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Game Of Basketball Quotes


"I learned so much from Sue about the Xs and Os of the game of basketball." - Pat Summitt

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

"You know what the game of golf is, don't you? It's basketball for people who can't jump and chess for people who can't think." - Tom Robbins

"Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you've got him" - Bill Russell

"Basketball is a game of sacrificing yourself for the next guy, being a team that takes good shots, and taking the right shots" - David Blatt

"Basketball isn't just about the bright lights, packed arenas and highlight reels. Basketball is a way of life. Basketball is a relationship between you and the ball, you and your teammates. If you love the game, nobody can take that from you." - Michael Jordan

"You might be a redneck if... your high school basketball game got rained out." - Jeff Foxworthy

"Basketball is a full court game, so every drill must be done full court." - Bobby Knight

"I would rather go to Baghdad than go to a professional basketball game." - Don Imus

"So after 11 years you're just picking up all this information. I'm a basketball junky, so I watch old players. The '90s was a great era of basketball. I watched so much of that. That just helped me be a student of the game and pick up any moment. It's the 10,000 hour rule. You're just trying to master your craft." - Andre Iguodala

"Part of the charm of basketball lies in the fact that it's a simple game to understand. Players race up and down a fairly small area indoors and stuff the ball into a ring with Madonna's dress hanging on it." - Dan Jenkins

"Working with all of these kids is great. It doesn't get any better than this, to come down and inspire kids who want to play the game of basketball and put smiles on their faces." - Lebron James

"Not only do I admire Jordan's accomplishments and his phenomenal basketball ability, but also the way he has conducted himself on and off the court. I don't think there will ever be another player to have the same impact on the game of basketball as Michael Jordan." - Elgin Baylor

"Just because I had a good game doesn't change who I am, my identity is in Christ and not in basketball, I love playing basketball and it's my job but at the same time I recognize that I'm a sinner and that's not gonna change regardless of how well I play on the court" - Jeremy Lin

"Basketball is just something else to do, another facet of life. I'm going to be a success at whatever I choose because of my preparation. By the time the game starts, the outcome has been decided. I never think about having a bad game because I have prepared." - David Robinson

"It's better to have a good player with the basketball in late game situations than to have plays." - Rick Pitino

"The 'mecca of college basketball is in Storrs, Connecticut." - Jim Nantz

"The clothes do not match my personality. I'm more of a very conservative, blue-blazer kind of guy. But as far as my personality, it's a lot of hot-dog mustard - have a lot of a fun and a lot of excitement. I feel like I'm 68; I act like I'm 12, talking about a game of basketball." - Dick Vitale

"On how to make the game more exciting - Eliminate the referees, raise the basket four feet, double the size of the basketball, limit the height of the players to 5 feet 9 inches, bring back the centre jump, allow taxi drivers in for free and allow the players to carry guns." - Al Mcguire

"It's heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody . . . My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can, ... People may not agree with that . . . I can't live with what everyone's impression of what I should or what I shouldn't do." - Michael Jordan

"I've been watching basketball for a long time, I'm a historian of the game. I don't know any other team that's gotten to the Finals without two All-Stars... I cannot remember thinking of it. I don't even know if it's ever happened, for a team to lose two All-Stars and still be able to make it to the Finals." - Lebron James

"I can't play the game of basketball and live my life on what other people expect me to do or what they think I should do. That doesn't make me happy. What makes me happy is being able to make plays for my teammates, to be able to represent the name on the back of my jersey." - Lebron James

"I never knew what Amazon was. I've never seen any of those series, even on cable. I've never seen The Sopranos, or Mad Men. I'm out every night and when I come home, I watch the end of the baseball or basketball game, and there's Charlie Rose and I go to sleep." - Woody Allen

"Like life, basketball is messy and unpredictable. It has its way with you, no matter how hard you try to control it. The trick is to experience each moment with a clear mind and open heart. When you do that, the game - and life - will take care of itself." - Phil Jackson

