Greatest NBA Quotes


Some call it just another ball sport. However, basketball fanatics swear that the game changes lives for the better. While both opinions are extreme, spectators cannot help being intrigued by the genuine charisma of the players. Yes, NBA (and basketball in general) has a history of great personalities. Whether they’re globally loved (LeBron James) or surrounded by controversies (Bobby Knight), great minds always have a way of putting the beautiful game of basketball on notice.

This post is dedicated to the most motivational quotes from different basketball players. Read on to gain a new perspective on the game (and even life).

Love never fails. Character never quits. And with patience and persistence, dreams do come true.

– Pete Maravich

Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God’s way to say nobody’s perfect.

– Shaquille O’Neal

I don’t complain about playing time. My job is to play so well that my coach can’t sit me

– Shane Battier

Team work is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one

– Mike Krzyzewski

If nobody will help you, do it alone

– Michael Jordan

When you’re not practicing, someone else is getting better

– Allen Iverson

If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit!

– Michael Jordan

No matter how good an individual is, it takes a whole Team to make win a championship.

– LeBron James

Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is an opportunity for me to rise.

– Kobe Bryant

There are seven days in the week and someday is not one of them.

– Shaquille O’Neal

I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come

– Michael Jordan

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.

– Tim Duncan

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

– Magic Johnson

I did everything the right way and earned my spot in this game, nothing was given to me.

– Shaquille O’Neal

I had to learn at an early age to turn criticism into motivation.

– Shaquille O’Neal

A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.

– Larry Bird

Don’t let what other people think decide who you are.

– Dennis Rodman

If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will.

– Kobe Bryant

Coaching is easy. Winning is the hard part.

– Elgin Baylor

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

I’ve had enough success for two lifetimes, my success is talent put together with hard luck.

– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

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

– Kevin Johnson

Make your supporters proud and your haters jealous

– Klay Thompson

Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed

– LeBron James

Keep practicing. Never let anyone tell you’re too small or too slow

– Chris Paul

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

– Bill Russell

Nobody should expect more of you than you expect of yourself

– Carmelo Anthony

What you do speaks louder than what you say

– Stephen Curry

One score makes happy ONE player. An assist makes happy TWO

– Tony Kukoc

Don’t get too low when things go wrong and don’t get too high when things are good

– Robert Parish

When an elevator brings you upstairs, you better send it back down to bring others up

– Dikembe Mutombo