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Shaquille O'Neal
I saw an old picture yesterday. I had on a suit, but my jacket was down to my calves.feedback
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Jun 21 2017
Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Tyronn Lue, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about NBA. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 204 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 497 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Kevin Durant is: “First of all, if everybody wanted Steph, he would have been the No. 1 pick. A lot of people passed on him. A lot of people doubted Steph, saying he wasn't going to be this good. Klay Thompson, he was just supposed to be this okay shooter in the league, like that's what you thought of Klay Thompson when he came in. Draymond, nobody wanted him. He was a 6-5 power forward. [They said] he couldn't play in the league, he couldn't start in the NBA. Shaun Livingston had a crazy knee injury.”.
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Dan Gilbert

On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank Griff for his leadership and many contributions during his time here, including most recently, his role in the franchise's first NBA Championship. We have no announcement at this time related to new leadership of the Cavaliers basketball operations group, but we are confident our current front office will continue to aggressively explore and pursue opportunities to improve our team in the weeks ahead.feedback

David Griffin

I am extremely excited for my next challenge in the NBA, however Dan and I know now that [the Cavs] are a team built on largely on the concept of fit and are now at the point where the fit is not right for us to continue with one another.feedback

Richard Jefferson

People forget, when you went to Miami, they had just lost in the first round. And you added Chris Bosh. I just remember when people talk about superteams and this and that and putting people together, it would have been like if you had joined the Boston Celtics after you had lost to them. To put it in comparison, the Golden State Warriors have been the best team the last three years. They broke NBA records for the last three years, and they added probably the second-best talent in the NBA.feedback

Adam Grant

Grit doesn't mean keep doing the thing that's failing. It means define your dreams broadly enough that you can find new ways to pursue them when your first and second plans fail. I needed to give up on my dream of making the NBA, but I didn't need to give up on my dream of becoming a halfway decent athlete.feedback

Kevin Durant

First of all, if everybody wanted Steph, he would have been the No. 1 pick. A lot of people passed on him. A lot of people doubted Steph, saying he wasn't going to be this good. Klay Thompson, he was just supposed to be this okay shooter in the league, like that's what you thought of Klay Thompson when he came in. Draymond, nobody wanted him. He was a 6-5 power forward. [They said] he couldn't play in the league, he couldn't start in the NBA. Shaun Livingston had a crazy knee injury.feedback

Steve Kerr

This kind of stuff happens very rarely in the NBA where you get a group of players this talented who are together in their primes. It's so rare so I know exactly how lucky I am. I love it, I love the group, I love coaching them every day and this is what I want to do for a long time. That's the plan so I just got to keep pushing forward. We never had any discussion about it either during the season -- that obviously would have been premature, that'd be bad karma to talk about that. But after the game that's the last thing on our minds. We're just trying to celebrate and enjoy everything.feedback

Kevin Durant

She loves LeBron. She's been a big LeBron fan for a long time. Everywhere he went, she's just a big fan. I don't even think she really watches basketball. That's what basketball is about, attaching yourself to players.feedback

Bryant Gumbel

If the NBA lockout is going to be resolved anytime soon, it seems likely to be done in spite of David Stern, not because of him. I say that because the NBA's infamously egocentric commissioner seems more hellbent lately on demeaning the players than on solving his game's labor issues. ….feedback

Kevin Durant

It felt really, really good, I had a lot of champagne last night. I'm a little better today, but I got more ahead … all summer.feedback

Andy Roddick

I don't know that my two dogs would do too well in the Incredible Dog Challenge. If one of the events is lay on the couch and snore, my dogs will be ready to go.feedback

Kevin Durant

She's seen me as a kid putting in work. She's seen how I come home after losses and how tough I take it … it feels good to see it come full circle.feedback

Kyle Korver

Even if Durant just makes you shoot a little faster than you want to, that's great defense.feedback

Kevin Love

You got to play both ends,'. I was ready for that.feedback

Steph Curry

Those are momentum swings, that only happen if we get stops.feedback

Steph Curry

You can't account for his length,'. You don't want to drive on him, because even if you get a step on him, he can still recover and meet you at the rim with his athleticism. When you get into a one-on-one situation with him, it really does feel like there's nowhere to go.feedback

