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Photo by: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

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:

“At times we all feel like we have to do it ourselves. It’s a lot of one-on-one’s. If somebody does a one-on-one, someone else feels like next time, it’s my turn. We have to learn how to share the ball and keep the ball moving.”

Nick Young, via the Daily News

#9:

“I didn’t know if I was ever going to play again this season. I just have to do whatever I do, whether it’s five minutes or 25 minutes. I don’t expect anything out of this. I’ll just play hard and do my job.”

Chris Kaman, via the Daily News

#8:

“He was fighting through and getting through the process of getting back on the floor after tearing his Achilles, and now you get this fracture. It’s very hard for me as a teammate, as his friend, to understand that that happened to him. But what can you do? He’s tough enough. He’ll get through it and be back and ready to play.”

Pau Gasol on Kobe Bryant’s knee injury, via ESPN

#7:

“I don’t want to be too simple, but you got to win games. We just got to play. We got to get our point guards back, get Kobe back in a month or whatever and then go from there. Hopefully we’ll get some luck. We’re on the other side of the coin right now. We got to be a little lucky and we got to start treading a little bit above .500 for a while, and if we can do that, then we may get some cavalry later on.”

Mike D’Antoni, via ESPN

#6:

“[Kobe] possibly came back too soon. To me he didn’t look like the same player. His shooting will always be there. I think if he had rested a couple of months we might have seen a different Kobe Bryant.”

Jerry West on Kobe Bryant, via the Dan Patrick Show

#5:

“I just want to play, that’s what gets me through every day. I want to play, I still love to play, and I still feel like I have the skills to do it. I’d like to finish my career on a positive note. I’m just fighting every day to get that little bit of joy from playing basketball and being one of the guys, running up and down the court and trying to beat somebody. That’s what keeps me going every day.”

Steve Nash, via ESPN

#4:

“The love for the game is always there. Now, because of the injury and because the finish line is a lot closer, you have a greater appreciation for the entire body of work—and trying to finish it out on your terms. (…) I’m doing more work now than I ever have. The discipline, the will, has to be there more now than it ever was.”

Kobe Bryant, via Bleacher Report

#3:

“He’s a joy to coach and be around. I could not ask for a better human being, player and teammate. He rubs off on me, he makes me happy. He’s ‘swaggy’ out there and feels it, and he starts swaggin’ or something.”

Mike D’Antoni on Nick Young, via Bleacher Report

#2:

“Kobe Bryant shouldn’t play any more this year. They should shut him down. … With or without him, the Lakers suck either way. It’s not like they’re world-beaters. When he comes back in six weeks, they’ll be even more out of it. If they’re smart [they should shut him down]. They’re giving the guy $50 million for the next couple of years. Best-case scenario, they’re an eighth seed. Kobe Bryant is never going to be the same again. Kobe Bryant has probably played 23 or 24 seasons, if you add up playoff games. There’s no way you can blow out your Achilles — this notion that he’s going to come back and be this great, great player, that’s asinine. He can be a good, solid player. You can forget, ‘This guy has the will power.’ Age ain’t got nothing to do with will power. … What’s that little green snake’s name? He’s a little [garter] snake right now. I love you, Kobe. He’s not going to be no damn mamba. He can’t strike at you from a distance any more. He’s going to have to crawl over to bite you.”

Charles Barkley on Kobe Bryant, via Sports Illustrated

#1:

“If [the fans] are discouraged, go find another team to root for. We’re not going to give up. Are you kidding me? Discouraged? That’s not even fair to these guys. They’re going to fight. We’ll be back. We’re not going anywhere. We’re going to fight and try to stay above .500. If anybody hangs their head, then they don’t need to be on our bandwagon. We’re going to fight. We’ll be fine.”

Mike D’Antoni, following the Lakers loss to the Phoenix Suns, via the Daily News

 

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Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

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:

“Not on purpose, but you know to space out and get him the ball when there’s 10 seconds to go in the fourth quarter. You have to wait to see if he will pass you the ball or be Kobe. It’s going to be the Kobe show in the fourth quarter, but you still have to stay ready.”

