Inspirational Basketball Quotes



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For over 100 years people all over the world have been participating in basketball. Enamored by the speed of the game and the ability for 5 people to function in a high pressure environment as team makes this sport a fan favorite.

Created by Dr. James Naismith in 1891. The game was originally played with 2 peach baskets affixed to opposite ends of a gymnasium. The baskets had the bottoms left in so play had to be stopped each score and the ball was poked out of the basket with a large dowel rod.

Later the bottom of the baskets were cut out so that play could continue after each score. In 1906 the game was upgraded with metal rims and backboards.



Basketball Positions


-From Wikipedia.org

Although the rules do not specify any positions whatsoever, they have evolved as part of basketball. During the first five decades of basketball's evolution, one guard, two forwards, and two centers or two guards, two forwards, and one center were used. Since the 1980s, more specific positions have evolved, namely:

1. point guard: usually the fastest player on the team, organizes the team's offense by controlling the ball and making sure that it gets to the right player at the right time.

2. shooting guard: creates a high volume of shots on offense; guards the opponent's best perimeter player on defense.

3. small forward: often primarily responsible for scoring points via cuts to the basket and dribble penetration; on defense seeks rebounds and steals, but sometimes plays more actively.

4. power forward: plays offensively often with their back to the basket; on defense, plays under the basket (in a zone defense) or against the opposing power forward (in man-to-man defense)

5. center: uses height and size to score (on offense), to protect the basket closely (on defense), or to rebound.

The above descriptions are flexible. On some occasions, teams will choose to use a three guard offense, replacing one of the forwards or the center with a third guard. The most commonly interchanged positions are point guard and shooting guard, especially if both players have good leadership and ball handling skills.


“Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” –John Wooden

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“Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” –Michael Jordan

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"One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team." -Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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“Stick with your man. Think of him as chewing gum. By the end of the game, I want you to know what flavor he is.” Coach Norman, Hoosiers

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"I wanted to do two things when I was growing up, about your age. I wanted to play in the NBA, and I wanted to be a businessman after my basketball career was over, and that is what I am doing now." - Magic Johnson

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“If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful!” –Charles Barkley

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"Talent wins games, but team work and intelligence wins championships." Michael Jordan

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“You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” –Michael Jordan

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

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“You can’t get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good.” –Jerry West

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“You always have to give 100%,because if you don’t someone, somewhere will give 100% and they will beat you when you meet.” -Ed Macauley

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“Me shooting 40% at the foul line is just God’s way to say nobody’s perfect.” -Shaquille O’Neal

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"A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That's how I want you to play." - Mike Krzyzewski

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