LeBron James

I left everything on the floor every game, so I have no reason to put my head down. It's just not my time. It would have been great to see us at a full unit throughout the whole season so we can continue to build the camaraderie and chemistry out on the floor so you don't have to wait until April to see what you're capable of doing. We were able to hit the switch, but those games in January, November, games people think aren't important, they're important to me and they would have been important to our ball club.feedback

Kevin Durant

It's just a great group of guys, great community, great arena, great fans. I'm just so happy to be a part of it. I can't wait to celebrate with my teammates in the locker room.feedback

Dennis Rodman

Well, I'm pretty sure he's pretty much happy with the fact that I'm over here trying to accomplish something that we both need. I'm really looking forward to spending time with the wonderful people of North Korea and of course, visiting with the Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un. I want to thank the folks at PotCoin. They realized the importance of this trip and made it all possible for me.feedback

Steve Kerr

I want to say a special thank you to Mike Brown and my whole coaching staff.feedback

Kevin Durant

I came here to have fun. I wanted to be one of the guys. Right away, they didn't treat me like I was 'KD,' or act like they wanted me to be a kind of vocal leader. I was happy from Day 1.feedback

Steve Kerr

We all felt we needed some fresh blood anyway. Getting to the Finals a third year in a row is so difficult emotionally.feedback

Steve Kerr

This was not getting an isolation guy who needs the ball in his hands. He loves moving without the ball. He loves passing. He loves running the floor. He fit in to our system perfectly. We lost some key guys to get him, but you are talking about the second-best player in the world. You don't even think about it. You think, basically, it's a miracle: 'Holy s---, we are getting KD to this team.feedback

Kevin Durant

We just talked about life. When you get a good bond with someone, you can talk for hours.feedback

Steve Kerr

Those were basically the only two times we had anything to talk about as a team. What makes our team dynamic is Steph using high screens. We should have been doing more of that around Christmas. We basically told Steph, Just be you again. KD is going to get 25 no matter what.feedback

Daryl Morey

They are not unbeatable. We are used to long odds. If Golden State makes the odds longer, we might up our risk profile and get even more aggressive. We have something up our sleeve.feedback

Kevin Durant

You can talk about whatever you want to talk about, but nobody comes in and cares about the game or loves the game as much as I do or works as hard as do I at the basketball game. You can talk about whatever happens on the outside, but inside those lines, I come to bring it every day. I work hard, I believe in myself, I believe in the game, I respect the game, I love the game, and I knew at some point in my life that it will come around for me.feedback

Stephen Curry

We learned from everything we've been through. Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row, it's for these fans, for our organization, for these families. To be back here, bring [the trophy] back home, I'm just excited to do something special. I'm ready to do it again.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The only American who has met with the North Korean man child is Dennis Rodman. Isn't that frightening and sad? Crazy Dennis Rodman is saying I wanted to go to North Korea with him. Never discussed, no interest, last place on Earth I want to go to.feedback

LeBron James

I don't know, I have to think about it. It's great for basketball. For us to be able to add another category to the Olympics, another basketball category, I think it's pretty great. I haven't seen the full layout of how they plan on executing it ... are they going to use NBA guys, are they going to use college guys. I'm not quite sure.feedback

Danny Ainge

We are definitely not in punt mode. But trading away picks and promising young players for a veteran who might be 5 percent better is not in our plans, either.feedback

Danny Ainge

I like having targets in Cleveland and Golden State. I like trying to meet their standards. It might not happen in a year. It might not happen in five years. WIth them, it might never happen. That's how special they are.feedback

Daryl Morey

They are not unbeatable. There have been bigger upsets in sports history. We are going to keep improving our roster.feedback

Danny Ainge

You know where your competition is. The formula to become an elite team hasn't changed. What you're asking is if Golden State has changed things so that you have no chance.feedback

Danny Ainge

Something can happen that nobody foresees. I don't look at it as doom and gloom right now.feedback

Klay Thompson

That's what we want -- to be contenders for years and years. So far, so good.feedback

Klay Thompson

I don't feel like I sacrificed at all. I'd rather be a part of something that could leave a legacy. There is more to basketball than getting yours, or being the guy. I hope I do this for a long time for the Warriors. It was pretty seamless.feedback

