“I’m here to shine a bright light, not here to be a guy of death.”
- Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant on the ‘Slim Reaper’ nickname.
Yes you are.
“This is not a distraction to this team.”
- New York’s Raymond Felton in a prepared statement to the media after his arrest on felony gun charges.
The New York Knicks = a clown show.
“I didn’t do my due diligence… I didn’t know who the [North Korean] leader was, I shouldn’t have gone.”
- Kenny Anderson on his decision to join Dennis Rodman’s ‘All-Star’ squad for a game in North Korea.
“I was a little nervous. So I actually had a couple of tequila shots, and it helped me out so much.”
- Chicago’s Joakim Noah on his photo shoot with GQ Magazine.
Never change, Jo.
“Who? …. I know there’s a lot of publicity on the TV about the trade. It could change the balance of the West.”
- San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich when asked about his expectations for the newly acquired Austin Daye.
Consider yourself ‘Popped’, Austin.
“He’s a terrific player who’s playing with those other idiots up in Detroit. And they’re not going to win. They’ve got some idiots on that team. They’ve got some talented players who are not going to ever get it.”
- TNT analyst Charles Barkley on Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons.
“I have a lot of talent left in this body. I got room to still improve as a player and become my dominant self again, which I feel that I’m that now… I got a lot of games left in this body.”
- New York’s Amar’e Stoudemire.
“He’s a dog, you got to let him off the leash. We want him to go out there and be himself.”
- Kevin Durant on Russell Westbrook’s return from injury.
All this noise about the Thunder being better off without Westbrook, is nuts. Go ask LeBron how easy it is to win a title with only one star.
“Hmmm im the only white boy left in this team:)))”
- Washington’s Marcin Gortat on Twitter after teammate Jan Vesley was traded to the Nuggets.
This guy has no filter.
“Patty Mills was unbelievable. We never could really slow him down.”
- Clippers guard Chris Paul after Mills demolished the Clips with 25 points (16 in the fourth quarter) in Los Angeles.
He’s playing himself into a very nice contract this offseason.
“I love these All-Star Games. And I hate to say this, but when I watch em play, I think, well, I could kick his ass.”
- NBA legend Bill Russell at All-Star weekend.
Ah, the mind of a (retired) professional athlete.
“It wasn’t that it didn’t work, it’s just the atmosphere over there wasn’t the one that kind of promoted positive energy.”
- Indiana’s Andrew Bynum on his time in Cleveland.
So, it appears that it wasn’t Andrew Bynum after all. Probably. Maybe…
“I don’t want to go to a team, somewhere like the (Los Angeles) Clippers, that have Chris Paul and I’ll be kind of stuck behind him. I really want to go to a team that’s going to want me, need me, and hopefully I can get minutes in the first season.”
- Dante Exum.
Just praying he doesn’t land in Milwaukee. So what team would be the best fit for him? I think the Orlando Magic, alongside Victor Oladipo in the backcourt. (The expectations would be outrageous if he landed on the Lakers.)
“People think it’s so far-fetched that I would stay in Minnesota. And I’m not s——- on the Lakers, but we have the better team, the better foundation. I’m having fun.”
- Minnesota’s Kevin Love.
I don’t buy it. That’s technically true, Minnesota are the better team, now, but they’re still a massive disappointment with some serious flaws in their roster. He’s outta there.
“My message to the whole team was stop looking at Hoops Hype.”
- Sacramento Kings coach Michael Malone on his message to his team in the days leading up to the trade deadline.
Yes, it is addictive, just ask my wife.
“I happen to like them.”
- NBA commissioner Adam Silver on the sleeved jerseys.
You’re the only one. Oops, sorry Tom.
“It’s a miracle. You can’t keep the swag down.”
- The Lakers’ Nick Young, a.k.a. Swaggy P, on his relatively quick return from a knee fracture.
Do you think he likes his nickname?
“Not cool with @Steve Blake being gone AT ALL One of my closest teammates and psycho competitor GS picked up gem #smartmove”
- The Lakers Kobe Bryant on Twitter after teammate Steve Blake was traded to the Warriors.
More evidence that he can’t see the big picture.
“My feelings go out to him and his family. I wish him nothing but the best.”
- Chicago’s Derrick Rose when asked about Luol Deng being traded to Cleveland.
“I have no idea what he’s talking about.”
- Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni on Pau Gasol’s assertion that there needs to be more discipline within the team.
When Pau speaks up and complains you listen because he rarely does it, and when he does do it, he’s typically bang on. So you can bet this is the case here.