Nick Young on Kobe Bryant, via the Daily News

#9:

“We spend 90 percent of our time talking about offense, when the majority of our problem is defense.”

Mike D’Antoni, via ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne

#8:

“We’re going to score at will. Nobody’s going to stop us from scoring. We have to focus on our defense more.”

Jordan Hill, via the Daily News’ Mark Medina

#7:

“It’s been difficult for him to persevere through all the different stages of rehab that he’s gone through just so he can come back. Now that he’s back on the court, I think there’s a new beginning. This is the first step. I see a very strong trajectory going up in the near future. When the switch goes on, it will go on to the way people are accustomed toward seeing Kobe Bryant play. It’s just a matter of time before that happens.”

Derek Fisher on Kobe Bryant, via the Daily News

#6:

“If we’re going to play our best we need to go to him a lot because he can make plays for himself and make plays for others.”

Kobe Bryant on Pau Gasol, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin

#5:

“It’s absolutely not what I was looking for. It’s not really in my control. I just try to keep working hard and be ready if the time comes. And if it doesn’t, then it just wasn’t meant to be. Never did I think I would come here and not play, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have come. I had a bunch of other options, but I saw opportunity here.”

Chris Kaman, via ESPN

#4:

“He threw Shaq under the bus. He is somewhat confused about culture because he was brought up in another country so it doesn’t quite fit (with) what’s happening in America. In the days when we had a summit and we called the top black athletes together to talk to Muhammad Ali about his status with the armed forces, there were some athletes we didn’t call. So if I had to call that summit all over, there would be some athletes I wouldn’t call. And Kobe would be one of them.”

NFL Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown on Kobe Bryant, via Bleacher Report

#3:

“It surprised me in a sense that it came out of left field. I mean, I’ve never even met him, so it came out of left field but I do think it’s a great opportunity to have these conversations, to have this discussion. I think no matter where you come from, whether you come from Italy, whether you come from Inglewood [Calif.], whether you come from London, it doesn’t matter. Ultimately, the conversation is that it doesn’t matter what color skin you are to begin with. But, I think it’s a good place to start to have a good conversation and try to educate one another and try to improve as a society from it.”

Kobe Bryant, in response to Jim Brown’s comments, via ESPN

#2:

“The fact that I’m not getting the ball in the post affects directly my aggressiveness. When I’m not getting the ball where I want to, where I’m most effective, where I can bang guys and utilize my skill, that affects my aggressiveness and overall intensity. This year hasn’t been ideal, certain things are not ideal for me, but that’s not going to change any time soon. I’m not going to say anything, but it’s easy to see. You see a guy with a certain skill set, where does it fit better, where it doesn’t.”

Pau Gasol, via the L.A. Times

#1:

“The more energy you bring to the game, the more you’re going to get the ball. That’s always been the case, and if you don’t have the energy, then you probably won’t get the ball much. (…) He’ll get through it. The message is the same to everybody: Just play hard, and we’ll figure it out. If you don’t play hard, it’s hard to figure out because you don’t know what works and what doesn’t. I think everybody has the same message, and we keep beating it in during practice. Every film session we show them what we want, and hopefully they’ll do it. (…)It’s also a nice excuse to not play hard. That’s a classic: ‘Well, I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.’ Well, you don’t have trouble getting up to the pay stub line. They know what to do there to get the check. So, obviously, you know what to do.”

Mike D’Antoni on Pau Gasol, via ESPN

 

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Photo by: Emmanuel Dunand/Getty Images
Photo by: Emmanuel Dunand/Getty Images

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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Photo by: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

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:

“This is Hollywood nights, baby. It’s my life, baby. Hollywood. I like these all-black jerseys. It’s mean.”

Nick Young on the Lakers’ new black alternative uniform, via ESPN

#9:

“I think he’s really matured. He’s got great confidence in his game. He makes better decisions, I believe. I think he’s more of a point guard now than he was before. I’ve really enjoyed his improvement as a player.”

