Words of encouragement for basketball players

Words of encouragement for basketball players

  • I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.Michael Jordan
  • It’s okay to make mistakes. That’s how we learn. When we compete, we make mistakes.Kareem Abdul-Jabaar
  • Do your best when no one is looking. If you do that, then you can be successful in anything you put your mind to.Bob Cousy
  • Nothing is given. Everything is earned.LeBron James
  • Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.Tim Duncan
  • I don’t complain about playing time. My job is to play so well the coach can’t sit me.Shane Battier
  • Goals determine what you’re going to be.Julius Erving
  • If you quit once, it becomes a habit. Never quit.Michael Jordan
  • Something doesn’t just pop up under your nose. You have to work for it.LeBron James
  • I’m playing, I’m here. I’m going to fight until they tell me they don’t want me anymore.Steve Nash
  • In order to achieve positive results, one must work for them, not hope for them.Bob Knight
  • Everybody has talent, but the ability takes hard work.Michael Jordan
  • Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.Michael Jordan
  • If you do the work, you’ll get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.Michael Jordan
  • Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.Michael Jordan
  • Approach the game with no preset agendas and you’ll probably come away surprised at your overall efforts.Phil Jackson
  • Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days that you don’t feel like doing them.Julius Erving
  • Basketball is a lifelong game. You continue to learn from the game day in and day out, and along the way, you get better.Scottie Pippen
  • Once you are labeled the best you want to stay up there, and you can’t do it by loafing around. If I don’t keep changing, I’m history.Larry Bird
  • Failure is good. Its fertilizer. Everything I’ve learned about coaching I’ve learned from making mistakes.Rick Pitino
  • Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.John Wooden
  • The number one thing is desire, the ability to do things you have to do to become a basketball player.Larry Bird
  • Any team can be a miracle team, but you have to go out and work for your miracles.Charles Barkley
  • Everyone wants to do what the great ones do, but very few are willing to do what they did to become great.Jon Gordon
  • Be led by your dreams. Not by your problems.Roy Williams
  • We have the mentality of the hunter. We want to be the most enthusiastic team in the country. That’s what we can control.Shaka Smart
  • People say, “Relax, the game is over. The game is over.” Well, the game is never over.Red Auerbach
  • I know that I’m never as good or bad as any single performance. I’ve never believed my critics or my worshippers, and I’ve always been able to leave the game in the arena.Charles Barkley
  • I recruit hungry kids who love the game and want to get better and feel they have more questions than answers.Bo Ryan
  • I’m still waiting for perfection. In the meantime, I’ll settle for persistence.Bo Ryan
  • People do not differ in their desire to win; they differ in the price they are willing to pay to win.Alan Stein
  • Winners aren’t built overnight.Bill Fitcher
  • The great teams learn how to win night after night, week after week, season after season, with no letup.Don Nelson
  • Trying to get by on talent is a fatal mistake.Pete Maravich
  • Money is only part of the dream. The dream is to be whatever you set out to be – to fulfill your potential.Red Auerbach
  • Winning a championship is never easy. And it shouldn’t be.Phil Jackson
  • The only thing harder to handle than winning too much is losing too much.John Wooden
  • Systems win! Believe in your system, and then sell it to your players.Billy Donovan
  • To be a great teacher of the game you must study the game; know your craft & be proud of your knowledge, but never satisfied with your knowledge.Kevin Eastman
  • I like criticism. It makes you strong.LeBron James
  • Prepare for every game like you just lost your last game.Lon Kruger
  • You always have to give 100%, because if you don’t someone, somewhere will give 100% and they will beat you when you meet.Ed Macauley
  • Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.Og Mandino
  • You can’t come to practice half-assed, going through the motions. How you practice is how you play.Penny Hardaway
  • You can’t put toughness in someone. You have to go out and battle.Penny Hardway
  • I want to contribute in any way to a great team.Penny Hardway
  • If I’ve learned anything, it’s that you can’t get anything for granted.Penny Hardaway
  • There are really only two plays, Romeo and Juliet and put the darn ball in the basket.Abe Lemmons
  • We have a great bunch of outside shooters. Unfortunately, all our games are played indoors.Weldon Drew
  • Fans never fell asleep at our games, because they’re afraid they may get hit by a pass.George Raveling
  • Any American boy can be a basketball star if he grows up, up, up.Bill Vaughn
  • I knew it was time to retire when I was driving down the lane and got called for a three-second violation.Johnny Kerr
  • The only difference between a bad shot and a good shot is if it goes in or not.Charles Barkley
  • If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.Phil Jackson
  • Shooting is just like toenails. They may fall off occasionally, but you know they’ll always come back.Charles Johnson
  • I’ll always remember this as the night Michael Jordan and I combined for 70 points.
  • Stacey King, after Michael Jordan scored a playoff record 69 points (Check out Michael Jordan Quotations.)
  • I never thought I’d lead the NBA in rebounding, but I got a lot of help from my teammates. They did a lot of missing.Moses Malone
