Basketball How The Game Started

Famous quotes containing the words started, basketball and/or game:

    Helen: What do you do?
    Don: Yes, what do I do? I’m a writer. I’ve just started a novel. As a matter of fact, I’ve started several but I never seem to finish one.
    Helen: Well, in that case, why don’t you write short stories?
    Don: Oh, I have some of those. The first paragraph.
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906)

    Perhaps basketball and poetry have just a few things in common, but the most important is the possibility of transcendence. The opposite is labor. In writing, every writer knows when he or she is laboring to achieve an effect. You want to get from here to there, but find yourself willing it, forcing it. The equivalent in basketball is aiming your shot, a kind of strained and usually ineffective purposefulness. What you want is to be in some kind of flow, each next moment a discovery.
    Stephen Dunn (b. 1939)

    I have a notion that gamblers are as happy as most people, being always excited; women, wine, fame, the table, even ambition, sate now & then, but every turn of the card & cast of the dice keeps the gambler alive—besides one can game ten times longer than one can do any thing else.
    George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824)