Pau Gasol on Jordan Farmar, via ESPN

#8:

“It’s not what you do offensively. Most people look at the box score and see 1-for-5 and they go, ‘Oh, s—.’ I think his defense, his rebounding, his effort, his shadow — you know, when we press the whole court it gives the whole team more of an energy boost. So, some of the things you just can’t look at the stat sheet and say good or bad. He just infuses energy into the team and that’s what we need. I think he’s been doing that. Now, you add on five or six 3s that he makes? Now he’s had a great game.”

Mike D’Antoni on Shawne Williams, via ESPN

#7:

“This team is so great with one another that we look for each other and you never know who is going to be the high scorer for the game and who is going to be the guy every night. I think once we add Kobe to it, it’s the cherry on top.”

Robert Sacre, via ESPN

#6:

“He can give us something that we need. He gives us great interior defense. He’s a big body. He’s worked his behind off and he’s getting more athletic. We’ve been talking about it for two weeks — he can play. I’ve got to have enough courage to go ahead and [play him] and he earned to play again.”

Mike D’Antoni on Robert Sacre, via ESPN

#5:

“You expect that out of a young team and a pretty new team. We don’t expect to have a great record on the road at this point.”

Pau Gasol, after the Lakers loss to the Wizards in Washington, via the Daily News

#4:

“He should have taken the money. God damn, Kobe, take the money. Take it and run. He should have let me negotiate for him. I would have said, ‘Hey, Mitch, c’mon, make it happen. Make it happen.’ The standard cut is 4 percent, but I would have taken 10. He’s a five-time champion, is hungry, has a killer instinct. Everybody has flaws. We all know this. Even the greatest person, except Gandhi; I don’t think Gandhi had flaws. Did Gandhi have flaws? What about the Dali Lama? They had no flaws. So there are a few people with no flaws.Kobe has a few flaws, but he has some good things about him also. He has a killer instinct and sometimes he channels it in a way that’s not relatable. But at the same time he has this drive that he wants to win.”

Metta World Peace on Kobe Bryant’s new contract, via ESPN

#3:

“I thought I was playing pretty well before I got sick and then I come back and things are kind of changed for me. I didn’t plan on getting sick, it just happened. And then at the start of the regular season I thought I played pretty well and then we change all the lineups around. I haven’t had any conversations about it. I just kind of keep going with it however it goes. I don’t know, what am I going to say? ‘Play me more’ or ‘Let me play’? I mean, if [coach D'Antoni] wants to play me, he’ll play me. He knows what I can do. Maybe he doesn’t know what I can do. I don’t know. I think he’s just kind of going with what’s been working the last four or five games. It’s obviously frustrating for me, but I’m just going to keep being positive and if I got to be a cheerleader, I’ll be a cheerleader. I’m not trying to steal nobody’s minutes. That’s not my thing. I was told certain things, but, it doesn’t always work out that way. I came here for a reason and I want the opportunity to fulfill that.”

Chris Kaman, via ESPN

#2:

“Obviously, [Kobe Bryant] took a pay cut. A substantial pay cut. A lot of people look at it and say, ‘Well, that’s not a huge financial pay cut,’ but it was a negotiation that we felt like was pretty quickly accomplished and fair on both sides. (…) We have not had any discussions with Pau [Gasol]. I’m sure I will. Where that leads, I’m not sure right now. A lot has to do with different variables. I’m not saying something won’t be considered. I’m not saying something will be. I’m just saying it’s not something that has come up.”

Lakers’ General Manager Mitch Kupchak, via the Daily News

#1:

“As far as me, or the team which is I’m most concerned about, how can you add other pieces around [Kobe Bryant] and valuable pieces so we can win a title. But that’s the only concern. I’m not good with the mathematics and the numbers of the equation here, but that’s the only concern. Generally speaking, I guess we all at some point have to make sacrifices. But we’ll see. I don’t know what my situation is going to be or the team interest going forward. That hasn’t been expressed to me as much as I’m sure it has been expressed to (Bryant) and shown to him at this point. So, I’m just going to focus on continuing to play.”