Jeff Van Gundy

I've noticed a lot, in this series, the debate why Tristan Thompson, has not played well. And he hasn't played well. But the debate about whether his significant other Khloe Kardashian and the Kardashian curse is the reason, to me, is downright low rent…this Kardashian shaming is because she's an easy target. And I don't know her or her family. But I do know this: She deserves an apology from anybody who participated in that type of debate.feedback

LeBron James

I'm not very good in a 3-on-3 thing. I'm more of a 5-on-5 guy. I stay out of the 1-on-1 matchups during our practice, the 2-on-2s and the 3-on-3s. So probably not. I probably won't be a part of the 3-on-3 matchup that it has to offer. I think it's great for basketball. For us to be able to add another category to the Olympics, another basketball category, I think it's pretty great. I haven't seen the full layout of how they plan on executing it and are they going to use NBA guys are they going to use college guys. I'm not quite sure.feedback

Steve Kerr

We have a whole different set of weapons that we can go to. So do we get him the ball more? Do we get him the ball in a different place? He's already doing pretty well. How can we exploit him in other ways, put him on one side and attack the other side of the floor, create a switch?feedback

Klay Thompson

It's a new year, and we control our own destiny, so we just have to think about tomorrow and not think about anything else.feedback

Klay Thompson

It's a different year. Thinking about last year does you no good. You just have to learn from it. You take the good and the bad.feedback

Stephen Curry

This year's a totally different year. I'm confident. I'm energetic and positive about the opportunity we have in front of us tomorrow. The past is the past. It's definitely fueled us all year, just trying to keep that hunger to get back to the stage. But we understand we're one win away from getting the job done, and we have a chance to write our own story this year, so this is going to be a fun night and want to just keep a clear focus to what's going on in the present, for sure.feedback

LeBron James

I don't like it. It causes too much stress, man. I'm stressed out. Keep doing this every year. But listen, at the end of the day we just got some resilient guys. They got us where they want us. At the end of the day, we want to just try to put ourselves in position to play another game, and we did that and hopefully we can do it Monday night where we can come back here. So our mindset is try to go up there and get one.feedback

LeBron James

We have championship DNA. We showed that tonight. We just kept our composure. We shared the ball, we moved the ball and defensively we were physical. It's one game.feedback

LeBron James

I didn't hear it, but some of the other guys heard it and told me that they wanted to celebrate on our floor once again and they wanted to spray champagne in our locker rooms. I think it came from [Warriors forward] Draymond [Green), which is OK, that's Dray anyway.feedback

Mark Tatum

Today's announcement by the IOC to include 3-on-3 basketball in the 2020 Olympics is great news and continues to signify the growing popularity of basketball around the world. The last few years, we have made a major push in 3-on-3 basketball with our nationwide Dew NBA 3X tour and several international 3-on-3 competitions and the Olympic stage will provide these elite athletes with the opportunity to further demonstrate their talents.feedback

Charles Barkley

Listen, I am embarrassed about how fat I have become. I have become lazy … I am not healthy.feedback

Charles Barkley

I'm taking the next six weeks to get my fat a– in shape. [I won't be] around anything. So, I don't drink, I gotta eat healthy, and I gotta work out. So, I'm disappearing until I see y'all. I'm being serious. I'm being very serious. I felt bloated and big. I feel good. My body is starting to look like a person again! I've been fat for a long time.feedback

LeBron James

I wear the number because of Mike. I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish. When you're watching Michael Jordan it's almost like a god. So I didn't think I could be Mike.feedback

Kevin Love

We feel like any game that we walk on the floor we have a great game plan and we expect to win. But we just continue to have that fire, continue to be resilient, but right now it's just becoming one game at a time.feedback

Kevin Love

We're a resilient group, resilient team. We have been in this situation before. Every year's different, every playoff series, every game, but we just are a team that never count ourselves out.feedback

LeBron James

It's going to be even tougher in Game 5, but we look forward to the challenge. We know it's going to be very difficult, but if we can continue to not turn the ball over like we've done the last two games, if we can continue to defend and keep bodies on bodies, we give ourselves a good chance.feedback

