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145 Awesome Basketball Captions for Game Day

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It’s time to shoot some hoops! And when you get that perfect photo and want to share it but aren’t sure what to say, we have you covered with this list of the best basketball captions for Instagram. We have also included the best basketball quotes for Instagram for when someone else has said it best first.

Our Favorite Basketball Captions for Instagram

  • Don’t make excuses, make your free throws.
  • Nothing but the ball, till you fall.
  • Jumping high, feeling fly.
  • Play till the clock says 00:00.
  • Foul shots win ball games.
  • Defend, destroy, and dominate.
  • I swish you were here.
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  • Basketball is a beautiful game when the five players on the court, play with one heartbeat.
  • May all your swishes come true.
  • Basketball is my favorite season.
  • Some wish for it. We work for it.
  • Basketball is in my heart and soul.
  • Today’s forecast: 100% chance of winning.
  • Tricks, dribble, ankle-break, good smile – basketball is life.
  • Nothing but swish.
  • If we are not at home, check the basketball courts
  • Take it to the hoop.
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  • Life is always better when we play basketball
  • The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy.
  • Ball Don’t Lie.
  • Let’s bounce.
  • Nothing but net.
  • All out, all game, all season.
  • Live. Love. Hoops.
  • Keep calm and play on.
  • I hoop, so please watch your ankles.

If you like these, you might also want to check out our other lists of Sports Captions, Soccer Captions, Football Captions, Volleyball Captions and Baseball Captions.

Funny Basketball Captions

  • The courts called, they want me back in the game!
  • If you think I am crazy now, wait until basketball season
  • Your loss is my game.
  • There are really only two plays: Romeo and Juliet, and put the darn ball in the basket.
  • It’s okay if you don’t like basketball, it’s kind of smart people sports anyway.
  • I was too cute to be a cheerleader, so I play basketball
  • Basketball is my favorite season.
  • Keep calm and keep ballin’.
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  • Life is like basketball, sometimes the ball is in your court, and sometimes it’s not.
  • I’m playing until the soles wear off my basketball shoes.
  • I know I play like a girl… try to keep up.
  • Your Mom called and said you left your game at home.
  • I used to be addicted to basketball, but I rebounded.
  • Don’t mind me, my head is lost in the game!
  • Sorry, you have to guard me; I hope you taped your ankles.
  • They always asked me if I play basketball because I was tall. They stopped asking me that when I asked them if they play mini-golf
  • Eat, Sleep, Play Basketball, Repeat
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  • I don’t wear a crown, I wear a head band.
  • My game is sick. Too bad it ain’t contagious.
  • Where is a basketball player’s favorite place to eat? Dunkin’ Donuts.
  • Basketball, a game that won’t be fit for people until they set the basket umbilicus-high and return the giraffes to the zoo.
  • Basketball is a game with a lot of ups and downs! Up and down the court, that is!
  • Once you are in the game, you forget about everything.
  • Let’s dance.
  • Life is basketball, or basketball is life- we may never know!
  • It’s not about how tall you are but about how high you can jump.
  • Keep calm and shoot on.
  • You wish you could shoot like a girl.
  • I’m playing until the soles wear off my basketball shoes.
  • Can’t keep calm, it’s the final four.
  • Take the shot.
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  • Go hard or go home.
  • Game on!
  • Dribble, Shoot, Rebound, Score
  • Basketball Nation.
  • Playing basketball is a lot like daily life. You play defense, offense, and you sometimes throw a foul.
  • Offense sells tickets, defense wins games.
  • All In!
  • Basketball Kinda Day.
  • stressed, blessed, basketball, obsessed.
  • Get your swish on.
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  • I dream of cutting a net.
  • Watch me as I fly!
  • Dreams don’t work unless you do.
  • 99% basketball. 1% everything else.
  • Respect all, fear none.
  • Basketball is my lucky word.
  • When in doubt, pass it, back out.

Motivational Captions for Game Day

  • The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not.
  • You can’t win until you learn how to lose.
  • You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
  • You play the way you practice.
  • Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.
  • Your limits are somewhere up there, waiting for you to reach beyond infinity.
  • Nothing is given. Everything is earned.
  • Stand tall, talk small, play ball
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  • Stay humble, let your feet do the talking
  • I’ll quit competing when my heart stops beating.
  • Teamwork makes the dream work.
  • It is far better to shoot an airball than to not shoot at all for fear of missing
  • Aim higher, dream bigger.
  • Be so good they can’t ignore you.
  • Defend and Dominate!
  • It takes a player to shoot a shot. But it takes a team to win a game.
  • Defend until the end.
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  • Put down your phone and pick up your basketball
  • Altitude is attitude.
  • Basketball doesn’t build character. It reveals it.
  • Winners don’t wait for chances, they take them
  • Actions speak louder than your coaches.
  • All out, all game, all season.
  • Good basketball always starts with good defense
  • Run as One!
  • Winners don’t wait for chances, they take them.
  • If you ain’t hurting, you ain’t playing hard enough.
  • You are your only competition.

