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:
It is a totally different team. Obviously everything is going through Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard. They try to play inside a lot so it is a big series for us to play great defensively and control the boards. We have to double-team and triple-team as much as we can.
Spurs’ Tony Parker on the Lakers without Kobe Bryant, via the Daily News’ Mark Medina
As the series goes on, those (Spurs’) bigs will wear down from trying to fight every possession. We want it, we got to go take it.
Dwight Howard, via Sports Illustrated
Defensively isn’t necessarily my ‘A’ game. I don’t think the coaches have been pleased with my defense this year. But it’s something I always have to work extra hard at, but offensively is where I think the team is really going to need me. I have to be up to par there or else I have to turn it over to someone else if I’m not able to do it.
Steve Nash, via the Daily News
I just want to win, plain and simple. A lot of people are counting us out and they’re doubting our talent and our team, but I just want to win and I’m going to do whatever I can to help this team win. It’s not about me having 30 points a night, but just me dominating the game. That’s what I want to do.
Dwight Howard, via ESPN
To be honest with you, it’s been a tough year for me obviously breaking my leg in the second game and having this injury, but when I’ve been healthy, I’ve felt great, as good as I’ve ever felt. The biggest issue for me this year was just trying to find a niche playing alongside Kobe (Bryant) and playing with new teammates. I feel like that really started to come for me in the last month and a half or so. I was feeling a lot more confident and comfortable on how I should approach and attack. So, never did I ever feel anything but optimism going forward, but just frustration in the moment.
Steve Nash, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin
I see my tweeting during the game is being talked about as much as the game itself. To tweet or not to tweet… I choose not to. Focus should be on the team, not on my insight.
Kobe Bryant, via his personal twitter account
He’s a fan right now. He’s a fan, and you guys put a little more importance on that kind of fan. But he’s a fan. He gets excited and he wants to be a part of it so that’s good.
Mike D’Antoni on Bryant’s tweets during the Lakers loss to the Spurs, via ESPN
If they want to do that the whole series, God bless them. There’s nothing I can do about it but go up there and shoot the free throws. Even if I make them, they’re still going to do it. So, that’s not my concern. My concern is what I can control on the defensive end and then on the offensive end, just dominate. If they foul me, they foul me. We’re going to make them pay.
Dwight Howard, on possibly being intentionally fouled by the Spurs, via ESPN
We’re not going to do it without him. He’s not having the explosive stuff he has, but he’s always a threat on the perimeter. He has a better shot at shooting well than anyone else I know.
Mike D’Antoni on Steve Nash, via the L.A. Times
I just feel fortunate I can play and try to help my team. [My health] is not great. It’s not going to be great. But I have to worry about what I can do. I love to play and I love this team. We had a lot of ups and downs and a lot of tough nights. I want to turn that around and be a part of helping these guys enjoy this. I’m still thrilled to get a chance to play in the series. I’m thrilled to fight for my teammates and try to make something come out of all this.
Steve Nash, via the Daily News
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