Our basketball quotes for girls include insights from famous players and coaches from colleges and the pro ranks.
Best Basketball Quotes for Girls
1.) It’s harder to stay on top than it is to climb. Continue to seek new goals.
2.) Coming in every day and walking the walk. That is what you want to do as a leader.
3.) I think it’s great that young girls have the WNBA to look up to now.
4.) Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.
5.) It’s not all about shooting. That’s such a small part of my game, but that’s what people focus on the most. I just try to do the little things.
6.) I don’t hire good coaches; I hire good people. If they turn out to be good coaches, too, that’s a plus.
7.) It’s not how big you are. It’s how big you play.
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8.) Here’s how I’m going to beat you. I’m going to outwork you. That’s it. That’s all there is to it.
9.) When I was a young, playing basketball, WNBA was a dream.
10.) Empower the people around you, from the janitor to the athletic director. You do that by being sincere, caring about others, and then putting it into practice.
11.) Don’t make excuses. Make your free throws.
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12.) Coaches shouldn’t have to push you to work hard; you should push yourself to work hard because you want to be a great player.
13.) Discover your gift, develop your gift, and then give it away every day.
14.) Love is the force that ignites the spirit and binds teams together.
15.) People who create 20 percent of the results will begin believing they deserve 80 percent of the rewards.
16.) There can only be one state of mind as you approach any profound test; total concentration, a spirit of togetherness, and strength.
17.) Everybody’s talking trash these days, so why not keep quiet?
18.) I urge all of you, all of you, to enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get your emotions going.
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19.) With the absence of pressure, it’s hard to do great things.
20.) Simplify the game as much as possible. When you add, you must subtract.
21.) Attitude is a choice. What you think you can do, whether positive or negative, confident or scared, will most likely happen.
22.) They don’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care.
23.) Whether it’s college or the NBA, it’s basketball, and the more you play, the less you need to adjust.
24.) You don’t have to be Magic to be special. You’re already special; you’re you.
25.) Everyone talks about age, but it’s not about age. It’s about work ethic. Winning never gets old.
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26.) It’s about doing it in a way that it can’t be done any better. That is the goal every day.
27.) Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
28.) Freshmen want to play. Sophomores want to start. Juniors want to score. Seniors want to win.
29.) When you work on getting better at something, don’t do it half speed.
30.) Character is huge for me. Does he care about winning, or does he care about playing?
31.) Evaluate wins and losses objectively, focusing more on effort and execution than on the outcome of the game.
32.) Teams that play together beat those with superior players who play more as individuals.
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33.) Help one kid at a time. He’ll maybe go back and help a few more.
34.) Bottom line, you’re either a risk-taker, or you’re not, and if you don’t take risks, you’ll never win big.
35.) Shout praise and whisper criticism.
36.) Don’t act like you’re too good to use other ideas.
37.) Here’s how I’m going to beat you. I’m going to outwork you. That’s it. That’s all there is to it.
38.) I learn more from the WNBA. They know how to dribble, how to pivot, how to use the shot fake.
39.) To be successful, you have to expose yourself to different situations – different styles of play, different teammates, and different coaching.
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40.) Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.
41.) Every day that you wake up, you have one job and that is getting better.
42.) The more your players have to think on the basketball court, the slower their feet get.
43.) Morale and attitude are the fundamentals of success.
44.) Winning is like deodorant – it comes up, and a lot of things don’t stink.
45.) My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.
46.) I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.
47.) They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me,
48.) If you look up the definition of greatness in a dictionary, it will say Michael Jordan.
49.) Basketball is basketball.
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50.) Young people need models – Not critics.
51.) The only important statistic is the final score.
52.) I want to do for rebounds what Michael Jordan did for dunks.
53.) When I was losing, they called me nuts. When I was winning, they called me eccentric.
54.) Winning is the first priority. Individual development is important, but if each guy gets better, the team gets better
55.) One of the hardest things a player must learn to do is when to start a dribble and when to stop a dribble.
56.) Praise your kids. Inspire and motivate your players with praise. Ten years from now, it won’t matter what your record was. Will your kids love you or hate you?
57.) If a team cannot perform with excellence at a moment’s notice, it will probably fail in the long run.
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58.) Other people go to the office, and I get to coach. I know I’ve been blessed.
59.) I continually stress to all my players that all I expect from them at practice and in games is their maximum effort.
60.) He who controlleth the backboard controlleth the game.
61.) We want men here, not just players. Players are a dime a dozen.
62.) You’ve got to get toughness and a level of basketball IQ that matchup because that’s what the best teams have.
63.) For me, being tall was very positive because I thought my mom was the most beautiful person ever.
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64.) Not talking on the floor is the least recognized form of selfishness but maybe the most dangerous to your team having success.
65.) Bottom line – if you want success of any kind, you have to be comfortable being uncomfortable.
66.) Champions play as they practice. Create a consistency of excellence in all your habits.
67.) In practice, don’t just run basketball drills; teach the players how to play basketball.
68.) Basketball, in America, is like a culture.
69.) I don’t need too much. Glamour and all that stuff don’t excite me. I am just glad to have a game of basketball in my life.
70.) It’s not to hurt anyone, but basketball can be rough.
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71.) My goal is to win the next game one possession at a time. That’s it. I don’t have any other goals.
72.) My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person; he believed in me.
73.) A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
74.) I gave everything I had to basketball. The passion is still there, but the desire to play is not. It was a great ride.
75.) Good players want to be coached – Great players want to be told the truth.
76.) To inspire the players, I adapted a quote from Walt Whitman and taped it on their lockers before the first game of the playoffs against the Miami Heat. Henceforth we seek not good fortune; we are ourselves good fortune.
77.) My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.
78.) I’ve never lost a game; I just ran out of time.
79.) If every basketball player worked as hard as I did, I’d be out of a job.
80.) Everything is habit-forming, so make sure what you do is what you want to be doing.”
81.) If a farmer and his family can get up at 5:30 every morning to milk cows, surely we can get up at that time to practice basketball.
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82.) I made a ridiculous statement when I first went to North Carolina State. I said, I know basketball down there was like life or death. It was very wrong. It’s more important.
83.) Be a dreamer. If you don’t know how to dream, you’re dead.
84.) No matter what business you’re in, you can’t run in place, or you’re going to be passed up by someone.
Basketball Quotes on Performance
85.) You can’t concentrate on the misses. If you get good shots, you’ve got to take them. If you don’t, you hurt the team.
86.) It’s strange not to be a part of an (NBA) organization or part of a team. I’m not joking with anybody on the bus like I usually do. But waking up with my back, knees, and ankles hurting – that’s not stuff I’m going to miss much.
87.) We have unfinished business.
Putting Basketball Quotes To Use
Ok, you’ve found some quotes that you really like; how do you use them? Well, here are some ideas:
A.) Include them as boilerplate text on each of your emails to your basketball team or hoops friends.
B.) Make a poster or sign with your favorite quote.
C.) Include them in a basketball team program.
D.) If you’re coaching, repeat a favorite quotation and ask players what it means to them at practice.
E.) Caption a team photo for Instagram or Facebook with one of the sayings.
By Tom McGowan
Tom is a sportswriter living in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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