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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:


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“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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