What is your favorite motivational sports quote

The wisdom of the NBA stars

In my research on the “wisdom of the NBA stars” I found some interesting quotes about motivation, performance, team spirit and, for all romantics, even about the love of basketball.

But I would like to start my article with the extremely amusing quotes from the former center superstar Shaquille O'Neal, who will probably also carve a big grin on your face.


“I'm a 2000 Benz and it's a 1969. If he played today I would spank his ass. The cars from the sixties are too slow. They don't even have a sat nav. He would get lost on the way into the hall. "

The NBA heavyweight O'Neal once said this cheeky sentence to compare himself with the 25 years older NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Shaq Attack is convinced that he would not only get rid of the former Lakers star and this can be seen in the following two quotes:

“Nobody can stop me. Not even Goldberg or Undertaker. None of these wrestlers! I am a football player who plays basketball. I am an ice hockey player even though I can't skate. "

“I dominate every evening. I come and pick up my beating. I don't say anything if I have to take unsportsmanlike fouls again. I'm not from this planet, Earthlings don't disturb me. "

Even his obvious weakness in free-throwing did not interest the 4-time NBA champion very much during his NBA career: "40% of the free-throw line is just God's way of saying that nobody is perfect".

By the way, my personal favorite sentence from Shaq is this: “There are things that cannot be explained! Why is it raining? Why am i sexy I dont know!"


There are more serious quotes than that of "giant baby" to read about Michael Jordan, who uttered many interesting sentences on the subject of motivation during his active career. The most interesting one, which in my opinion perfectly reflects Jordan's mindset, is this: “In my career I have missed over 9000 throws. I lost almost 300 games. I was entrusted with the game-winning throw 26 times and I didn't hit it. I have failed over and over again in my life. That's why I'm successful. "

However, one characteristic of the superstar deserves special mention. It is the absolute will to always want to win: “I play to win, whether in training or in a competition. And I don't let anything get in the way between myself and my passion to measure myself in order to win ”.

On the subject of motivation, Celtics legend Larry Bird said, “Push yourself again and again. Don't give in an inch until the final buzzer sounds. "

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers says on the subject of motivation: "Anything negative - pressure, challenge - are opportunities for me to grow."

Perhaps currently the best basketball player in the world, LeBron James, turned Maverick's frustration into motivation after the 2011 final defeat against Nowitzkis Dallas and was rewarded with his first "ring" a year later: Maybe my pain was my motivation ".

Hard work

In order to play basketball successfully, one should definitely enjoy the game above all else. But it also involves hard work, and that's not always fun, as Jason Kidd finds: “A lot of late evenings in the gym, a lot of early mornings, and even when your friends go out, you go to the gym. These are the sacrifices you have to make if you want to be an NBA basketball player. "

Tim Duncan, the San Antonio Spurs veteran, has led his team to 4 championships through his ability to overcome limits. His motto is: “Good, better, best. Never let up until your good is better and your better is best. "

Larry Bird has his own theory about hard work: "My theory is that if you give 100% all the time, things will end up going somehow."


John Wooden, the most successful coach in NCAA history, once said (loosely translated) "It is not important how dominant you are, it is important how dominant you play!" ´s how big you play! ").

Bill Russell, who won the championship eight times in a row with the Boston Celtics between 1959 and 1966, once said: “The idea is not to block a throw. The idea is to make the opponent believe that you can block any throw. "

Ex-NBA pro Charles Barkley defines good performance as follows: "The only difference between a good throw and a bad throw is whether he goes in or not." Sir Charles is not entirely wrong, because whoever hits is known to be wrong Law! And whoever doesn't, is the donkey in the end, or something like that.

Team spirit

As is well known, basketball is a team sport and "a man can be a crucial part of a team, but a man cannot make a team," said the best scorer (38,387) in NBA history, Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Despite his personal successes, the former Lakers star has subordinated his success to the group: “Great players are willing to forego their own personal success for the goals of the group. Everyone improves as a result. "

Perhaps the best passer in NBA history, Ervin “Magic” Johnson once said, “Don't ask what your teammates can do for you. Ask your teammates what you can do for them. ”His teammates probably answered the former superstar:“ Play breathtaking magic passes, ”the Lakers star was known for.

For two-time NBA champion Kenny Smith, who celebrated his success with NBA greats like Hakeem “the dream” Olajuwon and Robert Horry, success comes naturally when you play with a star ensemble: “When you have a few all stars on the team you don't need any systems. "


For all romantics, I finally have 2 quotes on the subject of “love and basketball”.

The best player of all time, Michael "air" Jordan said of his passion for the game: "When I'm old and gray, I won't be able to play it anymore, but I will still have love for the game."

Isiah Thomas, who led the Detroit Pistons to two championships in 1989 and 1990, expresses his "infatuation" in a similar way: "My greatest gift in life is basketball."

Ramy Azrak