“You think I’ll hang around and average 19 points or 18 points? Hell no.”
- The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant on how much longer he intends to play.

His ‘twilight years’ will be interesting, that’s for sure.

“I’ll need something to live on.”
- Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov pledged to give $17 billion of his $18 billion fortune to charity (yeah right) if he defeats Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to win the presidency. He said he’d need the remaining $1 billion for ‘personal expenses’ after life in the Kremlin.

Shifty.

“Garnett left Minnesota and hollered and screamed and all that but he’s not a tough guy. He’s one of the weakest guys to ever play the game. He’s a complimentary player and went to Paul Pierce’s team and won a championship. I wouldn’t consider him a top 10 tough guy.”

And this:

“Barkley for his size was a good player but he’s a coward though. He was a good player for his size but, he wasn’t a leader and wasn’t a role model. Now he talks so bad about younger guys, I don’t respect that from him…He’s a fraud, he can criticize all the younger kids and if he got something to say, call them and talk to them before you just blast them. He’s wants to be funny, that whole TNT thing and all that, they’re like some clowns on that show.”
- Former player Charles Oakley.

Tell us how you really feel Oak.

“I’m tired of this [bleep]. You can put that in the paper, I don’t give a [bleep].”
- Atlanta’s Tracy McGrady on his lack of playing time.

You can’t fight Father Time, T-Mac.

“I am going to keep my options open, knowing that the time is coming up. I’m doing my homework on big market teams. I’m not saying I won’t (sign an extension with the Bucks) and I’m not saying I will. I’m just keeping my options open. When you start seeing other players like Dwight Howard or CP3, you start thinking. It has nothing to do with the city of Milwaukee or anything like that because that’s where I started my career. They’ve been nothing but good to me. (Coach) Scott Skiles and (general manager) John Hammond have been good to me. It’s just that I’m understanding the business of basketball now.”
- Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings.

He’s gone; it’s just a matter of time.

“But that’s the one thing that bothers me the most; I don’t know where I stand. If you have a girlfriend and she tells you she loves you every day, obviously you know she loves you. The way they tell you they love you every day is by signing you to a contract extension.”
- The Clippers’ Mo Williams. He’s making $8.5 million this year and has another year on his contract that will net him $8.5 million.

Headcase alert.

“I guess I don’t know the right people or kiss enough [butt].”
- Atlanta’s Josh Smith on his All-Star snub.

It’s because you don’t know the difference between a good shot and a bad shot.

“I do want the ball more in the fourth quarter. I want to become a closer. The only way you get there is by getting the ball and have coach have the confidence in giving me the ball.”
- Orlando’s Dwight Howard.

Start making more than 4 out of 10 free throws and you might have a case. But as it is, shut up.

“A lot of people wouldn’t understand what I’m going through. Really, it’s been tough on me all year.”
- Howard moaning again.

Of his own making of course. We all know he’s leaving one way or another, so cut the crap, be honest with the organisation that you supposedly love (because clearly they’re clueless) and just end this thing.

“We, the Spanish sportsmen, don´t win by chance.. it’s true. Write down the keys of our succes: talent, effort, perseverance and humility.”
- The Lakers’ Pau Gasol on Twitter.

Take your hand off it Pau.

“I can’t say I do, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out sooner or later.”
- Washington’s JaVale McGee, on whether or not he understood the message sent by coach Wittman in benching him.

Unlikely.

“I’m definitely not scared of anybody in this league. Shaq’s 350-pound butt is watching TV now, so there’s really nobody out there who scares me too much.”
- Minnesota’s Brad Miller, after his return from injury.

What about Greg Stiemsma?

“My situation is going to get better soon. But until then I’m going to support these guys and continue to collect my check.”
- Milwaukee’s Stephen Jackson.

Yeah, nice one Milwaukee – he’s a great role model for Jennings.

“I grew up around roaches. And it was bad. Too many of them. Too many friends, yeah, in New York. I got a lot of roach friends. I’d wake up, they’d wake up in my cereal. They’d wake up like, you know, just Ron what’s up, good morning. One leg in my macaroni, the other leg in my corn. They just made themselves comfortable at my home.”
- The Lakers’ Metta World Peace.

You can just picture it can’t ya.

“So $2.5 million, come on.”
- J.R. Smith’s father, Earl, when asked if his son would sign with the Knicks for their $2.5 million mini-level exception (prior to actually signing with the Knicks for this amount).

It clearly runs in the family.

“I have no appreciation for it at all…. It was a layup, I think. He threw the ball in and got fouled and made a free throw. So it’s three points at the end of the day.”
- Oklahoma’s Kevin Durant on the Griffin/Perkins dunk.

Funny. Understandable though, considering it was against his team.

“I’m in the same situation I was here — coming off the bench. The only thing I know is that I got paid a little bit more money. Like I said, it’s a process and a system that I’ve got to get used to. I don’t know. I know what I’m supposed to do, but I don’t know yet. I’m still searching.”
- Orlando’s Big Baby Davis, comparing his new role to his time in Boston.

If it wasn’t clear before, it is now – the guy’s a headcase.

“You don’t see Kobe [Bryant] tweeting. You don’t see Michael Jordan tweeting. If you’re an elite player, plays like that don’t excite you. At the end of the day, the guys who are playing for the right reasons who are trying to win championships are not worrying about one play. They also are not tweeting about themselves talking about going down to No. 2. I just feel [James] is always looking for attention and he wants the world to like him.”
- Oklahoma’s Kendrick Perkins on LeBron’s tweet praising the Griffin dunk.

C’mon Kendrick, give the man a break.

“It is what it is. Blame LeBron James.”
- Hornets coach Monty Williams, in response to a question about whether there was anything new to report on Eric Gordon’s knee injury.

Gold! Thanks Kendrick.

“He’s a good player, definitely coming up. It’s terrible that he has to play in Sacramento. He could take his take his talents somewhere and really help a team.”
- The Lakers’ Andrew Bynum on DeMarcus Cousins.

I would be lying if I said I didn’t agree with him.

“It doesn’t matter to me; I don’t read the headlines. There’s a bank in every city, and I’m going to play hard basketball wherever I go, so I’m good.”
- Bynum again, on the trade speculation.

A good attitude to have (minus the ‘bank’ statement).

“(Not to) take nothing away from the dunk contest, (but) it was a joke. I guess whoever had the biggest celebrity involved in their dunk was going to be the winner. I guess I should have tried to reach out to some people.”
- Indiana’s Paul George.

This coming from the guy who thought it would be a good idea to use stickers of Larry Bird’s head? I am still struggling to see the relevance of that.

“It’s hard being away from the game. Don’t be surprised if you see Brandon Roy make his way back to the court…”
- The retired Brandon Roy.

We’re with ya B-Roy, but just take your time.

“Fans man. They love their team and their player. They don’t want to hear any criticisms. They just want you to be 100 percent for their team period. I think it’s only a small faction. I think 80 percent are great. Twenty percent, I wish you could take them out back and just shoot them.”
- Charles Barkley.

An interesting take.

“Breaking: ESPN could be officially renamed LISPN soon! #linsanity”
- Milwaukee’s Andrew Bogut on Twitter.

On the money as usual.


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