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“I definitely have post moves. I have a mid-range shot that I really never got to use my whole career in the NBA. Coach Karl didn’t want his ‘bigs’ shootings at all. [Defenses are] probably going to leave me open for the mid-range, so I definitely got to take that shot.”
- Denver’s JaVale McGee.

More hilarity is welcome, thanks JaVale.

“We wasn’t never cool. I don’t hang with him. I don’t call him. We’ve never been in the same circles. It was too packed for me to get to the stage. So I go in the DJ booth…and as soon as I start rapping, he jumps on the back of the DJ booth. I don’t know why he jumped up there. He bumped me two times with his midsection. I felt his belt on my neck. So the third time he does it…I turn around and I ask him to get down. He said something crazy, one thing led to another, my hand end up on his throat and next thing he in cuffs.”
- Stephen Jackson offered an explanation as to why he choked Steve Francis in a club.

Gold!!

“We need him on the floor. We project him to be our starting small forward, project him to play a lot of minutes for our team, project him to help us win games.”
- Milwaukee GM John Hammond on new acquisition Caron Butler.

Has this dude been watching the NBA over the last couple of years? Caron Butler is washed up.

“I don’t recruit. If anyone wants to play with me, I don’t mind playing with…..it could be anyone in the NBA, but as far as recruiting, I never did and never will.”
- Chicago’s Derrick Rose.

That stance may ultimately harm him but it’s a refreshing attitude in this day and age.

“As we look at the coming domestic television deal and a great playoffs and Finals, there’s a great buzz around the league right now. There aren’t any teams for sale but if there were [the price] would be robust.”
- Incoming NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

You can guarantee he’ll be crying poor at the next labour negotiations (in 2017).

“One obvious issue we all have to deal with is we need a new arena in Milwaukee. At the end of the day compared to other modern arenas in the league, this arena is a few hundred thousand square feet too small. It doesn’t have the sort of back-of-house space you need, doesn’t have the kinds of amenities we need. It doesn’t have the right sort of upper bowl/lower bowl (seating) configuration for the teams frankly that Milwaukee wants to compete against.”
- Adam Silver.

You’re on the clock, Milwaukee. Expect the Seattle group to swoop.

“Honestly, I don’t even know who’s on their [Brooklyn Nets] team. I’m not gonna lie.”

And this:

“I think the Lakers are going to go to the NBA Finals. I think Kobe [Bryant's] gonna be healthy, they’re gonna get Pau [Gasol]. The Lakers are gonna make a big trade like they always do. They’re gonna get another good player, boom, boom, and they’re gonna go to the Finals. I believe it. Kobe’s gonna come back, he’s gonna play team ball, and Pau’s gonna play well.”

And this:

“I know Floyd [Mayweather] and I feel like he’s not human. I don’t try to call him because it’s like I’m not calling a human.”
- New York’s Metta World Peace.

Fruit loop.

“There’s a reason these teams don’t do it. Emotionally, it’s just exhausting to keep doing it year after year, particularly when you have to deal with everything Miami has to deal with on a daily basis, just the constant critiquing and scrutiny on the team, and then you factor in the injuries with Wade and Bosh and their health. I don’t think Miami will get out of the East this year.”
- TNT analyst Steve Kerr on the chances that the Miami Heat will three-peat. Kerr is picking the Bulls to unseat the Heat. FYI – the last team to win back-to-back-to-back titles were the Lakers in 2000-02, and the last team to make four consecutive trips to the Finals were the Boston Celtics in 1984-87.

Barring a Greg Oden revival, I agree with him (though not necessarily with the Bulls).

“In hindsight, looking back, obviously I wish I had stayed in Toronto. There’s no doubt we could have contended for a championship.”
- Tracy McGrady.

It would have been interesting, that’s for sure.

“Our time is now. We have a short window to try to win.”
- Brooklyn’s Deron Williams.

He’s right, and I’d say it’s probably a one-year window given the state of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

“I’ve been doing nothing for the last 13 years, man, and having a blast doing it baby!”
- Dennis Rodman when asked what he gets up to these days.

