30 Basketball Team Quotes: Unleash the Power of Teamwork

The power of teamwork.

This collection of basketball team quotes from some of the greatest coaches and leaders of all time captures the essence of what it means to be a team.

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Being a huge college hoops fan, one of my favorite times of year is March Madness. The season-ending NCAA championship tournament when, invariably, a "Cinderella" team rises out of obscurity to knock off a top-seed.

It's clear from the team's roster and their season stats they shouldn't win. They're not as big, fast, strong, or talented as their opponent. Yet, somehow they manage to pull off the upset.

How do they do it? Teamwork.

Discover the secret within the motivational quotes below and unleash the power on your team!

Basketball Team Quotes
The secret of teamwork revealed 

"If everyone on the team was doing the same thing I am doing, would our team be getting better or worse?" - Unknown

"A team plays like it practices. Give everything you've got in practice sessions. This makes going all out in the ball game easy. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity." - Unknown

"If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team." – Bud Wilkinson

"One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team." – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. - African proverb

"With an enthusiastic team you can achieve almost anything." - Unknown

"When your great players are team players, everybody else follows their lead." John Maxwell

"The best team doesn't always win – it's usually the team that gets along best." – John C. Maxwell

"People who exercise self-discipline have an effect on everyone around them. They are tremendously influential in motivating their co-workers and colleagues." – Pat Summitt

"The test of a leader is taking the vision from me to we." – John C. Maxwell

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"No one of us is more important than the rest of us." – Ray Croc

"The greatest destroyer of a championship team is a weak person who should not be on that team." – John C. Maxwell

"Surround yourself with people who are better than you." – Pat Summitt

"It is amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit." – John Wooden

"The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team." - John Wooden

"The best way to improve the team is to improve yourself." - John Wooden

"Be more concerned with what you can do for others than what others can do for you. You'll be surprised at the results." - John Wooden

"One lazy team member can sap the entire team of their motivation and faith." – Pat Summitt

"Individual success is a myth. No one succeeds all by herself." – Pat Summitt

"Ability is important – dependability is critical." - Unknown

"Ask yourself, 'What can I do?' not 'What can I get?'" – Unknown

"If you don't make a total commitment to whatever you're doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. It's tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts putting his life jacket on." – Lou Holtz

"If you want to develop loyalty, the first thing you have to do is demonstrate it." – Pat Summitt

"Don't find fault, find a remedy." – Henry Ford

"There is no 'I' in team." – Unknown

"The most important word: 'We.' The least important word: 'I'." – Unknown

"People will perform so much better if they understand their specific role and what is expected of them. It's like the potluck dinner: it doesn't work if it's disorganized and unclear. If people don't know what they're supposed to bring, you don't get a good dinner. Some people bring too much, others bring nothing at all." – Pat Summitt

"Laugh with each other, not at each other." - Unknown

"Be prepared, physically and mentally. There is no substitute for physical fitness and desire. A great team has both. Be prepared for rugged physical combat as well as exhausting mental strain." - Unknown

"A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skill of others." - Unknown 

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