While basketball might not have the quote machines that baseball did in Casey Stengel or Yogi Berra, over the years there have been some pretty inspirational (and funny) men to don an NBA uniform.
While players such as Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Michael Jordan all make the list with their interesting quotations, top talent is not necessarily important in order for a player to be able to make a profound quote. Nobody's like Dave Barry and Charles Shackleford make the list despite doing little to distinguish themselves in the basketball world.
A common theme in these quotations is teamwork and effort. The best of the best say over and over again that the best teams work together like a well-oiled machine and try harder than anyone else. These players echo those exact sentiments over and over, proving the true measure of talent is not in the gym, but on the biggest stage, where extra effort distinguishes those who truly care about winning.