“Eight of them, huh? Not too bad for a guy who isn’t clutch.”
- Miami’s LeBron James after he hit a walk off game winner against the Warriors. After the game he was made aware that it was the eighth time in his career that he made a game-winning shot in the final second.
Think about that for a moment – EIGHT last-second game-winners!
“I am unrecruitable.”
- LeBron James on free agency.
In other words – ‘don’t call me, I’ll call you’. It will be very interesting if Miami comes up short this year.
“Maturity-wise, I’ve let (being the No. 1 option) go. I’ve let being the man go. I understand really in mainstream why and how people are infatuated with that area, but it’s difficult man. I’m over it. It’s just all about winning at the end of the day. It’s about being in the game. I mean everybody isn’t meant to take the last shot. Everybody isn’t going to be the MVP. It’s only for a very, very small percentage, for a small percentage of guys. I understand that, and I’m just lucky enough to be in this situation I am now, just competing at the highest level in the league. That’s good enough for me.”
- Miami’s Chris Bosh when asked about the idea that he may want to opt out in the offseason and become the top dog again on his own team.
Hard to see him leaving South Beach, unless LeBron takes his talents elsewhere.
“To this day I still don’t know what he did. I feel for (Bae’s family). I feel for them deeply. … I would do anything literally. This is Dennis Rodman talking. If they (North Korea) said, ‘We’ll take Dennis Rodman and we’ll let Kenenth Bae go,’ I’ll say, ‘You know what? I’ll do that. … Take me.’”
- Dennis Rodman on Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American, who is being held captive in a North Korean prison camp. Rodman has been criticised for not raising the issue to his buddy Kim Jong Un during his previous visits to North Korea.
“We have what we need.”
- Cavs owner Dan Gilbert on his team.
That pretty much sums up why the Cavs are where they are – this guy has no idea.
“Smith’s shot selection is grotesquely out of control in a way no team should permit.”
- Grantland’s guru Zach Lowe on Josh Smith.
I don’t usually quote writers here but this line is fantastic!
“I don’t have one. I’ve never really been a big valentines guy. I haven’t had a girlfriend since the 10th grade of high school.”
- Washington’s John Wall. NBA Media Day at All-Star weekend fell on Valentine’s Day so Tom and Benyam asked the All-Stars what their go-to movies are to impress the ladies.
If this is how he handles his money then maybe he can’t afford one.
“Yeah, of course. Playing for Australia is the first and foremost thing. To go over there for the World Championships this year is going to be great. The draw just came out and we have a decent draw. I think we have a good chance to do something special, something that an Australian team has never done before. Hopefully all the guys are on board, from what I know of. We’re going to go over and represent Australia good.”
- Patty Mills after the game against the Clippers in Los Angeles when asked by Benyam if he’s looking forward to the Basketball World Cup in Spain later this year.
Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova, Aron Baynes, Joe Ingles, Ben Simmons, Dante Exum and possibly even Andrew Bogut. He’s right, it could be special.
“He’s a clown, and he’s scared. I wouldn’t even waste my time on him if I ever saw him outside of the gym. He’s a clown.”
- Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins on Chicago’s Mike Dunleavy after the Kings home victory over the Bulls.
He needs to cut this stuff out.
“He called me a clown? I would like to respond but clowns can’t talk. So I’ll mime or make him some animal balloons or something. Oh, man. That’s the epitome of the pot calling the kettle black. Honestly, I’ve never been called that before. I guess there’s a first time for everything… His reputation speaks for itself. He has a short fuse and is easily irritated. You can’t really breathe on the guy without him flipping out. That kind of stuff happens. He’s susceptible to that and probably will be for the rest of his career… I haven’t had any issues with anybody in this league. I’m just going to leave it at that.”
- Dunleavy responds.
Just take the high road with Cousins and you will win every time.
“I’m so tired of talking about offense. I don’t care how many offensive guys you have — from Ryan, to Tyreke to Eric to A.D. to Jrue, the bottom line is you have to defend. … Our defense is horrible and you just can’t play offensive basketball all the time. All the top teams? Their defense is sound. Our defensive mindset has got to get better.”
- New Orleans coach Monty Williams.
“I already had a chip on my shoulder and it made me even worse. Now I’m going to kill everybody who is in front of me.”
- Indiana’s Lance Stephenson on missing out on the East All-Star team.
I love watching this guy. He’s naasty.