"If you told me two years I would miss the greatest basketball game ever to hang out with Nathan Lane, I'd say, 'You're crazy!'" - Chris Rock

"To see a player dunk in women's college basketball is just amazing. It's great to see that the game has reached that level now" - Holly Johnson

"Basketball allowed me to revere my father without him knowing what I was up to. I took up basketball as a form of homage and mimicry." - Pat Conroy

"If a Coach is determined to stay in the coaching profession, he will develop from year to year. This much is true, no coach has a monopoly on the knowledge of basketball. There are no secrets in the game. The only secrets, if there are any, are good teaching of sound fundamentals, intelligent handling of men, a sound system of play, and the ability to instill in the boys a desire to win." - Adolph Rupp

"As a young man just beginning to publish some short fiction in the t&a magazines, I was fairly optimistic about my chances of getting published; I knew that I had some game, as the basketball players say these days, and I also felt that time was on my side; sooner or later the best-selling writers of the sixties and seventies would either die or go senile, making room for newcomers like me." - Stephen King

"The game of baseball is a clean, straight game." - William Howard Taft

"Parents, what are your children learning from your worship? Do they see the same excitement as when you go to a basketball game? Do they see you prepare for worship as you do for a vacation? Do they see you hungry to arrive, seeking the face of the Father? Or do they see you content to leave the way you came?.....They are watching. Believe me. They are watching." - Max Lucado

"Most of my learning and philosophy regarding coaching basketball was developed after great frustration." - Dick Bennett

"Blending the talents of your team members is crucial to basketball success." - John Kundla

"The Boston Celtics are not a basketball team, they are a way of life." - Red Auerbach

"If every basketball player worked as hard as I did, I'd be out of a job" - Steve Nash

"I just stopped liking basketball. And then you dribbling down the court and having the owner like cuss at you and call you an idiot. I didnt even look forward to coming to the games, and if the owner [Donald Sterling] came to the game, I definitely was not gonna have a good game because it was just like, how do you play when the main heckler in the gym is the owner of the team, and hes telling you how much he hates you and calling out your name?" - Baron Davis

"Life for me outweighs the game of basketball." - Derek Fisher

"Basketball is sharing." - Phil Jackson

"Everyone is gonna have a bad day, everyone is gonna have a bad game. The questions are: How do you recover? What builds your character? I decided one day early on in high school that I wanted to be great at basketball, not just a good basketball player." - Gilbert Arenas

"I would tell players to relax and never think about what's at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you've lost your focus." - Michael Jordan

"I viewed it as a business, but I always viewed it as a game. An opportunity to show my skills, my basketball skills, amongst the best in the world." - Michael Jordan

"Basketball isn't a game; It's an art form. You master the fundamentals so you can forget 'em, so you can improvise and just concentrate on what really matters: getting buckets." - Kyrie Irving

"Basketball is a game and their primary reason for participating in the sport is simply for the pleasure they experience while playing. Don't be afraid to lose. Have fun while you're busy playing hard and playing smart." - Morgan Wootten

"The game of basketball is one thing, but the image of the game is another thing." - Earl Monroe

"Results, are the name of the game..." - Jim Rohn

"Excellence is the name of the game..." - Judith Jamison

"We want to show how hip-hop, which kind of fuels today's basketball stars, is directly related to jazz." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

"I'm just trying to keep myself in basketball shape and take care of my body while I can." - Terry Rozier

"Once you become a good person, then you have a chance of becoming a good basketball player." - John Wooden

"Basketball, like all sports, is predicated on the execution of fundamentals. The coach is a teacher. His subject: fundamentals" - Jack Ramsay

"The Atlanta Hawks are a bunch of guys who would prefer to pass kidney stones than pass a basketball." - Bob Weiss

