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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:


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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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