Motivational Basketball Quotes – Myths – Facts

Basketball Quotes can be motivational, inspiring, and are essential for coaching. Many basketball quotes have a place in history. We will cover just a few of the many on this page. Let’s get started!

Basketball Quotes

Myth Regarding Basketball: 

“The ref lost the game for us”

A common saying – especially after losing a game. Not only is this statement “not true” it is detrimental to the team. Coaches should evaluate their game plan and other decisions made during the game – then check the player’s stats (shooting %’s, free throws missed, turn-overs, etc). Now, was it really the ref who lost you the game? Is it really worth teaching your players to blame the referees for the loss? Think about it!


Shop at


Motivational Quote:

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

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand! “Vince Lombardi”

When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort–it is ready to climb. Pat Riley

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

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

Other people go to an office. I get to coach. I know I’ve been blessed. Jim Valvano

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. Larry Bird

I’ve always considered myself a crunch-time player. I just love having the ball in my hands. Everyone in the arena knows the ball is supposed to be in your hands and you still make it. It’s the odds. I love the odds. Reggie Miller

“I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot .. and missed. I have lost almost 300 games. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why… I succeed.” Michael Jordan

More Bball Quotes by Michael Jordan – Click Here!


Check out our New Downloads Now!


History Tid-Bits:

One of the “Original” Rules of Basketball…

 When the ball goes out of bounds, it shall be thrown into the field of play by the person touching it. He has a right to hold it unmolested for five seconds. In case of a dispute the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The thrower-in is allowed five seconds; if he holds it longer it shall go to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game the umpire shall call a foul on that side.

Motivational Basketball Quotes - Myths - Facts


 Basketball Quotes:

“Hard Work” beats “Talent” when “Talent” doesn’t “Work Hard”

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”

 “Greatness lies in the ability to overcome.”

  “Winners Never Quit” and “Quitters Never Win”



A player cannot dribble the ball above their head, this is considered a dribbling violation?

 This is incorrect: This is not a violation as long as the players hand stays on top of the ball.


Myth / Reaching in Foul:

 There is not a foul called “reaching in” found in the basketball rulebook. The act of simply “reaching in” is allowed unless contact is made. The referee can call a pushing or holding foul, but there is no “reaching in” violation listed in the basketball rules book.

Motivational Basketball Quotes - Myths - Facts


Coaches Tid-Bit:

 During practices, make your players dribble a basketball anytime they have to run (during suicides, laps, etc). Why not? It can only help the younger players with their ball handling skills! Keep a basketball in your players hands anytime it’s possible.


Myth: The referee cannot make a coach sit down, it’s not a ref’s option.

False: A referee can certainly make a coach sit down (especially after the coach has been tagged with a technical foul). Once the ref informs a coach to sit, and the coach happens to forget and stands back up, another technical foul can be called by the referee. Although Referee’s seldom call this, it is also a violation for more than one coach to be standing up at the same time.


Myth: Most youth basketball players want to be on a “winning” team and sit the bench rather than “lose” and play more! –

False: Over 70% of youth say they rather play more and be on a losing team than sit the bench on a winning team.


Check out our database of video clips – Example 1-4 Motion Offense 

Motivational Basketball Quotes - Myths - Facts

Basketball Quotes

Please Login to post a comment