"Great genetics are not necessarily a precursor for success in the game. Brazilian Legend Pele has often said that soccer stars are not born. Without proper soccer training a player will never reach his full potential. It is true that great speed would benefit someone who plays as a winger but would not be as useful for a goalkeeper. The greatest advantage of soccer is that it is not as discriminating as basketball or volleyball. There are no limitations when it comes to physique and it all comes down to individual soccer skills." - Pele

"Life is tough and it's tough whether you're famous or not famous. And in the end it's probably better to be famous because the perks are better. You get better seats at the basketball game, and you get better tables and reservations places. If I call a doctor on Saturday morning I can get him. There's a lot of things, indulgences that you don't get, if you're not famous. Now I'm not saying it's fair. But I can't say that I don't enjoy it." - Woody Allen

"I would rather get out of the game than stay in the game to change the game." - Danielle LaPorte

"My father was a basketball player, so I loved basketball because he did. It was a direct transference. But, more than that, basketball, in the United States at least, plays the same function that soccer does everyone else in the world. It's the sport of poverty. It's the sport born of poverty. It's the cheapest sport." - Sherman Alexie

"Instead of playing the game "Making Life Wonderful", we often play the game called "Who's Right". Do you know that game? It's a game where everybody loses." - Marshall B. Rosenberg

"I have a plan of action, but the game is a game of adjustments." - Mike Krzyzewski

"Golf is just a game - and an idiotic game most of the time." - Mark Calcavecchia

"When you watch the game, be a student of the game." - Don Meyer

"The game we are playing her is closest to the old game of 'Christians and lions.'" - Robert Crandall

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

"I'm a competitive person. I love the game of basketball. I'm a gym rat." - Paul Pierce

"The game of basketball is not played with throwing punches, throwing elbows." - Mo Williams

"One of my favorite things about basketball is that you can't break it down into some sort of science that makes total sense." - Bill Simmons

"Basketball is a sport that involves the subtle interweaving of players at full speed to the point where they are thinking and moving as one." - Phil Jackson

"I only want to play basketball, and play it well and be happy about it. But I realize that with being famous, comes a lot of demands." - Yao Ming

"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

"THESE ARE BEAUTIFUL PROPERTIES with basketball courts, bathroom facilities, toilet facilities. Many young people would love to get the hell out of cities" - Carl Paladino

"I think one of the most immoral things is college football and basketball, where everybody is making money except the players." - Frank Deford

"It's tough. Gymnastics isn't basketball or football or baseball, where you can get these huge contracts and make a lot of money." - Jonathan Horton

"About the time you think you are getting to know the moves in this game, someone comes along and does everything but undress you on the basketball floor. Standing there under the basket with your hands cupped - and finding that you dont have the ball in them - is a great little old leveler." - Tom Heinsohn

"Dinner, basketball game, four guys - classic." - Billy Bush

"He [Phil Jackson] is such a basketball genius in terms of the details of the game, the little nuances of the game and the rhythm of the game." - Kobe Bryant

"Love the game of baseball and baseball will love you." - Babe Ruth

"Stay in the game until the end of time." - Tupac Shakur

"In golf, humiliations are the essence of the game." - Alistair Cooke

"The ball is an essential part of the game." - Johan Cruijff

"Cersei in Game of Thrones is quite solid and stiff." - Lena Headey

"Golf is a game of precision, not strength." - Jack Nicklaus

"This wild swan of a world is no hunter's game." - Robinson Jeffers

"Life seemed even more of a guessing game than usual." - Julian Barnes

"We were outplayed in every facet of the game" - Michael Clarke

"Matrimony is the only game of chance the clergy favor." - Emily Murphy

"Decorating is like math, a game of adding and subtracting." - Charlotte Moss

"There is this concept of politics as a dirty game." - Georgios A. Papandreou

"Daikatana will be the greatest game of all time" - John Romero

"Feelings can't be a part of this game." - Simone Elkeles

"Baseball teaches that errors are part of the game." - Ernest Kurtz

"Ninety percent of this game is half mental." - Yogi Berra

"A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play." - James P. Carse

"Not only is there more to life than basketball, there's a lot more to basketball than basketball." - Phil Jackson