Pau Gasol, via ESPN

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Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times
Photo Credit: Los Angeles Times

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:

“We don’t have a lot of talent… But we definitely got a lot of hard workers”

Jordan Hill, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin

#9:

“Everyone is rooting for everyone. We didn’t have that last year. Obviously we are not as talented, but it’s a lot better team.”

Mike D’Antoni, via Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding

#8:

“He plays hard every night. He wouldn’t be here if he didn’t – I mean, look at his body.”

Mike D’Antoni on Steve Blake, via Laker Nation’s Alex Lambeth

#7:

“He is unique. He is definitely special. He’s a guy that feeds on his own confidence, so when he feels good about himself, he becomes a very effective player and a great scorer. He’s a very skilled offensive player, but he definitely has a personality and we have to embrace it.”

Pau Gasol on Nick Young, via ESPN

#6:

“I have to detach myself somewhat in making sure when I come back, I’m ready to give the team the proper lift. It’s very tough to do. But it’s something that has to be done. (…) It felt good. I put the jersey on and walked out for practice, it felt like it was ’97 again and I was getting my first start as a pro.”

Kobe Bryant after his first practice with the team post the achilles injury, via the Daily News

#5:

“He’s looking at, ‘What am I going to do when I’m 50?’ But no, he’s going to try and do everything he can to come back. Whether he can get over this, we’ll see. We think he can. We hope he can. But there’s no talk of him sitting over there eating bon bons the rest of the way.”

Mike D’Antoni on Steve Nash, via the Daily News

#4:

“He’s an all-time great and he’s a guy that did it the right way. A true professional, a class act. Hopefully he comes back quickly and healthy, but he’s a guy that I have a tremendous amount of respect for. And I always tell my kids or anybody that asks [if] I get concerned when guys that I think can’t play are about to pass me on the assists list. That has not happened yet. It’s been guys that I consider all-time greats and it’s an honor for me to be in any category with those guys.”

Mark Jackson on Steve Nash, via ESPN

#3:

“Kobe has paid his dues. Nobody can argue with anything he gets on anything.”

Lebron James on Kobe Bryant’s new contract, via Bleacher Report’s Ethan Skolnick

#2:

“This was easy. This wasn’t a negotiation. The Lakers made their offer with cap and building a great team in mind while still taking care of me as a player. I simply agreed to the offer.”

Kobe Bryant on his new contract with the Lakers, via Yahoo Sports

#1:

“This wasn’t something I decided to do; this wasn’t something [general manager] Mitch Kupchak decided to do. This was a Buss family decision. We made him the highest-paid player in the NBA because we felt like it was the right thing to do. This wasn’t about what somebody else would pay him or outbidding anyone for him. This was to continue his legacy [with the Lakers], our legacy of loyalty to our iconic players. Loyalty is one of the values our dad instilled in us. It’s how he ran the Lakers and how we aspire to continue to run the Lakers. It’s what our fans and iconic players deserve. He doesn’t have to prove to us one thing. He’s proven everything to us over the last 17 years. We’ve seen what he’s done with broken fingers and torn ligaments. There’s no stopping the guy. We have 100 percent faith in him.”

Jim Buss on Kobe Bryant’s new contract, via ESPN

 

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Photo by: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

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:

“Did y’all see my man’s dunk though?! That thing was crazy!”

Nick Young on Xavier Henry’s dunk over the Pelicans’ Jeff Withey, via ESPN

#9:

“That’s a guy whose presence you can’t replace. He got out there today and changed the tone on his first day back with us.”

Jordan Farmar on Kobe Bryant’s first practice with the team, via the Daily News

#8:

“All the dudes with dreads play hard like that. Brian Grant. Kenneth Faried. Hill. It’s the look!”

Nick Young on Jordan Hill, via the Daily News’ Mark Medina

#7:

“He’s really good – if not our best player.”

