85 Inspiring Basketball Quotes About Confidence from Basketball Players and Coaches

Are you looking for inspiring, confidence boosting quotes about basketball from renowned athletes? Then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a collection of quotes from former and current basketball players, both male and female, in this post. These quotes emphasize the importance of confidence in the life of an athlete and, more broadly, in the life of anyone attempting to excel in their field of work. Basketball is a fast-paced game that requires not only skill but also a strong belief in one’s own ability to perform under pressure.

Also See: Encouraging Basketball Quotes About Passion

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Inspiring Basketball Quotes About Confidence

  1. Confidence for me, I think, it starts and ends with your work ethic. Being smaller than most growing up, and going up against taller defenders, you have to be able to think faster. Trae Young, basketball player.

  2. When you don’t think it’s going to happen for you or you might not make it in your career — might be basketball, might be anything — just believe on what you’re doing and keep working. Don’t let nobody tell you what you can be and what you cannot do. Giannis Antetokounmpo, basketball player.

  3. Determination Over Negativity is a belief that anything is possible no matter who you are or where you come from. Donovan Mitchell, basketball player.

  4. You just got to stick to your work, stick to your principles and what you know. Try to find a way to play the right type of basketball, that’s it. Russell Westbrook, basketball player.

  5. I have ultimate confidence in myself and my abilities. Jamal Murray, basketball player.

  6. Confidence comes from the work you put in when nobody is watching. Trae Young, basketball player.

  7. The best players I have seen and known have confidence in their teammates. They know that basketball’s not a one-man game. That confidence brings out the best in everybody, because it’s contagious. Jack Ramsay, basketball coach.

  8. “The confidence comes from preparation. When the game’s on the line, I’m not asking myself to do something I haven’t done thousands of times before.” – Kobe Bryant, former basketball player.

  9. If your back is against the wall and you believe in yourself and you think it’s possible, stick to it no matter what, no matter the noise, don’t let anybody ever tell you that you can’t. As cliché as it sounds, it’s a fact. Jordan Poole, basketball player.

  10. Sometimes you won’t score a bunch of points, but breathing confidence into the people around you is the biggest key, the biggest role. Ray Allen, former basketball player.

  11. No matter how many people tell you, you should maybe shoot more, you should maybe do this more, you should maybe be like him more, it let me know that the way I play basketball and the way I was taught to play basketball is the right way to play it, because you do see results. And then it just continues to boost your confidence. LeBron James, basketball player.

  12. You have the ultimate confidence that it’s going in… You put the time in and you deserve to make those shots. Damian Lillard, basketball player.

  13. You have to be fearless and can’t be afraid of missing the shot and that’s what it is. Damian Lillard, basketball player.

  14. It only takes one game to gain confidence. You get one game, you get that confidence, and in your head, it tells you that anything is possible. Zep Jasper, basketball player.

  15. Get excited about messing up because you know that you can learn from those mistakes quicker. It’s just all about being confident in yourself and knowing it’s gonna take some time for you to get where you wanna get to. Kevin Durant, basketball player.

  16. My style has changed and evolved mainly because I’ve grown to have more confidence in myself. Kevin Durant, basketball player.

  17. I had the talent and the skill set but the confidence to get over that hump was a process, and I had to rely on the community that was around me to get me through that. Stephen Curry, basketball player.

  18. Courage and confidence are what decision making is all about. Mike Krzyzewski, basketball coach.

  19. If you are confident you have done everything possible to prepare yourself, then there is nothing to fear. Michael Jordan, basketball player.

  20. Your teammates give you the confidence. They give me the confidence all year, all postseason. LeBron James, basketball player.

  21. You gotta have confidence in yourself first before anybody else will. Jayson Tatum, basketball player.

  22. Basketball is not played simply with X’s and O’s. It’s played with both trust and confidence. Isiah Thomas, basketball player.

  23. Don’t overthink it, really. I’ve put in so much work and blessed with this talent to shoot the ball. For years I’ve got to rely on that and not try to get in your feelings or feel like the world’s crashing down on you because you’re not making shots. Like wake up, eat breakfast, lift weights, go out, have practice, get your shots up. Just have confidence in yourself that you can figure it out. Stephen Curry, basketball player.