  • In my prime, I could’ve handled Michael Jordan. Of course, he would have only been 12 years old.Jerry Sloan
  • A team should be an extension of a coach’s personality. My teams are arrogant and obnoxious.Al McGuire
  • This year we plan to run and shoot. Next season we hope to run and score.Billy Tubbs
  • This is basketball, not figure skating. You don’t get extra points for degree of difficulty.Bobby Hurley
  • The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.Jerry Tarkanian
  • Basketball is like a war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up.Red Auerbach
  • When I dunk, I put something on it. I want the ball to hit the floor before I do.Darryl Dawkins
  • 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
  • Me shooting 40 percent from the free-throw line is God’s way of saying that nobody is perfect.Shaquille O’Neal
  • The greatness of Michael Jordan is his competitive drive. The weakness of Michael Jordan is his competitive drive.Phil Jackson
  • I want us to play mother-in-law defense: constant nagging and harassment.Rick Pitino
  •  I always laugh when people ask me about rebounding techniques. I’ve got a technique It’s called just go get the damn ball.Charles Barkley
  • Kids are great. That’s one of the best things about our business, all the kids you get to meet. It’s a shame they have to grow up to be regular people and come to the games and call you names.Charles Barkley
  • They shot the ball well early. What comes out of the microwave hot doesn’t always stay hot. I know, because I eat bagels in the morning.Shaquille O’Neal
  • Basketball is like photography. If you don’t focus, you’ll only get the negative.Dan Frisby
  • I’m not against taking shots, but I am against taking bad shots.Hank Iba
  • 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
  • They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.Wilt Chamberlain
  • You can say something to popes, presidents and kings, but you can’t talk to officials. In the next war, they ought to give everyone a whistle.Abe Lemmons
  • Scoring 100 points is a lot, but I maybe could have scored 140 if they had played straight-up basketball.Wilt Chamberlain
  • If you can walk with your head in the clouds and keep your feet on the ground, you can make it in the NBA.Gary Dornhoefer
  • The best thing about freshmen is they become sophomores.Al McGuire
  • I really appreciate this award, but I don’t want to win it ever again.Marcus Denmon, after receiving the Sixth Man of the Team Award for the Missouri Tigers
  • He makes plays you can’t coach, and he makes plays that look like he’s never been coached.Bill Self comment on point guard Tyshawn Taylor
  • You got to believe in yourself. Hell, I believe I’m the best-looking guy in the world and I might be right.Charles Barkley
  • We’re shooting 100 percent – 60 percent from the field and 40 percent from the free-throw line.Norm Stewart
  • 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
  • Friends can come and go, but banners stay forever.Kobe Bryant
  • The other side of this is that a good man has been liberated.Rick Carlisle, on the firing of coach David Blatt
  • I don’t tweet. I don’t Google. And, I don’t Instagram.Quin Snyder
  • Toronto to me is a clean New York.Charles Barkley
  • LeBron James still gets criticism. Jesus still gets criticized.D’Angelo Russell
  • It’s a world game. It’s not expensive to play. You can have fun playing by yourself or one-on-one with another person. Basketball is for everyone.Red Auerbach
  • 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 try to stress the little things. Because little things lead to big things.Steve Alford
  • The game I invented in 1891 back at the Springfield, Massachusetts YMCA college has had a fine part in the development of better international understanding.James Naismith
  • Basketball has been a powerful force for understanding and race relations in our society.John McLendon
  • Even when I’m old and gray, I won’t be able to play it, but I’ll still love the game.Michael Jordan
  • Play to win. You can’t play tentatively, you can’t play scared.Rollie Massimino
  • Basketball is like a game of chess. But until you win the championship, it’s not checkmate.Isiah Thomas
  • Basketball is like a really fast-paced game of chess, where every move has its benefits and repercussions.Bill Walton
  • One day of good practice is like one day of clean living. It doesn’t do you any good.John Wooden
  • The only way to find your rhythm is by repetition. Do a thing a thousand times and pretty soon you do it easily and gracefully.Adolph Rupp
  • The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponents believe you might block every shot.Bill Russell
  • Be a dreamer. If you don’t know how to dream, you’re dead.Dale Brown
  • The mental approach to things is what separates players at every level.Lisa Leslie
  • Blame is the coward’s way out.Elvin Hayes
  • I don’t look for excuses when we lose, and I don’t buy excuses when we win.Dave Cowens
  • Believe in yourself. If you believe you can do something, don’t let anybody in the whole world tell you can’t.Slick Watts
  • Play the game with a smile.Earl Monroe
  • Shooting is nothing. Anybody can shoot. The big thrill is putting on a show for the crowd.Pete Maravich
  • Obviously there have been times when I’ve failed. But there have never been times when I thought I would fail.Michael Jordan
  • To me, it’s a serious game. Don’t expect me to be having all kinds of fun when the score’s tied, two seconds left, and the other guys have the ball.Larry Bird
  • There is a direct correlation between the number of ball reversals and defensive breakdowns.Kevin Eastman
  • I know I have plenty of enemies, but I’d rather be the most hated winning coach in the country than the most popular losing one.Adolph Rupp

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