You wouldn’t expect anything else.

“I’m not going nowhere.”
- New York’s Carmelo Anthony when asked about his impending free agency.

On this occasion, I believe him.

“I have absolutely no idea. I would love to spend the rest of my career in Miami with this great team and great organization as we continue to compete for championships. That’s ideal. But we don’t know what may happen from now to the end of the season. That’s the nature of the business. It’s the nature of not knowing what tomorrow brings. I mean, as a kid, I never thought the Bulls would break up. Never. If you’d of told me as a kid that [Michael] Jordan and [Scottie] Pippen wouldn’t play together for the rest of their lives, I’d have looked at you crazy. And Phil Jackson wouldn’t be the coach? I’d have looked at you crazy. But sometimes the nature of the business doesn’t allow things to happen like you would want them to. But we’ll see.”
- Miami’s LeBron James when asked about 2014 free agency.

Good answer. You can be sure that this decision will be strictly about winning for LeBron. He’ll stay in Miami if he feels they can keep contending for the next 2-3 years. However, if they lay an egg this season (i.e. miss the Finals) and/or Wade continues to decline and they can’t quickly retool, then all bets are off and he’ll probably go. And so he should.

“Walking in there, the main thing I wanted to do is upgrade the talent, and do it in a fashion that was sustainable for the long term. I didn’t want to try to take any shortcuts or try any quick fixes.”
- New Phoenix GM Ryan McDonough.

He’s done an excellent job. The Suns were clueless prior to his arrival and now they have a young stud (Bledsoe), some good prospects (Len/Goodwin), hoards of draft picks over the next two years and cap space. A team to watch.

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“Going back to the week or so we were getting this deal done during free agency, I mentioned to [Clippers head coach] Doc [Rivers] that I wanted to be in this situation because there was going to be pressure, because there was going to be expectations. I feel like when I look back at my career I’ve always done better and I’ve always been happier when there’s more expectation and more pressure….. I don’t want to come to work and have it be an AAU game. I want to come to work and have it be a very serious thing where we’re trying to win a championship. I treat this like a job.”
- New Clipper J.J. Redick.

That’s a great acquisition by the Clips.

“Listen, there just shouldn’t be three-hour NBA games. A three-hour NBA game goes against everything basketball is supposed to be — a fast-paced ballet of whirring athleticism, back-and-forth action, and fantastic players looping around the floor in coordinated geometric patterns.”
- Jeff Van Gundy on the need to reduce the length of an NBA game.

As usual, he’s bang on.

“I’m coming. I just feel as though I’m next up as far as shooting guards. If you look around, you know, Kobe [Bryant] and [Dwyane] Wade and those guys, they paved the way for a player like me and they’re almost done. It’s not like that, but I’m just saying, I’m coming. I just want everybody to know that.”
- Cleveland’s Dion Waiters.

To me, Waiters has the feel of a Monta Ellis type (i.e. an inefficient undersized two guard, who on balance does more harm than good).

“We have two of the top 10 players in the league, that’s a great start for having a chance to win the title.”
- Rockets GM Daryl Morey.

True.

“Only to the mamacitas.”
- Shaq when asked if he speaks Spanish.

For those who don’t know, ‘mamacita’ means hot chick.

“Mayor Bloomberg.”
- Deron Williams when asked by a reporter – “who runs this town, Nets or Knicks?”

Finally, a sensible response to that question.

“lol.”
- Brooklyn’s Reggie Evans on Twitter in response to J.R. Smith’s declaration to a New York/New Jersey Boys & Girls Club that he was “100 percent” sure that the Knicks would win it all this year.

The perfect response.

“Right. Maybe the Rucker Park Championship.”
- Brooklyn’s Jason Terry also responds.

Nice.

“I love it. I think it’s a great for sports. I think it’s great for us as a Knicks organization. To have somebody we can compete with on a consistent basis four times a year, I think it’s going to be the best rivalry in basketball for a long, long time.”
- Carmelo Anthony on the hype surrounding the Brooklyn Nets.

I agree, it’s good for the sport.

