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:
I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole NBA career. I’ve put in a lot of work in my career. For people to notice that I can play, and to get my teammates’ and coaches’ trust and for (General Manager) Mitch Kupchak to (notice) … it’s great. It’s all I ever wanted, just a role on this team, which I got, and I think I’m doing a good job of providing energy, guarding the opponent’s best player and rebounding.
Earl Clark, via Lakers.com
He makes it look so effortless… I’ve been playing against him all these years, I deserved one year with him.
Antawn Jamison on Kobe Bryant, via Lakers.com
In my mind [there is a plan], but it never works out, so we’ll see how that goes. You can’t predict anything. When he comes back, obviously he’ll be a big part of what we do and getting back to the level that he was at when he got hurt. If he does that, he’s going to help a heck of a lot.
Mike D’Antoni on Pau Gasol, via ESPN
Some guys look at my stats and they don’t see extra defensive player of the years and extra All-Stars because I’ve been in trouble my whole career. So sometimes I lead by example and make big shots and gain these guys’ respect. Everybody leads in different ways. We have a lot of different leaders.
Metta World Peace, via ESPNLA 710
Looking back on it, I could have sat out the whole season until now and starting playing now, but I just felt like we had such a great opportunity. Some of these guys, their windows for winning is very small and I just wanted to get back and try to do whatever I can to help this team, knowing that I wasn’t in great shape. My body wasn’t all the way there yet.
Dwight Howard, via the L.A. Times
He’s just a determined guy. He’s got a big heart, he’s playing hard, so, he’s unbelievable. I would like to have the luxury of being able to sit him more. You know what, I say that, but he won’t let me do it. He wants to play and he’s going to play so he’ll battle through it. It doesn’t matter.
Mike D’Antoni on Kobe Bryant, after the Lakers win over the Raptors, via NBA.com
We’re certainly much tougher now than we were at the beginning of the season. Adversity does that. It can do one of two things. It can break you; if you have a weaker mind it will break you. But, if you decide to let it build you up, make you stronger, that’s what happens. Games like this really strengthen the bond between us players. And that’s really what the playoffs are about: When you have adversity, it’s about who’s going to stick together and who’s not going to break. Even though we played a team that has not the best record in the world, I think this type of win really strengthens our bond.
I wish Chick was alive to see this!
ESPN and Time Warner Cable’s John Ireland, during the final moments of the Lakers win over the Raptors
I have the inner determination that I don’t think anybody that I line up against on any given night will be able to out-will me. I just refuse to believe that.
Kobe Bryant, via Lakers.com
If you come from a situation where you got a lot of touches to where you’re not getting a lot of touches, of course it’s a shock. But there are still ways that I can control the game, and I can’t allow that situation to allow me to check out of a game. For what I can bring to any team, it doesn’t show up on a stat sheet. I can control a game by scoring five points or 30 points. It’s about how you affect the game on both ends. Defense and rebounding comes easy. But in order for us to succeed, I have to evolve offensively. And as a big, when we are fed, when we get those shots, when we get going, it just changes everything about us. It makes us tick when we get a couple shots early in the game, when we get a couple dunks. I’m blocking more shots, I’m rebounding, and I feel like I’m a part of what’s going on.
Dwight Howard, via USA Today
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