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:
He’s a competitor. That’s really what you’ve got to judge players by. A lot of times, we get caught up in their numbers and what their statistics are, but really you’ve got to look at the core of a player. He hates to lose. He loves competition.
Kobe Bryant on Steve Blake, via the L.A. Times
We just hit the wall – ninth game in 14 days in seven cities. You could just kind of see the wheels fall off, specially lately. With some guys being injured, we’ve been playing a seven-man rotation, and I think it caught up with us a little bit. Our legs just came undone.
Steve Nash, on the seven-man rotation used by Mike D’Antoni, following the Lakers’ loss to the Suns, via the OC Register
I don’t know what happened earlier in the season. If I knew I’d tell you. Every excuse in the book.
Antawn Jamison on the Lakers’ turnaround, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin
It’s O.K. You’ve just got to make sure he tells them the right things because he could be giving them different directions than I am. That’s not good — a little bit of a loose cannon. Obviously, he knows what’s going on, and he sees things, but it’s a little scary sometimes.
Mike D’Antoni on “Coach Kobe”, via the New York Times
He Jalen Rose’d me.
Kobe Bryant, on Hawks’ Danthay Jones’ foul that cost him a sprained ankle, via the OC Register
Before, as an opponent, it used to just kill me to know (the Lakers) would come in and it’d be almost 50-50. That’s one thing I learned this year is that we do have our fair share of Laker fans and it helps us out a lot because not too many situations are hostile. No matter where we go, where we at, we have our fair share of Laker fans and as a player, it’s just great to have that feeling knowing that it can be a little lighter on the road and you have that support of fans pulling for you.
Antawn Jamison, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin
It sucks. It was 70 (Lakers fans) – 30 (Pacers fans) out there. These are the same people that wants autographs after the game. It shouldn’t feel like an away game, especially with an important one like this. Tonight, that’s what it felt like. They always say your fans are your sixth man and you feed off that energy. Energy is down and we turn the ball over and we’re hearing cheers. We’re missing shots and we’re hearing cheers. That kind of brings your head down cause you know you’re at home.
Pacers’ George Hill following the Lakers win at Indiana, via the Indianapolis Star
I hate it for the fans. They can come to practice for free and watch them shoot 40-50 foul shots. They don’t even have to pay for tickets. I’ll invite them all.
Mike D’Antoni on the “Hack-a-Howard”, via ESPN
I don’t know how much I have, but whatever I have, I’m going to give you.
Kobe Bryant’s message to the Lakers team prior to the game versus the Pacers, when he played only in the first quarter due to a severely sprained ankle, via ESPN
I was happy I was able to face my fears at the free-throw line and knock ‘em down. I thought that was the best thing for me. To come in here and really learn how to block a lot of stuff out and play — and not allow it to affect me. That’s been big all season to where I would hear the crowd, and I would get up there and … brick. So I think it was good for me. You saw me mature as a player and as a person. And I’m happy.
Dwight Howard, following the Lakers win over the Magic in Orlando, via the OC Register
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