Mike D’Antoni on Jordan Hill, via Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding

#6:

“There’s no way that (Kobe) comes back with everything, but at the same time, his 10 percent is better than most people.”

Mike D’Antoni on Kobe Bryant, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin

#5:

“I’ve always said for this year, we have great individual talent, but it’s going to take all of us working in unison together to be really successful. If we don’t do that, we’re going to lose. You’ve seen that happen on certain nights. But when you see us clicking together as a group, you see how good we can really be, and it’s fun.”

Steve Blake, via ESPN

#4:

“We didn’t see eye-to-eye. It wasn’t going to work. He has his perspective of how he wants to play, how he views how championships should be won and I have mine. It wasn’t going to be a middle ground because of how different the point of views were.”

Kobe Bryant on Dwight Howard, via his interview with Jim Rome

#3:

“We’re not good enough to be able to coast and then ramp it up in the 4th quarter and beat teams… That’s not who we are right now.”

Pau Gasol, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin

#2:

“I can’t see myself going anyplace else. I was born a Laker, this is home for me. I don’t see myself going some place else just to try to win another championship. My attitude has always been ‘it’s going to happen here or it’s not going to happen’. (…) My heart is here, I just can’t see myself playing in any place else.”

Kobe Bryant, via his interview with Jim Rome

#1:

“[My thoughts were] one: I will walk. And then immediately was ‘I got to make these two free throws. We’ve come too far, the game is right there, we’re about to getting into these playoffs and accomplish something that seemed like we were probably not going to be able to do midway into the season, so can’t fall up short now. Make these two, walk off the court and that’s it’. During the timeout, I was trying to walk and trying to find a way that I could kind of put my foot down where maybe I can go out there again for the last whatever minutes and be a threat out on the floor. It just feels like the tendon is almost rolling up into your calf so I said ‘it’s probably not a good idea to try to fight through this one. I should probably just take my behind off the court’.”

Kobe Bryant on his achilles injury, via NBA TV

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Photo by: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America

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:

“That’s probably the best shot I’ve made in my career. I’ve never quite made a shot like that.”

Steve Blake, on his game-winning shot against the Houston Rockets, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin

#9:

“When we play a team that people don’t expect us to win, we just want to go out there and work much harder. When we play a team that we expect to win, it’s kind of lackadaisical and we just want to go out there and compete with them with the same energy that they do and we’re not good enough for that.”

Jordan Hill, via ESPN

#8:

“If anybody can come in this league off of that injury and from that age and still get 25 to 30 a night, he’s probably the only one that you would bet on that could do that. His mindset is strictly to dominate and so he will push his body back to the point where he can dominate. Then he knows how to score.”

Isiah Thomas, who retired after suffering an achilles tear at 35 years old, on Kobe Bryant, via the Daily News

#7:

“We need Kobe Bryant come back sooner or later. Especially in late game situations, you need some guy who has the ball and gets you buckets and scoring. That’s what is Kobe is known for and good at. He’s a killer at the end. We have to hold the fort down. Hopefully we can hold the fort down while he’s gone and get us above .500 before he gets back. It’ll help set us up at the end of the season.”

Chris Kaman on Kobe Bryant, via the Daily News

#6:

“Pau is so talented. I don’t think anyone needs to worry about [his late struggles]. The guy is one of the most skilled men I had the opportunity to play with and everything in general. He just needs to continue to fight, play hard. I’m not even worried about it. He has so much ability and can do so many different things.”

Chris Kaman on Pau Gasol, via the Daily News

#5:

“We’re going to continue to try as a team and unit. We can’t do it individually. But I understand the responsibility within the team. It’s pretty obvious. I have to be sharper. I just got to play a little smarter. I might not have all the speed and all the explosiveness I used to have years ago. But I still have to use my experience and fundamentals to be effective every single night regardless of who we’re playing.”

