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The Best 50 Basketball Quotes by Players & Coaches



“Don’t give up; don’t ever give up!” – These words are probably some of the most powerful ever said or written. This motto was part of a legendary speech delivered by Jim Valvano, an American college basketball coach, for the cancer research foundation he initiated – just eight weeks before he died of cancer.

FIBA World Championship game between USA and Lithuania on September 11, 2010 in Istanbul / FIBA World Championship Spiel zwischen USA und Litauen am 11. September 2010 in IstanbulTeam USA Chaunsey Billups drives to the basket in FIBA World Championship game between USA and Lithuania
on September 11, 2010 in Istanbul (Oleksiy Naumov | Shutterstock)

With over a century of stories and legends, basketball has had its share of stimulating and motivating ambassadors. There are very many fascinating speeches and motivational words.

Our collection of inspirational basketball quotes is sorted chronologically by birth date of the originator. Enjoy and stay motivated!

Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.
James Naismith
(1861-1939, Canadian American sports coach and innovator;
he invented the sport of basketball in 1891)
I am sure that no man can derive
more pleasure from money or power
than I do from seeing a pair of basketball goals
in some out of the way place.

James Naismith
(1861-1939, Canadian American sports coach and innovator;
he invented the sport of basketball in 1891)
Ability may get you to the top,
but it takes character to keep you there.

John Robert Wooden
(1910-2010, nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood”,
American basketball player and coach)
Talent is God given. Be humble.
Fame is man-given. Be grateful.
Conceit is self-given. Be careful.

John Robert Wooden
(1910-2010, nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood”,
American basketball player and coach)
Success comes from knowing
that you did your best to become the best
that you are capable of becoming.

John Robert Wooden
(1910-2010, nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood”,
American basketball player and coach)


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