“I love the Warriors team, I really do. But they take way too many 3s; I don’t know what’s going on. They pass up even 90 % little runners to kick it out and shoot 3s, and it kicks them in the butt so many times.”
- Former Warriors coach Don Nelson.
Coming from the godfather of small-ball/three-point slinging, that stings. He’s right though.
“I don’t know. KG made him cry one time so he might not want to be around KG.”
- Brooklyn’s Paul Pierce when asked about Kevin Garnett’s sales pitch to the bought out Big Baby Davis. Davis signed with the Los Angeles Clippers.
That’s a good get for the Clips. Ideally they would have acquired a rangier defender to fill the back-up big man spot, but given the circumstances he’ll do. I’m on board now.
“I like the jackets those guys got with all the accolades… That’s pretty dope. I missed that.”
- Boston’s Rajon Rondo when asked if he missed being at All-Star weekend.
Those jackets are pretty sweet.
“As far as I know, it wasn’t on the court. It wasn’t in practice. It wasn’t in a game. I’m not really sure. It may have been sleeping, and I say that in all seriousness.”
- Warriors coach Mark Jackson on Andrew Bogut’s shoulder injury.
“I just wanted to address that the sleeping comment is absolutely ridiculous. I don’t know where it came from. I don’t know if I should read between the lines with it. The frustrating thing is: I don’t know when I hurt it against Utah. I just know after that game, it was a little sore. It hasn’t gotten better.”
- Bogut responds.
He could have been rightly furious over this.
”Without a doubt (when asked would he take a pay cut to help build a better team in NY). Any opportunity I have to build that up in New York, I’d do it. I told people all the time, always say, if it takes me taking a pay cut, I’ll be the first one on (Knicks owner) Mr. [James] Dolan’s steps saying: ‘Take my money and let’s build something strong over here.’….
At the end of the day that’s my first priority, to stay [in New York]. That’s my first priority. My priority is to figure it out, let’s figure it out together…My priority is not to just because I say I want to be a free agent, is to go leave. I never was a guy that comes into a situation and basically when it’s not going well to leave like that. That’s not my personality….
At the end of the season everything needs to be laid out on the table. From both parties. If that’s something we can grow with, we can build on, we can compete with at the highest level, then we’re rolling. If that’s not the plan that they have, then we got to talk about something else.”
- New York’s Carmelo Anthony.
On taking less money, I’ll believe that when I see it. If he’s smart (….) he’ll sign with the Bulls (assuming they amnesty Carlos Boozer).
“Us making the playoffs and my [free-agency decision] have nothing to do with each other.”
- Melo again.
Huh? Hasn’t he been out there saying that winning means everything? He’ll probably re-sign in New York. Fool.
“The big thing he taught me was about being what he called an effective assistant. A lot of guys can play coach. But he spent a lot of time talking to me about learning the NBA animal and trying to learn how to deal with players in a way that they will actually listen to what you’re saying so you can actually coach them instead of passing them the ball and giving them tips on their shot. One of the biggest things he always told me was don’t get into a conversation with an NBA player about a performance of their individual game unless you’ve rehearsed what you want to get accomplished in the conversation.
And it’s really true, particularly with older guys who are proven and have played for a lot of different coaches. You have to be careful, for instance, the first time you work out a player. Look at our guys, the guys they’ve played for. A guy like [Bobcats veteran forward] Anthony Tolliver has played for five or six really good NBA coaches, plus a really good college coach. So if you think you’re going to walk on the floor and start throwing out things to them if you haven’t studied their game and have a clear plan of what you want to get accomplished in your time with them, then you’re not going to be effective.”
- Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford on what he learnt from former assistant coach colleague Tom Thibodeau.
“The best thing that ever happened to me. I needed it. It helped me grow as a man. As a professional, as a father. At the time, as a boyfriend. It helped me grow. Being confined, I spent my whole life in Akron, Ohio. For twenty-five years. Even though I played professionally in Cleveland, I still lived in Akron. Everything was comfortable. I knew everything, everybody knew me—everything was comfortable. I needed to become uncomfortable. Now I’ve seen everything on and off the floor this league has to offer. I got an answer for everything. Winning, losing, being a free agent, staying, leaving, media, media down on you, media big up on you, agents, money, parking it, family, money. All, everything. So whatever your question is, I can deliver.”
- LeBron James on his 2010 decision to switch teams.
That, he can.
JT is the former Editor of the now defunct NBAMate. One of Australia’s original & most successful NBA blogs. You can find him on twitter @JThoopin.