Basketball is an inspirational sport that as physical just as much as it is technical and mental. Some fans and players are not only passionate about their favorite sport but whose lives and fate are bound to the sport. Attitude plays a significant role in determining the outcome of the game. Some people play to win; others play to avoid defeat, but the most important thing is that a player does what is required of him in the basketball court. Although many individually talented players have revolutionized the sport, team work is vital in achieving positive results.

Speaking of individual talent, one cannot think of basketball and forget Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan is one of the greatest pioneers of the sport, not only because of his unmatched talent but also because of his love for the game. Twice he retired from the game and twice he still found his way back to it. It was just too difficult for him to walk away from the sport he loves so dearly. He was a special player that many teams feared to play against.

Despite being clearly a talented player, he was a hard worker. He would study how his opponents played, and would find a way to beat them. He regularly improvised his game, and in no time, he had become a household name. He became an international star. His name was talked about even in remote villages of some of the world’s poorest countries. That just showed how far his fame went. Without his contribution to the sport, basketball may not be as popular as it is. Although he has since retired for quite some time now, his name is still on the lips of many people.

Despite the fame bestowed on him and newspapers writing about him all the time, Michael Jordan suffered and endured the pain of defeat like everyone else. There were times when he was expected to win the game for his team and failed. There were times when his performance did not meet or exceed expectations. He was human too and maybe he had his downfalls, but he always managed to pull himself together and face the next game with a different mind-set.

He is popular for taking a number of long range game-winning shots in the last few seconds of a match. It doesn’t mean that he had a guarantee that he would never miss, but he had faith in his abilities and trying. He was not afraid to take the risk. He was afraid of not trying. Sometimes, in basketball and in life, taking a shot or risking something is what matters. The rest will take care of itself.

Michael Jordan may not live until the end of time, but his contribution to the sport will live until the sky ceases to be blue. His legacy will not only be of winning or losing in some important matches but trying hard every time. Defeat doesn’t mean you have been stopped; it means your success has been delayed for a while, it is up to you to get up and reclaim your top position. Michael showed all that during his playing days. We can do that in our lives as well, and we will be successful.

Now I would like to share my collection of inspirational basketball quotes images for girls, boys and also for coaches.

Inspirational Basketball Quotes with Pictures

In this post, you will get the best, and famous inspirational basketball quotes pictures for boys or girls. I believe, These Basketball Motivation Pictures will help you to uplift your confidence before going for a big game.

Motivational Basketball Quotes for Boys

Here are some so inspiring motivational basketball quotes pictures for boys.

It is far better to shoot an airball than to not shoot at all for fear of missing.

— Tony Alfonso

inspirational basketball quotes by Tony Alfonso

Most players prepare for disaster. A good player prepares for success.

— Tony Alfonso

basketball quotes by Tony Alfonso

Practice to beat the best.

— Dick Bennett

quotes about basketball by Dick Bennett

Success is not an accident, success is actually a choice

– Stephen Curry

inspirational basketball quotes and sayings by Stephen Curry

The game of basketball is a game of accepting failure; of accepting imperfection; of realizing that the perfect game has never been played, never will be played, or ever could be played.

— Tony Alfonso

Inspirational Basketball Quotes Pictures by Tony Alfonso

Think of new ways to do old things. You must protect against boredom in a practice situation.

— George Raveling

basketball motivational quotes by George Raveling

When you miss a shot, never think of what you did wrong. Take the next shot thinking of what you must do right.

— Tony Alfonso

famous basketball quotes by Tony Alfonso

What to do with a mistake – recognize it, admit it, learn from it, forget it.

— Dean Smith

motivational basketball quotes by Dean Smith

We are not going to play them; they are going to play us.

— Hank Iba

good basketball quotes by Hank Iba

Basketball Team Quotes


Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court play with one heartbeat.

— Dean Smith

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Our goal is not to win. It’s to play together and play hard. Then, winning takes care of itself.

— Mike Krzyzewski

basketball player quotes by Mike Krzyzewski

All the successful teams I’ve ever seen have three characteristics: They play unselfish, they play together, and they play hard.

— Larry Brown

inspiring basketball quotes by Larry Brown

Blending the talents of your team members is crucial to basketball success.

— John Kundla

basketball team quotes by John Kundla

The best teams have chemistry. They communicate with each other and they sacrifice personal glory for a common goal.

