Photo by: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America
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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