These funny basketball quotes are a quick, fun read for your hoops and humor fix. From Charles Barkley to Daryl Dawkins, we’ve got you covered.
And check out our basketball smack-talk suggestions at the bottom of the page — worthy of a chuckle or two. Enjoy!
Best Funny Basketball Quotes
1.) I haven’t been able to slam-dunk the basketball for the past five years. Or, for the thirty-eight years before that, either.
2.) When I dunk, I put something on it. I want the ball to hit the floor before I do.
3.) Winning is like deodorant – it comes up, and a lot of things don’t stink.
4.) There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet and put the darn ball in the basket.
5.) LeBron James still gets criticism. Jesus still gets criticized.
6.) 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
Humorous Charles Barkley Quotes
7.) All I know is, as long as I led the Southeastern Conference in scoring, my grades would be fine.
8.) You got to believe in yourself. Hell, I believe I’m the best-looking guy in the world, and I might be right.
9.) I always laugh when people ask me about rebounding techniques. I’ve got a technique. It’s called just go get the damn ball.
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10.) 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.
11.) Yeah, Ernie, it’s called defense, I mean, I wouldn’t know anything about it personally, but I’ve heard about it through the grapevine.
12.) You got to believe in yourself. Hell, I believe I’m the best-looking guy in the world, and I might be right.
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13.) Don’t call me son, unless you’re going to include me in your will. (When Adolph Rupp called him, “Son.”)
14.) Winning is overrated. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.
15.) A team should be an extension of a coach’s personality. My teams are arrogant and obnoxious.
16.) The only mystery in life is why kamikaze pilots wore helmets.
17.) Our guys took Shop and Advanced Shop. Shop is when you make a chair. Advanced Shop is when you paint it.
18.) I think everyone should go to college and get a degree and then spend six months as a bartender and six months as a cab driver. Then they would really be educated.
19.) If the waitress has dirty ankles, the chili is good.
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20.) When I went to Catholic high school in Philadelphia, we just had one coach for football and basketball. He took all of us who turned out and had us run through a forest. The ones who ran into the trees were on the football team.
21.) Fans never fall asleep at our games because they’re afraid they might get hit by a pass.
22.) I know the Virginia players are smart because you need 1500 SAT to get in. I have to drop bread crumbs to get our players to and from class.
23.) I hate it. It looks like a stickup at 7-Eleven. Five guys standing there with their hands in the air.
Norm Sloan, commenting on zone defense.
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24.) We’re shooting 100 percent – 60 percent from the field and 40 percent from the free-throw line.
25.) The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.
26.) 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.
27.) This year, we plan to run and shoot. Next season we hope to run and score.
28.) I liked the choreography, but I didn’t care for the costumes.
Tommy Tune, on why he doesn’t play basketball
29.) Any American boy can be a basketball star if he grows up, up, up.
30.) We are in the trophy generation. Give them a trophy for 23rd place. That makes the parents happy.
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31.) Basketball is like photography. If you don’t focus, you’ll only get negative.
32.) Our offense is like the Pythagorean Theorem. There is no answer.
33.) I’m not against taking shots, but I am against taking bad shots.
34.) A tough day at the office is even tougher when your office contains spectator seating.
35.) 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.
36.) Scoring 100 points is a lot, but I maybe could have scored 140 if they had played straight-up basketball.
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37.) We’re shooting 100 percent – 60 percent from the field and 40 percent from the free-throw line.
38.) 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.
39.) There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet and put the darn ball in the basket.
40.) If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.
41.) The other side of this is that a good man has been liberated.
Rick Carlisle, on the firing of coach David Blatt
42.) I really appreciate this award, but I don’t want to win it ever again.
Marcus Denmon, after receiving the Sixth Man Award for the Missouri Tigers.
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43.) In my prime, I could’ve handled Michael Jordan. Of course, he would have only been 12 years old.
44.) This is basketball, not figure skating. You don’t get extra points for the degree of difficulty.
