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Basketball Quotes & Sayings To Get Ready For Your Next Game

These basketball quotes will help give you the motivation to level your game up in all areas of life. Basketball was once LIFE. It was all I had…

All I knew…

It was something to look forward to everyday. A daily challenge of becoming the best version of myself in something I loved to do.

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“If you’re playing basketball with someone who’s better than you, you have to get better or else it’s no fun.” – Jason Behr

“When it gets down to it, basketball is basketball.” – Larry Bird

“I just want to try to ignore the scrutiny and all the distractions and just play hard basketball and let the best come… Improving game by game and trying to improve my game is what I want to do.” – Andrew Bogut

“It wasn’t until late high school and early college that I gained enough size and skill to make me welcome on intramural basketball teams.” – Paul D. Boyer

“We’ve got to play better basketball.” –  Tim Buckley

“I always dreamt of being a basketball player. A dream that only I believed in.” – David Duchovny

“I think I have the skills. I’m a great judge of talent. I just know basketball.” – Tim Hardaway

“I’ve done a lot of basketball drills, not a whole lot of competitive stuff. I have basically been in the gym everyday working on my game, working on the time off that I’ve had from the game, just getting myself prepared mentally and physically for the season.” – Grant Hill

“I believe that whatever we have, regardless of a trade being done or not, I feel we have a shot. I’ve just got to believe that we’re going to be alright.” – Allen Iverson

“I wanted to do two things when I was growing up about your age. I wanted to play in the NBA, and I wanted to be a businessman after my basketball career was over, and that is what I am doing now.” – Magic Johnson

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“A lot of late nights in the gym, a lot of early mornings, especially when your friends are going out, you’re going to the gym. Those are the sacrifices that you have to make if you want to be an NBA basketball player.” – Jason Kidd

“You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.” – Bobby Knight

“With me and basketball, it became part of me.” – Mike Krzyzewski

“My goals have gone from being an all-star to just being able to play basketball. I always took for granted that I could play. Now I know what a gift it is.” – Rebecca Lobo

“Basketball is in my blood. It is my obligation to try.” – Hakeem Olajuwon

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“I’m the basketball version of a gravedigger.” – Dennis Rodman

“My greatest gift that I have in life is basketball.” – Isaiah Thomas

“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

“I never lose sight of what a special time it is to be a women’s basketball player.” – Sue Wick

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

“I played basketball to try to keep my parents from working so hard.” – James Worthy

“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

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

“All the days that you wake up, you got one job and that’s to get better every single day.” – Derrick Rose

“If you’re afraid to fail, then you’re probably going to fail.” – Kobe Bryant

“It’s hard to play well. But its easy to work hard.” – Kevin Durant

“Be the best version of yourself in anything that you do. You don’t have to live anybody else’s story.” – Stephen Curry

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“I don’t complain about playing time. My job is to play so well the coach can’t sit me.” – Shane Battier

“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.” – Michael Jordan

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

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“When I walked into the gym, I fell in love with the game. I didn’t fall in love with it just because it was me playing. I fell in love with it because I’ve got guys like this – like these guys every single day that push me to be the best I can be.” – Kevin Durant

“If you don’t fall, how are you going to know what getting up is like.” – Stephen Curry

“Don’t leave the court on a miss. Always finish with the result you want.” – Unknown

“Basketball isn’t a game; it’s an art form. You master the fundamentals so you can forget ’em, so you can improvise and just concentrate  on what really matters; getting buckets.” – Kyrie Irving

“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

“I’m just trying to GROW. One thing I’ve told myself is, don’t worry about who people say is the best player.” – Kevin Durant

“There’s winning and there’s losing and in life both will happen. What is never acceptable to me is quitting.” – Magic Johnson

“Success is born out of faith, and undying passion, and a relentless drive.” – Stephen Curry

“If you’re afraid of failure, you don’t deserve to be successful.” – Charles Barkley

“We can always kind of be average and just do what’s normal. I’m not in this to do what’s normal.” – Kobe Bryant

“Nobody should expect more of you than you expect of yourself.” – Carmelo Anthony

“If every basketball player worked as hard as I did, I’d be out of a job.” – Steve Nash

“I think the reason why I am who I am today is because I went through those tough times when I was younger.” – Lebron James

“Whether I start or come off the bench makes no difference to me. My game has always been go as hard as I can as long as I can.” John Havlicek

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