Pau Gasol, via the Daily News

#4:

“It’s tough on him more than anybody. He wants in the worst way to be able to perform and have a good year. He’s doing everything he can do. When you watch him and watch him struggle, it’s not fun for anybody.”

Mike D’Antoni on Steve Nash’s injury, via the L.A. Times

#3:

“I’m just staying positive and hungry. It’s hard everyday to keep fighting uphill. I also have to weigh it against the fact that I still really love playing and I want to be a part of this group. That makes it worthwhile, but there are days when it’s a big challenge.”

Steve Nash, via the Daily News

#2:

“We got to find our identity. We don’t play slow or fast. We don’t do anything with a purpose. We’re trying to get that.”

Mike D’Antoni, via ESPN

#1:

“You got to make up your mind now and go with what you think is best and stick with it and work from it and build on what we have. Otherwise, if we continue to go back and forth, back and forth, we’re never really going to establish it and develop it at the full potential. That’s something that the coaching staff also needs to be aware of.”

Pau Gasol, via ESPN

 

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Photo by: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America
Photo by: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America

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:

“We have 7-8 question marks and if we hit on 5 of them, we’ll have a really good season.”

Mike D’Antoni, via the Daily News’ Mark Medina

#9:

“It’s very rare for a team to go 0-8 in the preseason. I think that’s definitely a big alarm there. So, you knew something wasn’t clicking, wasn’t working for whatever reason. It was an indicator.”

Pau Gasol on last year’s pre-season, via ESPN

#8:

“I have never been a bad guy and I won’t be that bad guy ever. I will always be gracious and happy to have the opportunity to play with the Lakers. It was a learning experience and I think it helped me with this team. So, I’m glad that I had the chance to play in L.A. even though it ended soon it was a learning lesson for myself and for everybody else.”

Rockets’ Dwight Howard, via ESPN

#7:

“I was mad at the Lakers for recruiting him to stay. I’m not begging anybody to play for the Lakers. You always have a plan B if he doesn’t sign, so don’t be rolling out the red carpet, begging this dude. This dude hasn’t won a championship yet. I don’t think Dwight could stomach L.A. It was too much pressure. There’s pressure being a Laker. There’s pressure in this town.”

Magic Johnson on Dwight Howard, via ESPN

#6:

“You could feel the energy of guys rooting for one another. Last year it was cold”

Mike D’Antoni, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin

#5:

“I love our attitude. Our attitude is the biggest thing we have going. We have guys who are ready to go get it. We’re hungry.”

Xavier Henry, via the Daily News’ Mark Medina

#4:

“They’re tough with Kobe, and they’re tough without Kobe because they’re playing up and down. They’re going to be a good team.”

Spurs’ Tony Parker, via Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding

#3:

“Even in the midst of going against him, I’m in huddle, I’m saying, ‘Don’t fall for the okeydoke. He’s all right. Don’t allow him to take over this game,’ not knowing that he was really hurt. If I would’ve known Kobe Bryant was hurt I would’ve called a timeout. They would have not had to call a timeout. That’s how much respect I have for him.”

Warriors’ head coach Mark Jackson on Kobe Bryant’s achilles injury, via the L.A. Times

#2:

“They’re special people. It comes from within, their competitiveness and mental toughness and they’re willing to be consistent leaders and competitors night after night. A lot of people have good nights, but people like those guys understand it’s their responsibility to do it night after night.”

Spurs’ head coach Gregg Popovich on Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan, via the Daily News

#1:

“The nerves in the broken leg, then the nerves in the back and hamstring (last season)… I’d never felt my nerves in my life. I feel them every day now. So my body’s different. I worked incredibly hard this summer and got myself back where I have a chance. The want is there; I’m still enjoying the challenge. It comes from within. I know what I’ve been through; I know how old I am and the miles I have on the body, but I still take the challenge. And there are still things I can build on and can improve. I am 39. I’ll be 40 in a few months. So you have to adapt your mindset to the new challenge. This is where I am. I’ve got to accept some of that—and not give an inch when it comes to my belief.”

Steve Nash, via Bleacher Report

 

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