in 1891, James Naismith could never imagine the basketball sayings that
would arise out of the game he invented to keep testy young
occupied with physical
activity during the long New England winters.
The very first game of hoops, played in December of that year,
featured two wooden peach baskets placed at either end of a gymnasium,
roughly 10 feet above the floor. The ball itself was a soccer ball.
Mr. Naismith's goal was to have these cantankerous youths get
sufficient amounts of exercise while having as little bodily contact as
If he could only see them now!
The game has come a long
way since its debut in that fated gym in
Springfield, Massachusetts at the turn of the century. It is
now a global enterprise played across the width and breadth of the
earth. Still, it
is in the country where it was created that hoops has soared to it's
With success, a treasury of quotes and lore has come to surround
Our team of writers and sports lovers has assembled an introductory
sampling of some of their favorite quotes and put them together in one
very special collection.
We hope you enjoy. See you
They say that nobody is
perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they'd make
up their minds.
Basketball is like war in
that offensive weapons are developed first, and it always takes a while
for the defense to catch up.
Any American boy can be a
basketball star if he grows up, up, up.
I liked the choreography,
but I didn't care for the costumes.
Tommy Tune (on why he never considered playing basketball)
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.
I keep both
eyes on my man. The basket hasn’t moved on me yet.
Sometimes a player’s
greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.
You never make
any of the shots you never take. 87% of the ones you do take,
you’ll miss too. I make 110% of my shots.
Even when I'm
old and gray, I won't be able to play it, but I'll still love the game.
One man can be
a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
Mick Jagger is
in better shape than far too many NBA players. It's up in the air
whether the same can be said of Keith Richards.
I told him,
'Son, what is it with you?
Is it ignorance or apathy?' He said, 'Coach, I don't know and I don't
and mental toughness are
the margins of victory.
of basketball was not an
accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not
'Drop the Handkerchief'.
James Naismith (inventor of the game)
Good, better, best. Never let it
rest. Until your good is better
and your better is best.
If the NBA were on Channel 5 and
a bunch of frogs making love was
on Channel 4, I'd watch the frogs, even if they were coming in fuzzy.
Basketball is like photography,
if you don't focus, all you have
is the negative.
Not only is there more to life
than basketball, there's a lot more
to basketball than basketball.
Our offense is like the
Pythagorean Theorem: There is no answer!
Never lie. Don’t whine. Never
cheat. Don’t complain. Never steal.
Don’t make excuses.
Those who work the hardest are
the last to surrender.