Short Basketball Quotes for Instagram

“Shooting percentage is just as much about decision making as it is about technique”– Jeff Van Gundy

“All’s fair in love and basketball.” – Love & Basketball

“I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.“- Michael Jordan

“Teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one” – Mike Krzyzewski

“Everything negative — pressure, challenges — are all an opportunity for me to rise.“ – Kobe Bryant

“If nobody will help you, do it alone.” – Michael Jordan

“If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful!“ – Charles Barkley

“Sometimes a player’s greatest challenge is coming to grips with his role on the team.” ― Scottie Pippen

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“If you’re not talking, you’re not playing defense” – Doc Rivers

“Everything negative – pressure, challenges – is all an opportunity for me to rise.” – Kobe Bryant

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.“ – Tim Duncan

“I have a plan of action, but the game is a game of adjustments” – Mike Krzyzewski

“If you’re going to have to beg them to play, it’s not going to work.” – Chuck Daly

“People ask me if I could fly, I said, ‘yeah… for a little while.’” – Michael Jordan

“Push yourself again and again. Don’t give an inch until the final buzzer sounds.” – Larry Bird

“Always turn a negative situation into a positive situation.” – Michael Jordan

“Sometimes the coaches tell me to be selfish, but my game won’t let me be selfish.” – LeBron James

“I think, team first. It allows me to succeed, it allows my team to succeed.“ – Lebron James

“Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise” – Michael Jordan

“When I dunk, I put something on it. I want the ball to hit the floor before I do.” – Darryl Dawkins

“Remember that basketball is a game of habits. If you make the other guy deviate from his habits, you’ve got him” – Bill Russell

“The key is not the ‘will to win’… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important” – Bob Knight

“What you are as a person is far more important that what you are as a basketball player” – John Wooden

“I don’t know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody – somewhere – was practicing more than me” – Larry Bird

“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.” – Isiah Thomas

“When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort–it is ready to climb“- Pat Riley

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.“- Michael Jordan

“All the successful teams I’ve ever seen have three characteristics: They play unselfish, they play together, and they play hard.“ – Larry Brown

Ball with inspirational basketball Instagram quotes by Brown

“Everyone is born with a certain potential. You may never achieve your full potential, but how close you come depends on how much you want to pay the price.“ – Red Auerbach

“Winning teams at the NBA level, the college level, and the high school level all play team basketball. Championship teams have five players on the same page at all times.“ – Hubie Brown

“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates.“ – Magic Johnson

“I’ve got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.“ -Larry Bird

“We believe in people executing their role and caring about the team more than anything individually” – Gregg Popovich

“A key basketball skill is imagery. The best players “see” situations before they happen so they can be prepared” – Dr. Jack Ramsay

“You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.” — Bobby Knight

“My goal is to win the next game one possession at a time. That’s it. I don’t have any other goals” – Brad Stevens

“There is a direct correlation between the number of ball reversals and defensive breakdowns” – Kevin Eastman

“If it turns out that my best wasn’t good enough, at least I wont look back and say that I was afraid to try” – Michael Jordan

“Some say you have to use your five best players, but I found out you win with the five that fit together best as a team.” – Red Auerbach

“When I walked into the gym, I fell in love with the game. I didn’t fall in love with it just because it was me playing. I fell in love with it because I’ve got guys like this – like these guys every single day that push me to be the best that I can be.” – Kevin Durant

“I can’t relate to lazy people. We don’t speak the same language. I don’t understand you. I don’t want to understand you.” – Kobe Bryant

“There is a lot of pressure put on me, but I don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. I feel if I play my game, it will take care of itself.” – Lebron James

So that is our list of quotes and captions. We hope you found the perfect one for you.

Now get out there and shoot some hoops!

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About the Author

Laynni Locke

I am Laynni Locke, a Canadian writer, reader and traveller with a passion for sharing life’s moments on social media. Keeping friends and family in the loop of our lives though photos and videos has become an essential activity for most.

And it doesn’t matter if you are travelling, celebrating a special occasion or just appreciating day-to-day life, when you take that perfect photo you are going to need the perfect caption or quote before you share it. Which is why we started Routinely Shares, providing comprehensive lists of quotes and captions to cover every occasion, adventure or loved one.

With extensive experience as a travel writer, social media specialist and grant writer, I have made it my mission to curate the best and easiest to use lists for your next post.

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