— Dave DeBusschere

great basketball quotes by Dave DeBusschere

Some people believe you win with your five best players, but I found out that you win with the five who fit together best.

— Red Auerbach

basketball inspirational quotes by Red Auerbach

Teams that play together beat those with superior players who play more as individuals.

— Jack Ramsay

basketball quotes short by Jack Ramsay

Basketball Quotes For Coaches

Here are some Famous Basketball motivational picture quotes for coaches.

You must be sure that you give back something that’s beneficial to the game. Any of the teaching you do must be for the benefit of the men who play.

— Hank Iba

best basketball motivation pictures by Hank Iba

Players know how to dribble, shoot and pass. The challenge is to teach them why they should do it a certain way, and when they should do it.

— Marv Harshman

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Well-coached teams are never surprised; they can adapt to anything they see.

— Jack Ramsay

Basketball Quotes For Coaches by Jack Ramsay

The great players show how much they want to play during the offseason — when it’s hot, when it’s tough, and when no one is watching.

— Tony Alfonso

famous basketball quotes images by Tony Alfonso

You got to have the killer instinct. If you do not have it, forget about basketball and go into social psychology or something. If you sometimes wonder if you’ve got it, you ain’t got it. No pussycats, please.

— Bill Russell

motivational basketball quotes pic by Bill Russell

The coach should be the absolute boss, but he still should maintain an open mind.

– Red Auerbach

basketball motivation pic by Red Auerbach

If you don’t hold your team accountable then you will lose credibility and your team will be spoiled.

– John Brady

basketball quotes images for coaches by John Brady

Criticize on defense and encourage on offense.

– John Brady

short basketball quote by John Brady

It’s not the push from behind or the pull from in front – it’s the drive from inside.

Dale Brown

best basketball quote picture by Dale Brown

Don’t try to imitate other coaches. Be your own person with your own style and do your own thing.

– Hubie Brown


I always say to my guys, ‘The most important day of your life is today. This very minute is the most important of you life. You must win this minute. You must win this day. And tomorrow will take care of itself.

– Coach John Chaney

image quotes for coaches by John Chaney

I don’t try to get players emotionally up for a game; it creates too many peaks and valleys… I strive for even keel; they will get up for the big games.

– Denny Crum


All really successful coaches have a system.

– Jim Valvano

basketball coaching inspirational quotes by Jim Valvano

Basketball Quotes For Girls

Now I would like to share some inspirational basketball quotes for girls only.

Nervous means you want to play. Scared means you don’t want to play.

― Sherman Alexie

short basketball quotes by Sherman Alexie

I really don’t care about scoring as long as we win … That’s all that gets us going is winning. It doesn’t matter how many points you score. If you have a ‘W,’ you did your job.

– Diana Taurasu


I’m strong, I’m tough, I still wear my eyeliner

– Lisa Leslie

girls basketball quotes by Lisa Leslie

I’m a risk-taker. Without taking risks, you never know who you can be, what you can become.

-Sheryl Swoopes


Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.

– Candace Parker


She never seemed like she was in pain. That’s what great players do.

– Sue Bird


I can’t guarantee anything, but I can promise you this: I’m going to give everything that I have every single day.

– Sheryl Swoopes

 basketball quotes images for girl by Sheryl Swoopes

Basketball Quotes Stephen Curry

Here are some best Inspirational Basketball Quotes by Stephen Curry.

Be the best version of yourself in anything you do. You don’t have to live anybody else’s story.

Stephen Curry Basketball Quotes

Every time I rise up, I have confidence that I’m going to make it.


I’m not the guy who’s afraid of failure. I like to take risks, take the big shot and all that.


I’ve never been afraid of big moments. I get butterflies.. I get nervous and anxious, but I think those are all good signs that I’m ready for the moment.

basketball inspirational quotes images by Stephen Curry

Basketball Quotes Michael Jordan


To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate.

― Michael Jordan

 basketball quotes picture by Michael Jordan

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.

— Michael Jordan


I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.

-Michael Jordan

basketball quotes Michael Jordan

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.

-Michael Jordan


If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.

-Michael Jordan


I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.

-Michael Jordan


Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

-Michael Jordan


Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.

-Michael Jordan


Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.

-Michael Jordan


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.

-Michael Jordan


Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

— Michael Jordan

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