Top 10 Lakers Quotes of the Week

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Photo by: Bruce Bennett/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:

#10:

“At times we all feel like we have to do it ourselves. It’s a lot of one-on-one’s. If somebody does a one-on-one, someone else feels like next time, it’s my turn. We have to learn how to share the ball and keep the ball moving.”

Nick Young, via the Daily News

#9:

“I didn’t know if I was ever going to play again this season. I just have to do whatever I do, whether it’s five minutes or 25 minutes. I don’t expect anything out of this. I’ll just play hard and do my job.”

Chris Kaman, via the Daily News

#8:

“He was fighting through and getting through the process of getting back on the floor after tearing his Achilles, and now you get this fracture. It’s very hard for me as a teammate, as his friend, to understand that that happened to him. But what can you do? He’s tough enough. He’ll get through it and be back and ready to play.”

Pau Gasol on Kobe Bryant’s knee injury, via ESPN

#7:

“I don’t want to be too simple, but you got to win games. We just got to play. We got to get our point guards back, get Kobe back in a month or whatever and then go from there. Hopefully we’ll get some luck. We’re on the other side of the coin right now. We got to be a little lucky and we got to start treading a little bit above .500 for a while, and if we can do that, then we may get some cavalry later on.”

Mike D’Antoni, via ESPN

#6:

“[Kobe] possibly came back too soon. To me he didn’t look like the same player. His shooting will always be there. I think if he had rested a couple of months we might have seen a different Kobe Bryant.”

Jerry West on Kobe Bryant, via the Dan Patrick Show

#5:

“I just want to play, that’s what gets me through every day. I want to play, I still love to play, and I still feel like I have the skills to do it. I’d like to finish my career on a positive note. I’m just fighting every day to get that little bit of joy from playing basketball and being one of the guys, running up and down the court and trying to beat somebody. That’s what keeps me going every day.”

Steve Nash, via ESPN

#4:

“The love for the game is always there. Now, because of the injury and because the finish line is a lot closer, you have a greater appreciation for the entire body of work—and trying to finish it out on your terms. (…) I’m doing more work now than I ever have. The discipline, the will, has to be there more now than it ever was.”

Kobe Bryant, via Bleacher Report

#3:

“He’s a joy to coach and be around. I could not ask for a better human being, player and teammate. He rubs off on me, he makes me happy. He’s ‘swaggy’ out there and feels it, and he starts swaggin’ or something.”

Mike D’Antoni on Nick Young, via Bleacher Report

#2:

“Kobe Bryant shouldn’t play any more this year. They should shut him down. … With or without him, the Lakers suck either way. It’s not like they’re world-beaters. When he comes back in six weeks, they’ll be even more out of it. If they’re smart [they should shut him down]. They’re giving the guy $50 million for the next couple of years. Best-case scenario, they’re an eighth seed. Kobe Bryant is never going to be the same again. Kobe Bryant has probably played 23 or 24 seasons, if you add up playoff games. There’s no way you can blow out your Achilles — this notion that he’s going to come back and be this great, great player, that’s asinine. He can be a good, solid player. You can forget, ‘This guy has the will power.’ Age ain’t got nothing to do with will power. … What’s that little green snake’s name? He’s a little [garter] snake right now. I love you, Kobe. He’s not going to be no damn mamba. He can’t strike at you from a distance any more. He’s going to have to crawl over to bite you.”

Charles Barkley on Kobe Bryant, via Sports Illustrated

#1:

“If [the fans] are discouraged, go find another team to root for. We’re not going to give up. Are you kidding me? Discouraged? That’s not even fair to these guys. They’re going to fight. We’ll be back. We’re not going anywhere. We’re going to fight and try to stay above .500. If anybody hangs their head, then they don’t need to be on our bandwagon. We’re going to fight. We’ll be fine.”

Mike D’Antoni, following the Lakers loss to the Phoenix Suns, via the Daily News

 

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