Top Basketball Quotes

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Favorite Basketball Quotes

1. "I am reaching a point in my life where the basketball chapter in my life is slowly closing from a competition standpoint."
Author: Alonzo Mourning
2. "I play fantasy basketball and fantasy football, soccer."
Author: Andy Murray
3. "There's a tipping point that happens with soccer in which you just kinda get it. I was drawn to it because the best soccer teams play similarly to my favorite basketball teams - like the eighties Lakers or eighties Celtics - teams that emphasized teamwork over individualism and relied on passing as their biggest ongoing edge."
Author: Bill Simmons
4. "Basketball is one of those rare opportunities where you can make a difference, not only for yourself, but for other people as well."
Author: Bill Walton
5. "Every little kid that steps on the court or the field has aspirations to go pro. I think being a pro basketball player is the best job. The thing I had to realize was that I can't do every dream that I have."
Author: Brian McKnight
6. "Basketball is a game with winners and losers, but if you play this game with your heart, you're always a winner."
Author: C.M.
7. "I've always been like that. I was a tomboy when I was a kid, so I was always playing baseball and basketball and football and stuff as a kid with the boys."
Author: Catherine Bell
8. "Baseball is a team game but, at the same time, it's a very lonely game: unlike in soccer or basketball, where players roam around, in baseball everyone has their little plot of the field to tend. When the action comes to you, the spotlight is on you but no one can help you."
Author: Chad Harbach
9. "I think we have our sports within our own culture that are huge with baseball, football, basketball, and hockey. Those are the sports in America that we grow up with and soccer isn't really there yet."
Author: Claudio Reyna
10. "I watch a lot of NBA basketball, especially with the playoffs."
Author: Coby Bell
11. "We don't do things we aren't good at by nature. I wouldn't play basketball because I'm only 5' 1". Find what you enjoy - whether it's racing, flying a helicopter, being a doctor, or stitching clothes together. Once you've done that, you have the passion you need."
Author: Danica Patrick
12. "You want to do Olympics just like you do a pro football game or a basketball game? Be my guest. Watch it all fade away."
Author: Dick Ebersol
13. "Christian equality can be described as equity, or even-handedness. Egalitarianism, in contrast, demands sameness, or equality of outcome. These two visions of equality are about as comparable as dry and wet. Think of it in terms of ten teenage boys trying to dunk a basketball: equity means that they all face the same ten-foot standard, and only two them them can do it — equity thus usually means differences in outcome. Egalitarianism wants equality of outcome, and there is only one way to get that — lower the net. Sameness of outcome requires differences in the standards."
Author: Douglas Wilson
14. "I pray if I ever find out I have only about three minutes to live it's during a basketball game, because then I'll have, what, 10, 12 years to live?"
Author: Elayne Boosler
15. "I play basketball on Sundays and I'm a very spiritual guy; I read a lot of Eastern philosophy and I meditate."
Author: Garry Shandling
16. "Handball, swimming, running, jumping, basketball, and boxing were as much a part of me as breathing."
Author: Gene Tunney
17. "Allah says in the Qur'an not to despise one another. So the criterion in Islam is not color or social status. It's who is most righteous. If I go to a mosque - and I'm a basketball player with money and prestige - if I go to a mosque and see an imam, I feel inferior. He's better than me. It's about knowledge."
Author: Hakeem Olajuwon
18. "I love fashion as much as I love basketball! It is a great joy for me to express myself through designing my own collection."
Author: Hakeem Olajuwon
19. "Chantal and I are on opposite teams, so we have to cover each other. The guys have this weird way with us. For example, if we travel or double-dribble they won't call us on it, or, if we get knocked down by a good block they'll yell, "Foul!" and one of us gets to take a shot. But this favouritism also has a downside because they're always telling us what to do, like we don't know the rules of basketball or something."
Author: Ibi Kaslik
20. "Basketball's eras are defined by teams - Celtics, Lakers, Bulls - and baseball's epochs are defined by players - Ruth, Robinson, Mantle - but with football, it's the sideline strategists, the nutty professors and top coated Lears."
Author: J. R. Moehringer
21. "Being named as a finalist for the USA Basketball National Team is an unbelievable feeling and an opportunity that is truly humbling. It is an honor to be included with such talented players and I look forward to the chance to represent my country this summer."
Author: James Harden
22. "To defend my fear of sudden change, I chose to believe that life was incremental, that the tiny decisions you make every day determine your fate, that your job is to captain an enormous ship subtly into ever-clearer waters. But that's not how it works at all. Life occurs in moments. You get into college. You propose. You get the job. You get cancer. You get fired. She leaves you...Because I was born in a stable country at a stable time, I falsely extrapolated that change is incremental. But if you zoom out just a little bit, you see that life is soccer, not basketball. It's revolution, invention, war. It's big bangs, exploding stars, asteroids killing the dinosaurs. Which means that all the action is in the risk taking, whether I want it to be or not."
Author: Joel Stein
23. "If you're God's instrument, Owen," I said, "how come you need my help to stuff a basketball?"
Author: John Irving