“If you’re into analytics, you look at Joe Johnson as the clear-cut guy taking the last-second shot. He was 9-for-10 with 24 seconds or less. So that would be your guy who is the closer.”
- Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd when asked who will take the last shot for the talent-laden Nets.

I wonder how Paul Pierce feels about that?

“That is so… small. I hope they have a great season and don’t have the chance for the No. 1 pick.”
- NBA Commissioner David Stern reminding the tanking Philadelphia 76ers that winning the draft lottery is a long shot even with the worst record. If the Sixers finish with the worst record in the NBA next year there’s still a 75 percent chance they will not land the top selection in the 2014 draft.

Whether they get the first pick or not, Philly are absolutely doing the right thing here.

“We have to remind, once again, that the lottery works. All the strange internet hand-wringing over late season tanking leaves us boggled. Think of the two most notorious late-season tank jobs of the modern era – both the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks punting the last two months of the 2006-07 season in order to attempt to grab more lottery balls for Greg Oden and Kevin Durant (in that order). Once the lottery rolled around, both the Celtics and Bucks “fell” as far as they could in that year’s draft order, to fifth and sixth respectively. The lottery works, because nobody is assured anything, and any team that thinks that it’s assured a certain pick is off their rocker, with a GM that is soon to be out of a job.”
- Yahoo! Sports’ writer Kelly Dwyer on the tanking issue which has recently gained steam in the blogging fraternity.

I don’t usually quote writers in this segment but he captures it perfectly here, the lottery works. Personally, I think it’s a shame that the TrueHoop guys – who seemingly have a lot of influence (ex. see what they almost single-handedly achieved with flopping the last couple of years) – have decided to focus on tanking as their ‘HoopIdea’ because there are other more pressing issues (i.e. the bloated regular season schedule) that need to be addressed.

“I’m good no matter what happens. If he starts or I start, whatever helps the team win, that’s what I’m down with.”
- Indiana’s Lance Stephenson on Danny Granger’s return to the line-up.

That’s a great attitude to have.

“OK, Dad, let me get this straight: You won four championships, and you go to a fifth Finals. Other coaches lose all the time. But poor Greggy can’t lose because he’s special. Can you please get over yourself? End of story.”
- Gregg Popovich’s daughter Jill, on what she said to her father to stop him feeling sorry for himself about their loss in the Finals. It worked. Popovich: “That started me on the path to recovery.”

She’s obviously as dry as him.

“I think I am 100 percent. I’m doing almost everything. I’m squatting, running, lifting almost every other day, just being back on the court after you have an ACL injury, you’re kind of hesitant at first about how you step, what way you should step, learning how to run, accelerate, accelerate while you run and while you’re slowing down. For me, I’m reacting right now where I don’t have to think about anything. If I want to get to a spot, I’m going to get there no matter what. It kind of feels good having that feeling again.”
- Derrick Rose.

I can’t wait to watch this guy play again.

“Danilo Gallinari and Tony Allen are the toughest defensive players in the NBA.”
- OKC’s Kevin Durant when asked who the best defensive players are. FYI – he was in Italy when he made this statement.

Ok, he gets a pass there, just.

“I would be one of the best 10 ever….(Questioner: Really?) Yes, anytime. It was easier, because in the NBA at that time it was one-on-one, always. One-on-one, I’m free. If it comes to two players guarding me, maybe…..Give me two months of practice, I kill everybody else. There was not a price [the Nets could have offered when they drafted him to go to the NBA]. There was national team. That’s it. The national team doesn’t have a price. It’s proud. It’s what you live for. And today, people don’t like to play for the national team. That’s very sad for me. (Questioner: what would he have averaged in the NBA?) One point a minute. Twenty minutes, 20 points. Forty minutes, maybe 60. (Questioner: Seriously?) Did you see me play? One point a minute at least. Do you know how many hours I practiced a day? Eight.”
- Oscar Schmidt, Brazilian great, five-time Olympian and now Hall of Famer. Schmidt was drafted by the Nets but never played in the NBA due to National team commitments.

Modest guy…


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