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Basketball Quotes

"Don't do more than you can do, but don't do less either." - Jeff Fletcher

"I thank my teammates for letting their men blow by them." - Alonzo Mourning on winning the Defensive Player of the Year award

"You don't play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball." - Bobby Knight

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success" - Henry Ford

"Everyone can't be a professional player at sports, but everyone can be a professional sport as a player" - From Upward Basketball

On a player passing up an open shot: "You miss 100% of the shots that you don't take" - Joe Ledbetter, HS coach

"It's not the hours you put in, it's what you put in the hours." - unknown

"Even when I'm old and gray, I won't be able to play it, but I'll still love the game" - Michael Jordan

"It doesn't matter who scores the points, it's who can get the ball to the scorer" - Larry Bird

"Sometimes a player's greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team" - Scottie Pippen

"The only important shot you take is the next one. Because no matter how hard you try, that is the only one you can still have an effect on!" - Jason Bumblis

"If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life." - Isiah Thomas

"Great defense consists of 3 R's: read, react, and rotate." - P. Carr

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

"If you pay attention to the grandstands...it won't be long before you join them." - Anonymous

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." - John Wooden

"..it (coaching basketball) is kind of like wrestling a gorilla, you don't quit when you're tired, you quit when the gorilla is tired." - Mike McDowell

"It's what you learn, after you know it all, that counts." - John Wooden

"The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal." - Dave DeBusschere

"First master the fundamentals." - Larry Bird

"It is most difficult, in my mind, to separate any success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion." - John Wooden

"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your
better is best." - Tim Duncan

"Teamwork: The fuel that produces uncommon results in common people." - Anonymous

"One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"Those who have invested the most are the last to surrender." - Author Unknown

"Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals." - Dr. James Naismith, the father of basketball

"In life you are given two ends, one to think with the other to sit on. You success in life depends on which end you use the most. Head you win, tails you lose." - Conrad Burns

"Basketball is a game that gives you every chance to be great, and puts every pressure on you to prove that you haven't got what it takes. It never takes away the chance, and it never eases up on the pressure." - Coach Bob Sundvold

"Basketball doesn't build character it reveals it." - Author Unknown

"I'm like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. If I'm not ready, the sled isn't going to go." - Kevin Garnett

"Basketball is like photography, if you don't focus, all you have is the negative." - Dan Frisby

"The difference between an extraordinary player and an ordinary player is that little extra." - Michael Burks

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