I'll play the game for free, but you get paid for the bullshit after you leave the floor.- Dennis Rodman in The Last Dance, Episode 3Basketball
When I was a little kid I used to play with guys twice my age, so, I was the last one picked, so if I picked I knew that I had to get the ball to the scorer if I wanted to stay on the court, so that was pretty much my job.- Jason KiddBasketball
We have temporarily suspended our season in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This hiatus will last at least 30 days and we intend to resume the season, if and when it becomes safe for all concerned.- Adam Silver (as NBA Commissioner), March 2020Basketball, Coronavirus
I'm not a role model... Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids.- Charles BarkleyBasketball
Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.- Larry BirdBasketball, Motivation
I want to become one of the best players, so if you want to be one the best, you have to elevate all aspects of your game.- Giannis AntetokounmpoBasketball
As you guys might expect, this is my final home game, I put you guys on a heck of a ride with a lot of ups and downs in my career and you always supported me and I appreciate it.- Dirk NowitzkiBasketball, 2019
I'm the answer, never question
Lace up, learn a lesson
Bitch, I'm saucin', I do this often, don't do no talkin'
My options right when I walk in, jump all them Jordans
Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.- Tiger WoodsBasketball, Golf, Hockey
I played basketball when I was little because it was fun for me. It still is now. I just love it. I have a passion for it.- Kawhi LeonardBasketball
I'm not playing for other people; if I start thinking in those terms I would put too much pressure on myself. I play basketball because that is what I love to do.- Jeremy LinBasketball
I want to be a representative and be a role model for the Asian American community.- Jeremy LinBasketball
Hey, ref, check your voicemail! I think you've missed a few calls!- Ted Mosby in How I Met Your Mother, Season 9 Episode 9Basketball, Sports
Welcome to Rose University; class is in session!- Chuck Swirsky (NBA Commentator), Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons, Okt 17 2013Basketball
The only difference between a good shot and a bad one is if it goes in or not.- Charles BarkleyBasketball
Maybe now you could say I didn't play a second, but in five years, you guys are going to forget. In ten years I'll still be a champion. In 20 years I'll tell my kids I probably started, and in 30 years I'll probably tell them I got the MVP. So I'm probably not too worried about it.- Brian ScalabrineBasketball
I owe all of this to the guys I've played with and all the coaches that have helped me get to where I'm at right now. I'm honored to be here.- Allen IversonBasketball
In this fall I'm gonna take my talents to south-beach and join the Miami Heat.- LeBron James, July 2010Basketball
And I was like, Momma, this air bubble right here, it’s gonna make me fly
I hit that court, and when I jumped, I jumped, I swear I got so high
I touched the net, Mom I touched the net, this is the best day of my life
You really need to consider the message you're sending this boys by ending the lockout. It's the same message that we as a culture send to our professional athletes; and that is that they are above the law. If these boys cannot honor the simple rules of a basketball contract, how long do you think it will be before they're out there breaking the law? I played ball here at Richmond High 30 years ago. It was the same thing then; some of my teammates went to prison, some of them even ended up dead. If you vote to end the lockout, you won't have to terminate me; I'll quit.- Coach Carter, by Ken CarterBasketball, Sports
You're only concerned if you know you don't have it. We have it.- LeBron James, Olympia 2012 - nach Vorrundenspiel gegen ArgentinienSelf-Confidence, Basketball
Welcome to your Kodak moment, Anderson Verejao!- Reggie Miller, about being dunked on by Dwayne WadeBasketball
Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God's way to say nobody's perfect.- Shaquille O'NealBasketball
When I'm old and grey, I won't be able to play it, but I'll still love the game.- Michael JordanAge, Basketball
People ask me if I could fly. I said: 'Yeah - for a little while.'- Michael JordanBasketball, Flying
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.- Michael JordanTalent, Basketball, Team
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 JordanFailures, Ambition, Basketball
Kobe Bryant, in my opinion, is the greatest player in the league since me.- Michael JordanBasketball
Ten time all-star, 2007 league-MVP, 2011 finals-MVP.
One day soon we'll have a statue outside the AAC.
Without question, the greatest player in Maverick's history: Dirk Nowitzki.
The game has changed my life because it's taught me how to set goals, strive to achieve those goals, and never get complacent with those goals.- Michael JordanBasketball
Ted: 'You name a chubby white kid LeBron and he's the one getting stuffed in the basketball hoop.'
Marshall: 'Then I'm also crossing off Shaquille, Hakeem and Dikembe.'
I'm gonna miss a lot about the game. I'm going to miss the competition, the friendship, the fans, joking with the media and I'm really going to miss the free-throws.- Shaquille O'Neal, Announcing retirementBasketball, 2011
Even in the NBA Finals, J.J. Barea inspired all of us with those drives to the hoop.- Barack ObamaBasketball
Nothing to celebrate yet. We have to go down there and treat the next one like game 7.- Dirk NowitzkiBasketball, 2011
We wanna play like there's no tomorrow. If we do that, I have no doubt in my mind, we can be successful.- Jason TerryBasketball, 2011
My job ist to come in, run the show, set the table and make sure that everyone eats.- Michael-Hakim Jordan (Aufbauspieler der Gießen 46ers)Work & Carreer, Basketball
It's not how big you are it's how big you play.- John Wooden (Most successful coach in NCAA history)Basketball