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 need to just bring some energy. Metta’s whole game is energy. For me, I try to do that with the first and second team. One thing I never worry about is my shooting. I’ll just keep shooting. They’ll fall eventually.
Jodie Meeks, who’s replacing the injured Metta World Peace in the starting line-up, via the Daily News
No, they’re too old. I don’t want to do anything and then somebody gets hurt.
Dwight Howard, on if he did any April Fool’s jokes with his teammates, via the Daily News’ Mark Medina
You think about it all the time. But we’re not going anyplace without him, and he’s got to get over it. And he will. We have faith in him. It’s not going to happen if I jerk him out.
Mike D’Antoni, on if he considers taking Dwight out of the game in “Hack-a-Howard” situations, via Fox Sports
You don’t see a big with his skill set. You’d be hard-pressed to find a big with his skillset in the history of the game. We put him at the elbow for five straight minutes and he just tore them up – he tore them up. With his touch from the outside, posting up, passing the ball, you don’t see that skill set.
Kobe Bryant, on Pau Gasol after the Lakers win over the Kings, via Lakers.com
We need every game. We just got to come out and play with the right intensity, the right effort for 48 minutes and we should win all these games.
Dwight Howard, via ESPN
What a journey. It’s been a very, very long journey. I’m certainly extremely appreciative of all the support and the Laker faithful, the ‘Laker Nation,’ from being a 17-year-old kid to a 34-year-old man and all the support they’ve given me throughout my career.
Kobe Bryant, on passing Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, via ESPN
That’s the one thing that could stop a team from making the run that they want to make during the season, is injuries. Unfortunately we’ve been hit with injuries all year. It just seems like every time somebody got healthy, somebody else went down. But that’s when somebody else has to step up and play and play big. We just have to trust each other more and hold each other accountable.
Dwight Howard, via ESPN
I’ll talk to my family and really see if I want to continue to sacrifice as much as I’m sacrificing right now. I’m putting my body through a lot to just try to get ready to play every single night. To do what I’m doing right now, it’s not easy. I’ll tell you, it’s taken a lot of commitment. [On whether the next season will be his last:] As I sit here right now, yeah. It’s my decision. It’s really about what I want to do, if I want to train and be psychotic with my training. That’s what it comes down to. It’s really how I’m feeling physically.
Kobe Bryant, on retirement, via NBA.com
[Our relationship is] really good now. We have such a mutual respect for each other. You can’t expect Michael [Jordan] to play with Wilt [Chamberlain] for his entire career. That’s just not going to work. I had too much talent and too much to showcase. And then there was a challenge issued by him about me not being able to win without him. That’s a challenge I couldn’t pass. But ultimately during those years I sacrificed a lot, numbers-wise, to play with him. Personalities and playing for each other weren’t the best of dynamics because he always wanted to do things a certain way and I was always on him about his work ethic. He didn’t want to hear that, but I didn’t care. It was tough for that relationship to work forever. But there was a mutual respect, and that’s why you see us engaging with each other and conversing with each other because we knew what that was about. The thing that I respected about him was when he stepped on the court he was ferocious. That’s the thing we both had in common. Between those lines nothing could stop us.
Kobe Bryant on Shaquille O’neal, via Yahoo Sports
First I’d like to thank the late great Dr. Jerry Buss, who was more than an owner. He was a friend, a confidant and a genius who taught me how to be a champion. To the Laker fans, give yourselves a big round of applause. You are the greatest fans on Earth. I can remember certain times where I wasn’t sure if we could win, but then I’d look into the stands and I’d see the certainty and confidence on your faces, and I knew it was in the bag. Big shoutout to my teammates: without you guys, I’m not here. Thanks for believing in me as a leader and as a friend. Kobe, we had a million great times and a thousand bad times. A million outweights a thousand, and the positive always outweights the negative. You are my teammate and my brother, and I’m proud to call you both. Thank you all.
Shaquille O’neal, who’s having his jersey retired at the Staples Center, via Lakers.com
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