55 Motivational Basketball Quotes About Hard Work From Basketball Players

You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for basketball quotes about hard work. We’ve compiled some of the most inspirational quotes regarding hard work and its significance from illustrious basketball players, coaches, and female basketball players in this post.
These quotes serve as inspiration while also providing insight into the mindset that these athletes use to thrive in this fast-paced sport.


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  1. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. Kevin Durant, basketball player.

  2. I work hard, I believe in myself, I believe in the game, I respect the game, I love the game, and I knew at some point in my life that it will come around for me. Kevin Durant, basketball player.

  3. I had people push me to be great and be persistent and just be dominant and just keep coming and keep working hard. Giannis Antetokounmpo, basketball player.

  4. You have to work hard and you have to prove every aspect of your game. DeMarcus Cousins, basketball player.

  5. We are not the tallest team but we work hard. Andrew Wiggins, basketball player.

  6. Why you spray champagne on yourselves and teammates in the locker room after you win a championship, because you understand how hard it is to get this job done. Stephen Curry, basketball player.

  7. I fight adversity as hard as I can fight it, not get too low. When good things happen, I don’t really embrace it. I just say it’s a lucky day. Rick Pitino, basketball coach.

  8. When the struggles happen through hard work and discipline, you become a family. If everything’s given to you all the time, you don’t become a family. Rick Pitino, basketball coach.

  9. Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers. Magic Johnson, former basketball player.

  10. Everybody has talent, but ability takes hard work. Michael Jordan, former basketball player.

  11. Work hard and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do anything. James Harden, basketball player.

  12. Being in the Zone is about how much hard work you put in. Stephen Curry, basketball player.

  13. Hard work isn’t enough. You got to believe.  Derrick Rose, basketball player.

  14. I believe that good things come to those who work. Wilt Chamberlain, former basketball player.

  15. You got to work hard whatever you’re doing and try to be number one and take pride in what you’re doing. Moses Malone, former basketball player.

  16. No skills. No talent. Only self belief and hard work. Giannis Antetokounmpo, basketball player.

  17. Do your best when no one is looking. If you do that, then you can be successful at anything you put your mind to. Bob Cousy, basketball player.

  18. Every time you compete, try harder to improve on your last performance. Give nothing short of your very best effort. Elgin Baylor, former basketball player.

  19. Anything can happen with hard work and dedication. Jerry West, basketball player.

  20. Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses. Kobe Bryant, basketball player.

  21. If you love the game and you love playing, just have fun and enjoy it. Work hard and don’t get bogged down by it. Blake Griffin, basketball player.

  22. The only way to get better is to practice, practice, practice.Kobe Bryant, basketball player.

  23. I’m a big believer in working hard. I think that’s the only way you can achieve something in life.Dirk Nowitzki, former basketball player.

  24. I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.Michael Jordan, basketball player.

  25. Hard work pays off. Dreams do come true.Larry Bird, basketball player.

  26. The only way to be successful in life is to work hard, stay focused and remain dedicated to the task at hand.Shaquille O’Neal, basketball player.

  27. Success is not something that just happens. You have to make it happen.LeBron James, basketball player.

  28. Play hard, learn as much as I can and do what I do best. The rest will take care of itself I think. Carmelo Anthony, basketball player.

  29. My approach has been that a player with determination and a willingness to work harder than anyone else can accomplish anything. Steve Nash, basketball player.

  30. We make some mistakes now that we know we have to correct in order to win down the line, and all that is so important. It keeps you wanting to get better, it keeps you wanting to come to work every day and keep working hard to make that dream come true. Andrew Wiggins, basketball player.

  31. If you work for it, you’ll deserve what comes. Hard work. DeMar DeRozan, basketball player.

  32. You gotta have a great attitude; you gotta work hard in order to play in the NBA for a long time. Desmond Bane, basketball player.

  33. I understand what got me to this point in life—hard work and determination, and a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Karl-Anthony Towns, basketball player.

  34. Being hardworking never comes easy, but as long as you understand that, you’ll be successful. Donovan Mitchell, basketball player.

  35. A lot of times people see your job and what you’ve accomplished and it seems like you just woke up there one day. But my granddad taught me about hard work and about not taking shortcuts, and he taught me about discipline. Chris Paul, basketball player.

  36. I always believe nothing comes from luck and everything comes from hard work and dedication. Bogdan Bogdanović, basketball player.

  37. The moment you stop working hard and become satisfied with what you’ve accomplished is the moment you begin to fall behind. There is no guarantee you will ever catch up. Scottie Pippen, basketball player.

  38. I don’t have the physical talent those guys have. My hard work has made me very good. Reggie Miller, basketball player.

  39. They say no matter how hard you work, there’s always someone, somewhere working harder then [than] you. Guess what.. I’m that someone. Kevin Garnett, basketball player.

  40. I work on my game daily. Because I’m never satisfied, never going to be. Tracy McGrady, basketball player.

  41. Just work hard, and things come to life. I am a living truth of it. Gilbert Arenas, basketball player.

  42. 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.

  43. I know that good things will happen for me if I keep working hard. Michael Redd, basketball player.

  44. Hard work speaks for itself. Rajon Rondo, basketball player.

  45. I work hard. That’s what people should know about me. I work hard. I eat right. I’m in the gym. Metta World Peace, basketball player.

  46. My game is hard work and pride. On the all hard-work team, I’d pick myself five times. Moses Malone, basketball player.

  47. Without hard work, you don’t have a chance. Robert Parish, basketball player.

  48. I work hard and have a winning attitude. Michael Redd, basketball player.


Quotes About Hard Work From Female Basketball Players

  1. You can’t control injuries, but you can control how hard you work to come back. Brittney Griner, basketball player.

  2. I always believe someone somewhere is working harder than me and that motivates me to work harder, give 100%.  Sheryl Swoopes, basketball player.

  3. Everyone talks about age, but it’s not about age. It’s about work ethic. Winning never gets old. Lisa Leslie, basketball player.

  4. My dad taught me that you have to work hard for anything you want in life, and I wanted to be good at playing basketball. Seimone Augustus, basketball player.

  5. You don’t have to follow what most players do by going to the top school. You can do anything at any school you’re at, as long as you’re focused and you work hard. Elena Delle Donne, basketball player.

  6. I want to go as hard as I can, and if I look like a guy out there playing ball, well, hey, I feel sorry for the opponent. Brittney Griner, basketball player.

  7. Be positive and work hard. I think it’s possible to overcome anything, if you’re willing to work at it. Sheryl Swoopes, basketball player.



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