The NBA world isn’t just about what you do on the court. We scoured the web for Lakers-related quotes, and provide you with the 10 best quotes we’ve found from the past seven days:
When you have a guy that’s still working hard, even when he’s not playing, and then he finally gets his chance and he makes the best of it, that’s how you earn respect, and I think he’s earned it from all of us on the team
Steve Blake on Earl Clark (via ESPN)
Everyone has been drinking the Kobe-pass Kool-Aid. It parted like the Red Sea. I was feeling like Moses.
Kobe Bryant on his explosive dunk over Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries (via ESPN)
Hopefully this will be a wake-up call. Again. For the 80th time.
Nobody is going to want to play them in the first round. With the veterans the Lakers have, I don’t think it’s going to make a big difference to them if they creep in as the 6, 7, or 8 [seed]. In the playoffs, they’re going to be dangerous.
Jerry West, via ESPN
Most of the time when there’s a communication problem, it’s because the message being received is not the message you want. It’s not that they don’t know what they need to do, how we need to act as a team, whatever. If you don’t like the message, then you go say there’s a communication problem.
Mike D’Antoni, via ESPN
I think this season is going to be a disappointment if we don’t win a championship, on the other hand when you look at what we faced this year, it’s probably unlikely that we can find that top gear and what it takes to win a championship.
Steve Nash, via ESPN’s Dave McMenamin
I mean, I want to play. But at the same time, this is my career, this is my future, this is my life. I can’t leave that up to anybody else because nobody else is going to take care of me. If I go down, then what? Everybody’s life is going to go on. I don’t want to have to have another summer where I’m rehabbing and, you know, trying to get healthy again. I want to come back and have another great year.
Dwight Howard, before getting back to action on Thursday Night vs. Boston (via the L.A. Times)
It’s about your own commitment to excellence in the area of team success. Not so much are you going to make 100-million dollars and is your career going to be ok. Unfortunately for him, in Los Angeles, you’ve got a legacy of great players that have shown the city what commitment looks like. I’d like to see actions from him that tell me that winning is the most important thing to him, and that he wants to be a Laker.
Rick Fox, on ESPN Radio
It would be hard for me to deal with another season [if both D'Antoni and Howard stay with the Lakers for the next season]. I’m not a quitter. Just because things look better on the other side of the fence, I’m not going to take the easy way out. I have a certain level of loyalty here, and I’ve been through a lot of great, amazing things. And there have been others that have been hurtful. But that’s life. I believe 100% if I was starting inside with Dwight we could make the playoffs. I just don’t know if coming off the bench gives the team a chance to be better and win more games.
Pau Gasol, via the L.A. Times
We don’t have time for [Howard's shoulder] to heal. We need some urgency. [Dwight] has never been in a position where someone is driving him as hard as I am, as hard as this organization is. It’s win a championship or everything is a complete failure. That’s just how [the Lakers] do it. And that’s foreign to him.
Kobe Bryant, via ESPN
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