24. "There was a beauty here bigger than the hurtling beauty of basketball, a beauty refined from country pastures, a game of solitariness, of waiting, waiting for the pitcher to complete his gaze toward first base and throw his lightning, a game whose very taste, of spit and dust and grass and sweat and leather and sun, was America."
Author: John Updike
25. "I know the game well. I'm a student of basketball; I know what it takes to win."
Author: Kenyon Martin
26. "You know, I think more people should watch women's basketball. It'd do so much for the game."
Author: Kevin Durant
27. "As I walked inside, she turned around and headed for the end of the bed. Then she paused and turned to face me. She was wearing her Orchard Hill basketball T-shirt and sweatpants and she looked tired, but beautiful."
Author: Kieran Scott
28. "When it gets down to it, basketball is basketball."
Author: Larry Bird
29. "I don't know how tall I am or how much I weigh. Because I don't want anybody to know my identity. I'm like a superhero. Call me Basketball Man."
Author: LeBron James
30. "I treated it like every day was my last day with a basketball."
Author: LeBron James
31. "I went to an ACC school, Wake Forest, I'm a big college basketball fan, and it was just a natural interest for me."
Author: Lee Norris
32. "Basketball is an intricate, high-speed game filled with split-second, spontaneous decisions. But that spontaneity is possible only when everyone first engages in hours of highly repetitive and structured practice--perfecting their shooting, dribbling, and passing and running plays over and over again--and agrees to play a carefully defined role on the court. . . . spontaneity isn't random."
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
33. "I gravitate toward the team thing. I'm not a golfer - I much prefer basketball."
Author: Michael Eisner
34. "When we got back to the house Logan grabbed his basketball, threw it really hard against the hallway wall, knocked the framed family photo to the floor-it didn't break, he didn't pick it up-and left with a couple of his friends. Thebes picked up the photo, hung it back on the wall, sighed heavily like she'd travelled to every corner of the world, on her knees, with a knife in her back and a boa constrictor wrapped around her chest, and then made us a couple of blueberry smoothies."
Author: Miriam Toews
35. "But why live in these environments at all? What possessed fish to get out of the water or live in the margins? Think of this: virtually every fish swimming in these 375-million-year-old streams was a predator of some kind. Some were up to sixteen feet long, almost twice the size of the largest Tiktaalik. The most common fish species we find alongside Tiktaalik is seven feet long and has a head as wide as a basketball. The teeth are barbs the size of railroad spikes. Would you want to swim in these ancient streams?"
Author: Neil Shubin
36. "For 'Iron Man' I had to improv with Robert Downey Jr., which is like going up against LeBron in basketball. At one point he stopped and said, 'Can we give a round of applause to Olivia, because she's rocking it right now.'"
Author: Olivia Munn
37. "I never knew what basketball was. I started playing on the playground. People used to laugh at me and joke at me because I was so tall and I didn't know the game and couldn't play it."
Author: Patrick Ewing
38. "Mostly I play sports games - football and basketball. 'Inside Drive' and 'NFL Fever.'"
Author: Paul Pierce
39. "She is a good girl," Park said. "You don't even know her." His dad was standing, pushing Park toward the door. "Go," he said sternly. "Go play basketball or something.""Good girls don't dress like boys," his mother said."
Author: Rainbow Rowell
40. "Pro basketball is a very mercenary endeavor."
Author: Rick Majerus
41. "He knew I enjoyed the relationships of college basketball. All along, he was the wise one."
Author: Rick Pitino
42. "I had never picked up a basketball before. I went through a grueling audition process. It was almost as if I was learning to walk. It would be like teaching somebody to dance ballet for a role."
Author: Sanaa Lathan
43. "I was about 14, and my friend's stepdad asked me to do a 10K with him because his son - who was more into basketball - didn't want to. It was amazing, and I still remember the time I got: 48:23."
Author: Sean Astin
44. "Late one day James and I watch the sun fly across the sky like a basketball on fire until it falls down completely and lands in Benjamin Lake with a splash and shakes the ground and even wakes up Lester FallsApart who thought it was his father come back to slap his face again."
Author: Sherman Alexie
45. "Teachers, parents, guidance counselors... all of them are always pushing this crap about how it's okay to be different, just be yourself. Don't give in to peer pressure, blah, blah, blah. The truth is, it's really only okay to be yourself if that self is within an accepted range of "normal." You like soccer instead of basketball, Johnny? Well, okay, I guess, so long as you still like sports. What's that, Susie, you want to wear the blue sweater instead of the red? You know we're all about expressing individuality here... so long as it's still a sweater."
Author: Stacey Kade
46. "I'm a Christian first. I'm a family guy second. As much as I like coaching, as much as I like basketball, it's third, fourth, or fifth down the line."
Author: Steve Alford
47. "My father was a soccer player. All my friends played basketball though, so I stuck with basketball."
Author: Steve Nash
48. "It's not to hurt anyone, but basketball can be rough."
Author: Sue Wicks
49. "Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps."
Author: Tiger Woods
50. "Playing in the playoffs is the best basketball in the world, and if you can learn under that pressure, succeed under that pressure, it gives you more confidence the next year."
Author: Tony Parker

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