Funny Basketball Quotes

  • “You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.”—Bobby Knight
  • “They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.”—Wilt Chamberlain
  • “Any American boy can be a basketball star if he grows up, up, up.”—Bill Vaughn
  • “If I weren’t earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming.”—Charles Barkley
  • “If you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot.”—Dean Smith
  • “Basketball doesn’t build character. It reveals it.”—Unknown
  • “Fans never fall asleep at our games, because they’re afraid they might get hit by a pass.”—George Raveling
  • “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.”—Charles Barkley
  • “I knew I was dog meat. Luckily, I’m the high-priced dog meat that everybody wants. I’m the good-quality dog meat. I’m the Alpo of the NBA.”—Shaquille O’Neal
  • “The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.” – Jerry Tarkanian
  • “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
  • “We have a great bunch of outside shooters. Unfortunately, all our games are played indoors.”—Weldon Drew
  • “Any time Detroit scores more than a hundred points and holds the other team below a hundred points, they almost always win.”—Doug Collins
  • “There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket.” – Abe Lemons
  • “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
  • “What is so fascinating about sitting around watching a bunch of pituitary cases stuff a ball through a hoop?”—Woody Allen

Famous Basketball Quotes

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“If you play good attack, you win the game, but, if you play good defence you win championships” – Zeljko Obradovic

“A Coach must never forget that he is a leader and not merely a person with authority.” – John Wooden

“A good defense doesn’t break down on the help; it breaks down on the recovery.” – Chuck Daly

“A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand, if you can get them all together, you have a fist. That’s how I want you to play!” – Mike Krzyzewski

“Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.” – Pat Riley

“Don’t do anything as an individual that will make you stand out from your teammates.” – Mike Krzyzewski

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because character is what you really are, while reputation is what others think you are.” – John Wooden

“I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

“It doesn’t matter who scores the points, it’s who can get the ball to the scorer.” – Larry Bird

“Good teams become great ones when the members trust each other enough to surrender the Me for the We.” – Phil Jackson

“I love practice. It is when a coach exercises the most control over the improvement of his or her team.” – Mike Krzyzewski

“If what you have done yesterday still looks big to you, you haven’t done much today.” – Mike Krzyzewski

“Discipline is not a dirty word.” – Pat Riley

“One score makes happy ONE player, one assist makes happy TWO.” – Toni Kukoc

“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” – John Wooden

“It’s not what you teach, it’s what you emphasize.” – John Wooden

“The coach should be the absolute boss, but he still should maintain an open mind.” – Red Auerbach

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” – Pat Summit

“Reverse the ball one time for a good shot, two times for a great shot, three times for a layup.” – John Wooden