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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