  24. In this day and age with young people, confidence is a big thing. I don’t ever want a player that I have to coach that has to spend time looking over at the bench at me after he’s taken a shot or made a mistake. Ernie Kent, basketball player.

  25. Our confidence. We realize we belong. We don’t pay attention to the outside noise. Jimmy Butler, basketball player.

  26. Shooting the correct shots, making extra pass, doing the things that we do, we have confidence in everybody, I have confidence in everybody to knock it down. Jalen Brunson, basketball player.

  27. With confidence, you feel like you can pretty much do anything on the floor. Bradley Beal, basketball player.

  28. I’m confident enough because I have worked on it that I am going to do the exact same things in the game. Jimmy Butler, basketball player.

  29. The only place I had confidence was in between the lines of a basketball court. Doris Burke, sports announcer.

  30. There’s a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I don’t cross that line, but I have a lot of confidence in myself. Paul Pierce, basketball player.

  31. When your teammates trust you to make the right play, your confidence is building as every game goes on. DeAndre Jordan, basketball player.

  32. After every good win, you build momentum and confidence. Evan Fournier, basketball player.

  33. Make or miss, you still have to shoot the same shot with confidence. Dwane Casey, basketball player.

  34. Any time you’re comfortable playing within a system you’re going to play more aggressive. You’re going to play with more confidence. Joe Harris, basketball player.

  35. As NBA players, so much of the game is mental, as far as confidence and playing against the best players in the world. Pat Connaughton, basketball player.

  36. You can visualize, and you can try to trick yourself into thinking a certain way. There’s all kinds of things you can do to try to get in the right spot mentally. But at the end of the day, to have real confidence, you’ve got to be doing good at your craft. Kyle Korver, basketball player.

  37. I can only generate so much confidence, but my team gives me the rest of it. Ernest Udeh Jr, basketball player.

  38. Playing in the playoffs is the best basketball in the world, and if you can learn under that pressure, succeed under that pressure, it gives you more confidence the next year. Tony Parker, basketball player.

  39. I have a lot of confidence in my game. I’m not the flashiest guy, not the most athletic. I’m just solid. Jrue Holiday, basketball player.

  40. The game has really grown my confidence. And when you grow in your confidence, you’re more comfortable being yourself. Hailey Van Lith, basketball player.

  41. Shooting is a skill you can develop. It’s repetition and confidence. Chris Mullin, basketball player.

  42. Timing is everything in this league, and I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. But I never lost my confidence. Kenny Smith, basketball player.

  43. It doesn’t leave me. My confidence in my game doesn’t leave me. But confidence in movement, I’m still working through all that. But I’m good. Michael Porter Jr, basketball player.

  44. Half the battle with shooting is confidence. Sahvir Wheeler, basketball player.

  45. Once you work and work out as hard as I do, you gain confidence and it translates to the game. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, basketball player.

  46. You have to know yourself so well and be able to put it on whatever display you want to put it on and be confident in that and be fine with it. Spencer Dinwiddie, basketball player.

  47. For a lot of guys in this league, it’s confidence – once they play a year or two, they start to figure it out. Greg Oden, basketball player.

  48. I think swagger’s a confidence. It’s a confidence of you knowing that you work hard for your success. A lot of times, you can’t develop swagger if you haven’t worked hard to succeed. Amar’e Stoudemire, basketball player.

  49. I ain’t going to lose confidence. Once you have it, you have it. Just because confidence comes from within you and you just have to continue to push yourself. Collin Sexton, basketball player.

  50. I always have confidence in myself even though everyone doubted me. Ivica Zubac, basketball player.

  51. Just believing in myself and everybody believes in each other and just having the confidence, to go out and shoot the ball and not have any kind of space. That’s what I’m doing. Luke Kennard, basketball player.

  52. You’ve got to trust your work and you have to go out here with all the confidence that you have, play the game, play it the right way, have fun and just compete and see where the chips fall. Reggie Jackson, basketball player.

  53. When you want to win, you can’t be worried too much about perception. I think people don’t really believe you can accomplish something until you actually do it. Rudy Gobert, basketball player.

  54. It only takes one team to believe in you, and you can go out there and shock the world. Tyty Washington Jr, basketball player.

  55. We’re together. We are a band of brothers. We really believe in each other. We believe when no one else does. So I just have confidence. Reggie Jackson, basketball player.

