Basketball quotes are terrific not only for players, athletes and coaches. “Don’t give up; don’t ever give up!” These words are probably some of the most powerful ever said or written. This motto was part of a legendary speech delivered by Jim Valvano, an American college basketball coach, for the cancer research foundation he initiated – just eight weeks before he died of cancer. With over a century of stories and legends, basketball has had its share of stimulating and motivating ambassadors. There are very many fascinating speeches and motivational words.

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Basketball is a limited contact sport played on a rectangular court. While most often played as a team sport with five players on each side, three-on-three, two-on-two, and one-on-one competitions are also common. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter and 10 feet (3.048 m) high that is mounted to a backboard at each end of the court. The game was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith.

A team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket being defended by the opposition team during regular play. A field goal scores three points for the shooting team if the player shoots from behind the three-point line, and two points if shot from in front of the line. A team can also score via free throws, which are worth one point, after the other team is assessed with certain fouls.

The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time (overtime) is mandated when the score is tied at the end of regulation. The ball can be advanced on the court by passing it to a teammate, or by bouncing it while walking or running (dribbling). It is a violation to lift, or drag, one’s pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands then resume dribbling.