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 the brightest spot we’ve had this year.
Mike D’Antoni on Earl Clark, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin
After we lose by 20 or 30 points, we definitely can’t be laughing and joking around with a team that just kicked your ass, that’s for sure. Just focus on how bad you want it and how important this is.
Kobe Bryant, after the Lakers loss to the Clippers, via ESPN
It was a great block. I haven’t really seen any MVP get a jumper blocked like that. It was a really great play. Kobe is a great player.
Kevin Durant, on Bryant’s defense on Lebron James at the All-Star Game, via CBS Sports
Five beats one every time I look at it.
Michael Jordan, picking Kobe Bryant over Lebron James, via the Sun Sentinel
It’s something we all know. In terms of winning championships, it’s the most important thing. That’s what it all comes down to. That’s why we all make sacrifices. That’s what I knew coming into the league. You have to win titles to sit at that same lunch table as Magic (Johnson) and Michael (Jordan) and so forth. LeBron (James) knows that and it’s a challenge he’s willing to accept.
Kobe Bryant, on Jordan taking him over Lebron, via Lakers.com
He was a visionary, he was a trailblazer. He did things that were, at that time, people thought wasn’t cool, wasn’t proper. He was a man who walked the walk and talked the talk. He produced championships, because he was the most competitive owner you could ever meet in your life.
Magic Johnson on Dr. Jerry Buss, via ESPN
Coaching is about, “How do I get these people to play at their peak level?” Yeah, the X’s and O’s mean something, but you can get people to do that. But coaching is much more than that. It is a spiritual quest. And if it’s not that, you don’t have a challenge, you don’t have a mission. Forming a brotherhood and trying to move it forward, that’s the part that I miss.
Phil Jackson on what he misses most about coaching, via Sports Illustrated
He saved my life.
Ronny Turiaf on Dr. Jerry Buss, who paid for his open-heart surgery in 2005, via Janis Carr
Guarding point guards at 34 is ludicrous. He’s cursed just as much as I am.
Michael Jordan on Kobe Bryant’s competitiveness, via David Brickley
When someone as celebrated and charismatic as Jerry Buss dies, we are reminded of two things. First, just how much one person with vision and strength of will can accomplish. Second, how fragile each of us is, regardless of how powerful we were. Those two things combine to inspire us to reach for the stars, but also to remain with our feet firmly on the ground among our loved ones. Dr. Buss embodied that compassionate entrepreneurial spirit. He strove to reach greater heights without forgetting his community roots. During his stewardship, the Lakers exemplified his personal standards of excellence and became one of the dominant teams in the NBA and a force of good within the community. The man may be gone, but he has made us all better people for knowing him.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Dr. Jerry Buss passing, via Lakers.com
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