  56. I always just believe if you do the things the right way and you do right, it always comes back around. The cream always rises to the top. Bobby Portis, basketball player.

  57. It’s just a reassuring feeling, a confidence-builder I guess, knowing that you’re going into a situation wanted as an option, like you’re really wanted. JaVale McGee, basketball player.

  58. You want to remain hungry and stay in a good place as a competitor; at the same time, you want to be confident but not cocky. Lamar Odom, basketball player.


Female Players Basketball Quotes For Confidence

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Tamika Catchings Confidence Quotes

  1. Be confident in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. Sure, you’ll encounter challenges here and there, but use them as motivation to try even more. Find ways around and/or through your obstacles. Tamika Catchings, retired basketball player.

  2. Believe that your dreams will come to life. Tamika Catchings, retired basketball player.

  3. Basketball definitely gave me confidence, and it gave me a purpose.” – Tamika Catchings, retired basketball player.

  4. Having a hearing disability is really having a superpower because it forced me to be super, uber observer. And anticipate and you know, almost you see things happen before they happen. Tamika Catchings, retired basketball player.


Confidence Quotes For Female Basketball Players

  1. They push the game of basketball to new levels. Stephen Curry, basketball player.

  2. Why can’t we as NBA players have a stake or some sort of type equity in the WNBA team? Those are our sisters. Kyrie Irving, basketball player.

  3. They are awesome and I legitimately love watching those girls play and then when you java them all here at one time, you have to pick their brain. You have to because some of them would give a few of the guys some buckets – real talk. Kyrie Irving, basketball player.

  4. Seeing how Diana [Taurasi] just goes about her business and her weights and her routine is something that helped me pick up and develop my game and develop my off-court ability and skills at the same time. Devin Booker, basketball player.

  5. Remember your two H’s—that is, be humble but be hungry. Lisa Leslie, basketball player.

  6. In women’s basketball and really in anything, I feel like if you see it happening then you really can believe it can be done. That’s one of the reasons why I’m here. Lindsay Whalen, basketball player.

  7. The one thing you learn is when you can step out of your comfort zone and be uncomfortable, you see what you’re made of and who you are. Sue Bird, basketball player.

  8. It didn’t matter how good I was. It was always, ‘You’re a girl. You can’t play with the guys.’ It’s always been motivation for me. Sheryl Swoopes, basketball player.

  9. When you invest in women you’re investing in everyone and stating that sport has a place for all of us at the professional level. Sue Bird, basketball player.

  10. I encourage girls to play sports and play hard. Lisa Leslie, basketball player.

  11. Women play just as hard as guys do. We’re just as competitive. Sheryl Swoopes, basketball player.

  12. I never thought a basketball shoe would be named after a woman, let alone me. Sheryl Swoopes, female basketball player.

  13. They are more outspoken and blunt. These girls won’t take no for an answer. Sylvia Fowles, basketball player.

  14. It’s hard for girls to do big things if they don’t see women doing big things. Becky Hammon, basketball player.

  15. She believed that she could, so she did. Nneka Ogwumike, basketball player.

  16. There is no box that is big enough to contain the potential of these girls. Nneka Ogwumike, basketball player.

  17. We are women and we are passionate and we are playing hard. Liz Cambage, basketball player.

  18. There’s nothing masculine about being competitive. There’s nothing masculine about trying to be the best at everything you do, nor is there anything wrong with it. I don’t know why a female athlete has to defend her femininity just because she chooses to play sports. Rebecca Lobo, basketball player.

  19. WNBA players are the most fundamentally sound players in the world. I don’t want to get into a shooting contest with you unless I have to. Zach LaVine, basketball player.

  20. Having my daughters witness it, watch women play. To see them as an inspiration is a cool thing. I know they’re tired of seeing me play. DeMar DeRozan, basketball player.

  21. The game has really grown my confidence. And when you grow in your confidence, you’re more comfortable being yourself.” – Hailey Van Lith, basketball player.

  22. Participating in sports gave me a self-confidence that I was sometimes lacking.” – Chelsea Gray, basketball player.

  23. I think more people should watch women’s basketball. It’d do so much for the game.” – Kevin Durant, basketball player.



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Also See:

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