Lakers lost a lot more than a game last night.
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It’s not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will. And when we get there, I have no fear of anyone — Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Denver … whoever. I have zero nervousness about that.
“At first when I seen the police, I was like, ‘What the hell is going on?” World Peace said. “I just got finished watching ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ or whatever that movie is. I’m like, ‘I’m dreaming, I’m dreaming. Is there a terrorist in the building? Do y’all need my help?’”
After a brief conversation with the police, World Peace put on his Cookie Monster pajamas and accompanied them outside.
In memory of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, the organization has left an empty chair for him in his suite.
Kyle Irving challenges Kobe Bryant to a one-on-one game. Loser donates $50,000 to the Winner’s charity of choice. The match is set to happen next year, but watch Kobe simply trash talk Kyle Irving. “You just came out of high school kid.”
For the last 8 seasons I’ve been blessed to play for a team and a city that has embraced me and that I have come to call home. This is a tough business and the only thing constant in life is change.
After talking with (owner) Robert (Sarver) and (president of basketball operations) Lon (Babby) we’ve agreed that it’s time for both of us to move in new directions. I approached them and asked if they would be willing to do a sign and trade deal with L.A. because it is very important to me to stay near my children and family.
They were very apprehensive and didn’t want to do it. Fortunately for me, they reconsidered. They saw that they were able to get assets for their team that will make them better, assets they would not have otherwise had and it made sense for them to do a deal that helps their team get better.
I couldn’t be more grateful to the organization and Robert in particular. I know how hard this was for him and that fact that he was able to help me and my family in this way … it means a lot and says a lot about his character. I will never forget this gesture. Above and beyond.
The Phoenix Suns are an amazing organization and fans should be excited about their future. I hope the Suns win a championship some day soon for all the amazing fans and wonderful people in the organization.
— Steve Nash releases a statement to Phoenix fans (via foreverla)
“I’m very impressed with him. Very impressed. I’m not going to BS you. He’s very detail-oriented. His practices are very methodical in nature. He goes from one thing to the next thing. You know, he’s punching a clock, and it’s very high energy. It’s a high motor type of practice, a physical practice, a competitive practice, and I like it.”
“I really want to win for him in the worst way, because I see how much he works and I see how much he wants it. I hear the criticism he takes, and I believe it to be unwarranted. It makes me want to work even harder than I already am.”
- Kobe Bryant on Mike Brown
1970 feat. Knicks & Lakers
A reporter asked about being up 3-1 against the Sixers in the 2001 NBA Finals:
“It’s just one more win. I don’t give a [bleep] how we do it, as long as we get it done. Did I say [bleep]? I’m sorry.”