Top 818 Quotes & Sayings by Famous Basketball Players

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I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
You can't be afraid to fail. It's the only way you succeed - you're not gonna succeed all the time, and I know that.
The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do. — © Kobe Bryant
The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do.
All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.
I'm continuing to figure it out every single year: Life is a challenge, and the ones that succeed in life are the tough-minded ones that are not willing to accept failure.
This life is like a swimming pool. You dive into the water, but you can't see how deep it is.
You can't control injuries, but you can control how hard you work to come back.
Tomorrow's not promised so you've really got to take advantage of what you have in the present.
Dancing and goofing off kind of loosens me up a little bit, gets me ready.
We might all come from different places, but home means something - something powerful - to each of us.
If you don't look at my skin color and we just go play basketball, you're not going to say I'm a white kid that can just shoot.
You have to kind of embrace the duality of every moment.
The best part of being with the Warriors has been the team camaraderie, the team meals, the team pranks, the bond we share. — © Shaun Livingston
The best part of being with the Warriors has been the team camaraderie, the team meals, the team pranks, the bond we share.
I live a life that I never regret any decision.
A shooter takes shots, a shotter makes shots.
No one wants to be patient. No one wants to wait for anything. They want it right now - that instant gratification.
I play 'Gears of War,' 'Halo,' other stuff. But 'Halo' is my game, definitely.
Sport's about patience and keep working no matter the outcome.
I've battled mental health problems - first, anxiety, and later the depression that anxiety can trigger - on and off for about half my life. Which I don't think is breaking news to anyone: it's something I've been honest about, both privately and publicly, as much as I can.
Food accessibility is a health crisis that has always affected underserved communities.
I started playing tennis when I was five years old.
I know who I am and know what I'm capable of doing.
Growing up, my mom was my mother and father figure. She was my role model. I looked up to her. She was all we ever needed.
I'm a silent assassin - I can say that.
It's been a long journey. Continued to work through my rookie year. I was hurt a lot. Up and down.
Usually I try to represent my community and my culture the best that I can, but I go about every day just trying to represent my family. I'm just trying to make a difference out in the world. I don't even look at, necessarily, just the Latin community, I'm looking at everything in general.
I ran track, and my pet event was the 400 meters, and I wanted to be like Cathy Freeman.
It's not about how much weight you can lift in-season. It's about how fast you can move it, how strong you are, how you can maintain that strength so you can produce on the floor.
Everybody is responsible for their own actions. It's easy to point the finger at somebody else, but a real man, a real woman, a real person knows when it's time to take the blame and when to take responsibility for their own actions.
Y'all know how we have dogs and stuff right? So I think it was bigger people in the world before us, and the dinosaurs was they pets.
I loved my juniors growing up and how fun it was.
Vulnerability is tough, especially being a man.
You just have to stay the course, you can't get too high or too low on yourself. There is always going to be those highs and those lows, but you have to stay even keel yourself.
You may go through a lot of good times, you may go through a lot of bad times, you just have to try to prepare yourself as best as you can, and for me, that's just sticking with my family.
Things are not going to be easy, things are not going to be fair. Just do your best.
If you look at the big picture, you start losing your focus on the little things.
Patience may be the toughest thing when you're injured.
When it comes time for basketball, everything else is kind of irrelevant. — © Michael Carter-Williams
When it comes time for basketball, everything else is kind of irrelevant.
Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.
You can't judge a book by its cover until you open up and read it. There are going be a million stories out there, true or not true. I say get to know me first before you judge me.
I played with Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph. They were my high school teammates.
A bunch of fans have come up to me and they say, 'Why did we trade you? The Lakers front office did the biggest mistake.' Everyone's like, 'We miss you.'
I'm surrounded by nothing but great people. I've been blessed with that, so really, I've got no choice but to be an all-around good person.
You're sitting at home in a cast or a boot and it's tough, because all you've got is negative thoughts going through your head. Once you start to move and run a little bit, the confidence comes back, and then it's just a matter of time before you come back to be yourself.
Some games you going to play great. Some games you're not. So, it's all about moving on to the next game, next possession. Just come in there every day working, figuring out what you got to work on and see what you did wrong in either in the last game or the last season or whatever.
My biggest strength is my versatility.
I'm going to come in and learn and be the best player I can be on the court as well as off the court.
I just bring energy, try to put myself in a good mood, because you're not going to get through practice if you're drowsy, don't feel like doing nothing. Then it's going to be a long practice and coach is going to be all over you.
I've got a short memory span. — © O. J. Mayo
I've got a short memory span.
I want to relate with everybody. All I'll say is I'm home every summer, if we really want to play.
Knowing yourself, knowing where you want to get, combining those things gives you the pragmatic steps.
When you struggle, that's when you realize what you're made of, and that's when you realize what the people around you can do. You learn who you'd want to take with you to a war, and who you'd only want to take to lunch.
Guys telling you to shoot it when you're open - you have nothing else to think about, but if you're open or not. That's it. As soon as you catch it, you let it fly.
Riches are not from abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind.
My mission is to kill; whether it's the Heat, whether it's the Lakers. Hopefully both. That's my mission, and that's what I'm here to do.
I feel like I'm the best point guard in the league.
Great communication, Character, Competitive drive, Consistency, Compassion, Confidence -- skills successful leaders share.
I like when people have opinions - especially about art. You can hate my art. I made my art to be hated. That's why I made the name paintings.
You can't think about basketball or you ruin your game. It is an instinctive game.
When I dunk, I put something on it. I want the ball to hit the floor before I do.
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