Michael Jordan and Magic and myself all learned how to play the game in college programs that emphasized the team.TeamKareem Abdul-Jabbar
I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream.Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
I think the worst thing you can do as a shooter is to hesitate. You must keep believing the next one's going in.Dirk Nowitzki
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 3
Most of basketball is in the mind. But it helps to have big hands.Scottie Pippen
As long as I play ball, I can get any woman I want.Dennis Rodman
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.CoronavirusAdam Silver (as NBA Commissioner), March 2020
I'm not a role model... Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids.Charles Barkley
Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.MotivationLarry Bird
Strong college basketball is great for the NBA.Adam Silver
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 Antetokounmpo
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.2019, Dallas MavericksDirk Nowitzki
I always wanted to be a basketball player. Nothing more, nothing less.Dirk Nowitzki
I love the gym; I love basketball. I'm really passionate about it.Kyrie Irving
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.Golf, HockeyTiger Woods
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 Leonard
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 Lin
Welcome to Rose University; class is in session!Chicago BullsChuck Swirsky (NBA Commentator), Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons, Okt 17 2013
The only difference between a good shot and a bad one is if it goes in or not.Charles Barkley
In this fall I'm gonna take my talents to south-beach and join the Miami Heat.Miami HeatLeBron James, July 2010
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.SportsCoach Carter, by Ken Carter
Welcome to your Kodak moment, Anderson Verejao!Reggie Miller, about being dunked on by Dwayne Wade
Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God's way to say nobody's perfect.Shaquille O'Neal
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.Failures, AmbitionMichael Jordan
Kobe Bryant, in my opinion, is the greatest player in the league since me.Michael Jordan
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 Jordan
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.2011Shaquille O'Neal, Announcing retirement
Even in the NBA Finals, J.J. Barea inspired all of us with those drives to the hoop.Barack Obama
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)
It's not how big you are it's how big you play.John Wooden (Most successful coach in NCAA history)