazen Petrovic)

To be the best, you must always push yourself and never stop growing.

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61. I'm terrified. I think I am the best player on this team. (Scott Hastings)

Never be intimidated by your nerves. Instead, let yourself be carried away by the belief that you are the best.

62. Fear of failure is the best motivational tool. He drives me and directs me. (Jerry West)

Let the fear of failure become the motivation to avoid it.

63. Basketball is like photography, if you don't focus, everything is negative. (Dan Frisby)

An important reflection on always giving your all.

64. To be a good coach, you have to convey honesty to the players. It is important that they realize that you are sincere. (Leon Najnudel)

Honesty can open more doors than any compliment or accusation.

65. You cannot choose how to lose, but you can choose how to recover to win next time. (Pat Riley)

A phrase that leaves us with a valuable lesson.

66. When you are not practicing, someone else is improving. (Allen Iverson)

If you stop trying, someone else will take your place.

67. Goals determine what you are going to be. (Julius Erving)

So set more demanding goals, but that make you grow and be better.

68. I may not be the toughest player physically, but I think mentally I'm up there. (Dirk Nowitzki)

It is not always necessary to be the strongest physically, but the one with the most mental resistance.

69. When we lost, they called me crazy. When we won they called me eccentric. (Al McGuire)

That is why it is sometimes necessary to turn a deaf ear to what others say.

70. I am not as talented as many other players, so I have to work harder than them. (Sidney Moncrief)

Not possessing the same as the rest does not make you weaker.

71. You never know what they are expecting of you, so just step out onto the court and play. (Manu Ginobili)

What do you lose by trying?

72. This is not the place for the weak-minded type, regardless of your talent. (Isiah Thomas)

The sports world can be really cruel and therefore not everyone survives in it.

73. The key is consistency: if you want to be a great shooter, you must always shoot the same. (Ray Allen)

Keep your course steady until you get to the point you want to get to.

74. If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life. (Isaiah Thomas)

Players are not just players, they are also people.

75. The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and sacrifice personal glory for the common goal. (Dave DeBusschere)

Successful teams are those that get their players to become teammates.

76. Everyone wants to win but not everyone has the desire to prepare to do so. (Bobby Knight)

Winning implies a great sacrifice and a greater commitment.

77. No one should expect more from you than yourself. (Carmelo Anthony)

Only you are the one who imposes your limits or demolishes them.

78. Love never fails. Character never gives up. And with patience and persistence, dreams come true. (Pete Maravich)

A beautiful reflection on not losing hope to achieve our dreams.

79. There is only one thing we can control and that is the force with which we play. (Don Meyer)

What things are you capable of controlling?

80. Never underestimate the heart of a champion. (Rudy Tomjanovich)

A champion is capable of breaking down any barrier.

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