"Conditioning is essential to success in basketball." - John Wooden

"I am privileged to have played basketball." - Michael Jordan

"My life is bigger than basketball." - Dwyane Wade

"Basketball doesn't build character it reveals it." - James Naismith

"Basketball is not a democratic sport" - Patrick Hunt

"I caught an elbow playing basketball" - Michael Scofield

"Good basketball always starts with good defense!" - Bobby Knight

"Leaving the game plan is a sign of panic, and panic is not in our game plan." - Chuck Noll

"Playing the game is a form of winning the game. In those competitions, we win by being resilient." - Seth Godin

"Life is the only game in which the object of the game is to learn the rules." - Ashleigh Brilliant

"The game itself is an autonomous game, but everybody is a part of it. No contribution is too small." - Joe Torre

"A late game is only late until it ships. A bad game is bad until the end of time" - Shigeru Miyamoto

"I thought of love as a game. It is not a game. It is more serious than death." - Cassandra Clare

"I think probably one of the coolest things was when I went to play basketball at Rucker Park in Harlem. First of all, who would think that Larry the Cable Guy would go to Harlem to play basketball? And I was received like a rock star. It was amazing! There were people everywhere. There were guys walking by yelling, Git r done!" - Larry The Cable Guy

"A big market is something that doesn't really concern me too much. It's cool to think about, it's good for off-the-court deals. But I'm more of a basketball player. That's what I want to be known as. And this is the best place for me to play basketball. I'm glad I'm here." - Kevin Durant

"Yeah, handsome, great big guy, seven feet tall! Name is Rick Miller - Portland, Oregon. And he started a business. Of course you know it was in basketball. But it wasn't in basketball! I mean, I figured he had to be in sport, but he wasn't in sport." - Mitt Romney

"I enjoy playing at the heart of it is just a kid who really loves playing the game of basketball." - Kobe Bryant

"I'm a competitive type of person, whether it's playing a game of basketball or playing business games." - Chuck Feeney

"I've always been taught that basketball is a team game and greater than the sum of its parts." - Len Elmore

"You know, God gave me a gift to do other things besides play the game of basketball." - Lebron James

"I know the game well. I'm a student of basketball; I know what it takes to win." - Kenyon Martin

"Basketball is a team game. But that doesn't mean all five players should have the same amount of shots." - Dean Smith

"I don't discuss basketball. I dictate basketball. I'm not interested in philosophy classes." - Al Mcguire

"In practice, don't just run basketball drills, teach the players how to play basketball." - Don Meyer

"They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me." - Magic Johnson

"I couldn't imagine not playing basketball. To me, basketball is what life is all about." - Bill Walton

"Basketball can serve as a kind of metaphor for ultimate cooperation. It is a sport where success, as symbolized by the championship, requires that the dictates of community prevail over selfish impulses." - Bill Bradley

"I think a lot of people don't understand that when I sit out it's not because of this year. I'm thinking about long term. I'm thinking about after I'm done with basketball." - Derrick Rose

"My idol when I was growing up was Michael Jordan the basketball player because of his work ethic rather than his talent and because of what he went through to be as good as he was." - Justin Timberlake

"Michael Jordan was a cultural icon that everybody on the playground wanted to be. The Bulls dynasty was a huge part of my childhood and it was the peak of my basketball interest as a kid." - Macklemore

"Baseball is green and safe. It has neither the street intimidation of basketball nor the controlled Armageddon of football... Baseball is a green dream that happens on summer nights in safe places in unsafe cities." - Luke Salisbury

"Think of war as a game of Russian roulette. It is a game of chance with your life as the grand prize." - Ramman Kenoun