45.) I want us to play mother-in-law defense: constant nagging and harassment.
46.) I haven’t been able to slam-dunk the basketball for the past five years. Or, for the thirty-eight years before that, either.
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47.) 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.
48.) They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.
49.) If you can walk with your head in the clouds and keep your feet on the ground, you can make it in the NBA.
50.) Me shooting 40 percent from the free-throw line is God’s way of saying that nobody is perfect.
Inspirational Basketball Quotes
Basketball doesn’t build character, it reveals it.
Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.
The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not
The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play ‘drop the handkerchief’.
Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.
There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don’t believe there is only one greatest player, either. Everything negative — pressure and challenges — are all an opportunity for me to rise.
Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God’s way to say nobody’s perfect.
There are only two options regarding commitment… you’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in-between.
Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you’ve got him.
As a professional athlete, a lot is going to be said about you – but I just try to move forward and try to achieve my goals.
Believe that the loose ball that you are chasing has your name written on it.
A lot of late nights in the gym, a lot of early mornings, especially when your friends are going out, you’re going to the gym, those are the sacrifices that you have to make if you want to be an NBA basketball player.
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.
Good Basketball Quotes
Defense is just hard work. There will be nights when your shots won’t fall, but you can play good defense every night.
He who controlleth the backboard, controlleth the game.
Offense sells tickets. Defense wins games. Rebounds win championships.
Winning is more related to good defense than good offense.
Dr. Jack Ramsay
Quotes by Bob Knight
In order to achieve positive results, one must work for them, not hope for them.
Basketball is a full-court game, so every drill must be done full court
Passing is your best weapon against man-to-man. Dribble penetration is your best weapon against zone.
The single most important aspect of coaching is running effective practices.
Create unselfishness as the most important team attribute.
Great players are willing to give up their own personal achievements for the achievement of the group. It enhances everybody.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.
Champions play as they practice. Create a consistency of excellence in all your habits.
The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.
You don’t play against opponents; you play against the game of basketball.
Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.
The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other, and they sacrifice personal glory for the common goal.
Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for them.
Winning is about having the whole team on the same page.
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
Play the right way means play unselfishly, respect each other’s achievements, play hard, and fulfill your role.
All the successful teams I’ve ever seen have three characteristics: they play unselfish, they play together, and they play hard.
Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.
I have had some bad shooting games, but that doesn’t stop me from getting the ball to my teammates.
Putting these funny basketball quotes to work
So, you have a few favorite funny basketball quotes in your library now. How can you use them? Well, try these options on for size:
A.) Use a funny basketball quotation to start basketball practice.
B.) Include a few favorites in emails to your basketball team.
C.) Try a good one for a sign or poster.
D.) Use them for captions on Instagram or Facebook.
E.) Text your friends.
What to yell at a basketball game: Smack talk
First of all, if you’re a parent, the overwhelming amount of research suggests that kids want a silent presence at games. Attend the game, and appreciate good play from all players, but don’t yell at the refs, the coach, or the players.
But, for other games, or if you’re just talking smack with adult friends during a pick-up game, try these on for size:
a.) I’ve seen more bricks here than at a construction site.
b.) Pack your suitcase because that’s traveling.
c.) There’s always a need for bricklayers.
d.) You must be from Sweden because you got no Finnish.
e.) Hit the showers; your game stinks.
f.) All day, baby!
g.) You reach; I teach.
h.) A million-dollar move with a $2 shot.
i.) Splash! — When you make a shot in front of a defender.
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j.) Heat check — If you’ve made at least two shots in a row.
k.) Call the cops ’cause you were robbed — When you steal the ball.
l.) That’s too much space — Yes, your defender will hate you.
m.) I hope you taped your ankles.
n.) The court is in session.
o.) Your loss is my game.
By Mike O’Halloran
Mike has coached basketball for some 15 years, written three books on basketball, and is the editor of Sports Feel Good Stories.
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