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The NBA world isn’t just about what you do on the court. We scoured the web for Lakers-related quotations to provide you with the 10 best quotes from the past seven days:

#10:

“In the paint, we’re awful and we’ve got to get tougher. We’ve got to get a little stronger there. If we want to be a good team and if we want to get better, then that’s definitely a point of emphasis.”

Mike D’Antoni, via the L.A. Times

#9:

“It wasn’t clear what the team needed last year … It needed, maybe, an exorcism.”

Mike D’Antoni, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin

#8:

“Now that we got our closer back, it should be easier. I was trying to step up and do that for Kobe, but we got the real version.”

Nick Young, via the Daily News’ Mark Medina

#7:

“That Achilles tendon injury forces you to play on the ground as well as in the air and that means becoming more fundamentally sound. And Kobe being a fundamentally sound guy anyway, it’s going to be easy for him to make the adjustment. The fundamentals will obviously be there for Kobe, but what about his explosiveness? The explosion will be there, especially if you really rehab it and strengthen it like you should.”

Dominique Wilkins, via ESPN First Take

#6:

“I’m not jumping through the gym by any means. But I don’t need to be able to do that in order to be a great player.”

Kobe Bryant, via the L.A. Times

#5:

“Sometimes I don’t believe I’m on the court with Kobe. He has the ball so much and he demands the ball so much as Kobe Bryant and sometimes you can catch yourself watching him on the floor. We just got to be out there and go with him. Sometimes we’ll bring it up and sometimes he’ll bring it up, we can’t just defer to him every time. It’s my first time out there with him so I deferred to him a lot. I looked for him a lot because he’s out there on the court and that’s what the fans wanted. The whole thing was about Kobe tonight so I got caught up in the moment.”

Nick Young, via ESPN

#4:

“I wasn’t 100 percent but I don’t like to make excuses. I’m just going to try to play through what I have going on. A guy like that (Amir Johnson) shouldn’t have that type of night against your team. We have to do a better job individually and collectively in order so anyone won’t have a game like that.”

Pau Gasol, following the Lakers loss to the Toronto Raptors, via the Daily News

#3:

“It was really weird. I think the last time I had eight months off I was still in the womb.”

Kobe Bryant, after returning to action against the Raptors, via USA Today

#2:

“I think calmer heads kind of prevailed and thought let’s not risk this kind of yo-yo season. Because that might be the case. I might not be able to play anymore. I might have to yo-yo it or I might be able to play the rest of the way. I think right now we want to see if I can play the rest of the way. (…) It’s been just an obviously pretty horrible 13 months for me. It’s really hard. It’s been a really hard 12 months, 13 months and it’s been in particularly even more hard the last six months, seven months since (the nerve issues) happened in April where I just could never quite get over the hump. It’s been . . . It’s a battle every day.”

Steve Nash, via ESPN

#1:

“As tough as ever to find that balance of where my mind needed to be. As soon as the injury happened, I had doubts whether this night would ever happen. And then, I kicked it into the full gear and fought myself to not think about the end result – just think about every single day of work it would take for me to get back again. I found out that I had another gear, a gear that I never knew was there. It’s one thing to push yourself when everyone expects you to be dominant, to perform at the highest level. I had a motivation to do that. But it was something else all together to find a motivation when there was no end goal in sight, when I literally couldn’t walk. I had to sit there and think about coming out and performing, months and months from now, but I didn’t really know when that time was going to be. And you keep going and you keep working and you find out, yes, I can get there… And I got there.”

Kobe Bryant, via Yahoo Sports

 

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No one knows when Kobe Bryant will return from his torn left Achilles tendon. No one knows how Kobe will play when he returns from his Achilles tendon except for Kobe himself…as well as an NBA Hall of Famer who went through almost the exact same process as Kobe.

Dominique Wilkins knows.

Wilkins, known as “The Human Highlight Film”, tore his Achilles tendon at the age of 32 while playing for the Atlanta Hawks. Skeptics didn’t think a player whose game was predicated on athleticism could come back from such a crippling injury and still be an effective player at the highest level. Wilkins came back the next year and had one of his best all-around seasons while proving all the doubters wrong.

So what exactly fueled Dominique Wilkins to come back even better?

While appearing as a guest on ESPN’s “First Take”, Wilkins shed some light on what motivated him throughout his rehab: “I was very determined. You had all the doubters saying, you know, ‘He’s done. It’s over with. He’s too old. And if he comes back, he won’t be the same’. And I remember saying, you know what, not only am I going to come back, but I’m going to be better than ever.”

Sound familiar?

Wilkins echoed the same sentiment that many NBA legends have stated before regarding Bryant, “Kobe, he’s got a competitive nature that you just don’t see anymore. So I think he’ll come back and he’ll do well”

Kobe will be entering his 18th season in the NBA. How in the world is he going to be better than he was before? According to Wilkins, Kobe is already ahead of the curve: “That Achilles tendon injury forces you to play on the ground as well as in the air and that means becoming more fundamentally sound. And Kobe being a fundamentally sound guy anyway, it’s going to be easy for him to make the adjustment.”

The fundamentals will obviously be there for Kobe, but what about his explosiveness? “The explosion will be there,” claimed Wilkins, “especially if you really rehab it and strengthen it like you should.”

 

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