"For us to be successful on defense, we must get back and stop the basketball, eliminate easy baskets, keep the ball out of the lane, and bother the shooters." - Dick Bennett

"There are some remarkable parallels between basketball and politics. Michael Jordan has already mastered the skill most needed for political success: how to stay aloft without visible means of support." - Margaret Thatcher

"One thing I learned in the NBA is that the No. 1 job of a general manager is to keep his job. They are only 30 positions where you make millions and hang around with basketball players all day." - Mark Cuban

"Damian Lillard is having a better year than Chris Paul. Lillard got snubbed when he was left off of the USA Men's Basketball team, and now the All-Star team." - Kenny Smith

"Magic Johnson, former basketball player, may run for mayor of LA in the next election. Remember the good 'ol days when only qualified people ran for office like actors and professional wrestlers." - Jay Leno

"And when other people see me play basketball...the way I treat my teammates, the opponents, the refs, that's all a reflection of God's image and God's love so that's the stuff I try to focus on." - Jeremy Lin

"I begged my mom for a beat machine, she spent a crazy amount of money - so there were no more Christmases, no more basketball camps, no more birthday gifts. I always knew that's what I wanted to do." - J Cole

"It's not like being a professional basketball player where you're in a big house. Maybe three, four or five guys make a couple million bucks a year, but that's it. The rest of them have second jobs." - Frank Grillo

"I call Los Angeles the city of alternatives. If you don't like mountains, we got the ocean. If you don't like Knott's Berry Farm, we've got Disneyland. If you don't like basketball, we've got the Clippers." - Arsenio Hall

"Golf is not a game of great shots. It's a game of most accurate misses. The people who win make the smallest mistakes." - Gene Littler

"That's the name of the game ... pleasing the customer. If we ever lose sight of that fact, we've lost the ball game." - Ray Kroc

"(Baseball) is a game with a lot of waiting in it; it is a game with increasingly heightened anticipation of increasingly limited action" - John Irving

"The game of life is good, though all of life may be hurt, and though all lives lose the game in the end." - Jack London

"If it turns out that Mario doesn't really fit into the type of game I want, I wouldn't mind using Zelda as the basis of the new game." - Shigeru Miyamoto

"The placing of the center pawns determines the 'topography' of a game of chess." - Alexander Kotov

"We wanted to create an environment where if a game player enjoyed the "writing style" of a particular game designer, he or she could look for the next game by that same author and not be disappointed." - David Crane

"Of course, errors are not good for a chess game, but errors are unavoidable and in any case, a game without ant errors, or as they say 'flawless game' is colorless." - Mikhail Tal

"I am a basketball junkie, and as a product of the great basketball state of Kansas, I have watched many a ball game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Tar Heels." - Sheri L Dew

"I truly love the game; I wouldn't be playing if I didn't love the game. I'm not getting paid astronomical dollars; it's truly for the love of the game of basketball." - Michael Jordan

"They say football is America's greatest game, but it's not. The greatest game in America is called opportunity. Football is merely a great expression of it." - Joe Kapp

"The name of the game is no-limit Texas Hold'em, the game that takes a minute to learn but a lifetime to master." - Mike Sexton

"I came to see, in my time at IBM, that culture isn't just one aspect of the game; it is the game" - Lou Gerstner

"A proven theorem of game theory states that every game with complete information possesses a saddle point and therefore a solution." - Richard Arnold Epstein

"Baseball is really two sports - the summer game and the autumn game. One is the leisurely pastime of our national mythology. The other is not so gentle." - Thomas Boswell

"Humour is meant, in a literal sense, to make game of man; that is, to dethrone him from his official dignity and hunt him like game." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"If you cheat yourself in practice, you'll cheat yourself in a game; and if you cheat in a game, you'll cheat yourself for the rest of your life." - Vince Lombardi

"If you want to know the outcome of a game before the game has even started, you need to control each side." - David Icke



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