Quotes of Basketball

“ That's the awesome part. Little girls now have a chance to look up and see women playing soccer, basketball, softball and now hockey - and know they can win a gold medal, too. ”

- Angela Ruggiero

“ They said playing basketball would kill me. Well, not playing basketball was killing me. ”

- Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson

“ If I weren't earning $3 million a year to dunk a basketball, most people on the street would run in the other direction if they saw me coming. ”

- Charles Barkley

“ If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life. ”

- Isiah Thomas

“ What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player. ”

- John Wooden

“ You don't play against opponents. You play against the game of basketball. ”

- Bobby Knight

“ Basketball is like war in that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while for the defense to catch up. ”

- Red Auerbach

“ I'm not a role model… Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids. ”

- Charles Barkley

“ It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course. ”

- Hank Aaron

“ You can't win if you don't play as a unit. ”

- Kareem Abdul Jabbar

“ For Louisville basketball, we don't like coming off a Final Four and having a season like this. ”

- Rick Pitino

“ Right now I like baseball, hockey and tennis players. And horseback riders. ”

- Martina Hingis

“ In the original script, my character was a basketball player rather than a boxer. I didn't think I could pull that off. I'm a little short to be a basketball player! ”

- Eddie Murphy

“ My father was a soccer player. All my friends played basketball though, so I stuck with basketball. ”

- Steve Nash

“ The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not. ”

- Charles Barkley

“ When I was a kid in the 60s, believe it or not, most of you are younger and don't know that, but it was a blast to fly! You dressed up, you got in your Sunday best, women wore white gloves, you had room to stretch your legs out, you had a very nice meal, the stewardess paid particular attention to you… ”

- John Travolta

“ I think this is all my life. Because if I was split gymnastics and something else like far, fun or to go with friends. No, this, you're supposed to one go, one straight road and to do every day. And touch the wall, of the goal. ”

- Olga Korbut

“ Basketball is like photography, if you don't focus, all you have is the negative. ”

- Dan Frisby

“ Basketball is the MTV of sports. ”

- Sara Levinson

“ Magic Johnson, former basketball player, may run for mayor of LA in the next election. Remember the good 'ol days when only qualified people ran for office like actors and professional wrestlers. ”

- Jay Leno

“ I haven't been able to slam-dunk the basketball for the past five years. Or, for the thirty-eight years before that, either. ”

- Dave Barry

“ It is most difficult, in my mind, to separate any success, whether it be in your profession, your family, or as in my case, in basketball, from religion. ”

- John Wooden

“ The thing I like about my body is that it's strong. I can move furniture around my apartment. I can ride my horse… I can play basketball. It's a well functioning machine. ”

- Cindy Crawford

“ I always dreamt of being a basketball player. A dream that only I believed in. ”

- David Duchovny

“ Baseball happens to be a game of cumulative tension but football, basketball and hockey are played with hand grenades and machine guns. ”

- John Leonard

“ My goals have gone from being an all-star to just being able to play basketball. I always took for granted that I could play. Now I know what a gift it is. ”

- Rebecca Lobo

“ I have a whole museum almost. Baseball and basketball take up the bulk of it, and there's some football and a little bit of hockey. ”

- Penny Marshall

“ Basketball, a game which won't be fit for people until they set the basket umbilicus-high and return the giraffes to the zoo. ”

- Ogden Nash

“ Boys are playing basketball around a telephone pole with a backboard bolted to it. ”

- John Updike

“ I was a skinny, scrawny guy. I stuttered horrendously, couldn't speak at all. I was a very shy, reserved player and a very shy, reserved person. I found a safe place in life in basketball. ”

- Bill Walton
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