Klay Thompson

(16-0) would have mattered but that's gone now. But 16-1 sounds pretty good.feedback

Amos Tversky

I've been in a thousand arguments over this topic. I've won them all, and I've convinced no one.feedback

LaVar Ball

I don't regret anything I say ... never. First of all, she was disrespectful by saying that Lonzo was so scared that he didn't want to talk to her. Lonzo didn't want to talk to her because she was disrespecting me, so why would my son ever want to talk to you?feedback

LaVar Ball

I spanked them once, to let them know there are repercussions at times. But my boys are respectful, and usually my voice is enough.feedback

LaVar Ball

I ain't stepping back to nothing. ... I don't step back. Why would I change?feedback

LaVar Ball

I told them, If you're going to be disrespectful to your mom, I want you to be all the time.' So, excuse my language right here, but if you want to say, Good morning, b----,' that's fine with me. I'm not going to say nothing. If you want to call your mom a b----, that's fine. But don't get sick, when your stomach is hurting and you want me to care for you because you know I ain't. ... She'll clean up the throw-up, the s---, whatever. She'll take care of what you want. ... So don't wait until you need something, or you need her to make you something, and now you want to be nice to her.feedback

LaVar Ball

So they never disrespect their mom, or talk back to her, or say nothing. Because I say, In the long run, you're going to need her before you need me.feedback

LaVar Ball

She wants to talk and she can get out a few words. I'm rebooting her now right now. She's saying, LaVar, you're right. You are right.' That's all I want to hear her say. Now we can get another 25 years having a good time. She is going to get better with me.feedback

LeBron James

My mindset is to try to get every game. Tomorrow's another important opportunity for us and for myself, obviously, to continue the series. It's been a long season, and you hate for it to end this way. So mentally and physically, I got to prepare myself for that.feedback

LeBron James

I knew it was going to be one of the toughest challenges I've had because of the firepower they have and because of the mindset they were going to have. They're a hungry group. You can sense that. You've seen that throughout this postseason. You've seen it the first three games of the Finals. And they have so much talent, a ton of talent and they work well together.feedback

Stephen Curry

We want to win the championship however way we can do it. That's our goal.feedback

Stephen Curry

Talking about it is good because it kind of keeps you in the moment and the understanding that every game we have is an opportunity to do something great. Whether it comes together or not, that's my attitude, my perspective on just playing basketball and enjoying this moment because for five years of my career, we didn't even come close. So I've got to appreciate it while we got it.feedback

Stephen Curry

Because our expectations are much greater now. This is our third time around. The regular season is obviously important. You have to lay the foundation for what kind of team you're going to be going into the playoffs and hopefully the ultimate goal of playing in these games. But you have to embrace the challenge and the atmosphere. I appreciate how hard it is to win a championship and what I need to do individually to try to make that happen.feedback

Stephen Curry

I'm not dealing with an MCL situation. It never was an excuse last year. I should have played much better. But yeah, there's a lot of factors that go into that, obviously. We've played only [15] games so far. We managed our minutes throughout the year a lot better, and I've been smarter about just taking care of my body. So this is the moment we've obviously been looking forward to. There's really no excuse for us not to be playing well.feedback

Andy Enfield

I'm all for individual players trying to make a living in the NBA, but it seems that too many underclassmen stay in the draft and do not get drafted.feedback

Tyrus Thomas

I got drafted in June, but in January, I wasn't even thinking about the NBA. Six months changed my life. College wasn't structured in anyway similar to the NBA except for the demand of the time. What are you going to implement in the college system to prepare them? An extra year to do what?feedback

Kevin Durant

Teams have great nights in this league, and it's the NBA, so that can happen a lot. But when you're the one making the run, you could definitely feel the other team looking for answers and being deflated as the game goes on.feedback

Zaza Pachulia

Basketball is in our DNA. It's been here for years, for years and years and generations. We have pretty successful players throughout history. Basketball's definitely a very important Georgian sport. They're anxiously watching and supporting and cheering for our team, so I'm really lucky and feel very privileged to represent my country.feedback

Zaza Pachulia

I know that my country has my back and they have supported me throughout the years, and especially this time in my career I have a chance to do something special for my country and become a world champ.feedback

Kris Jenkins

Yeah, well, last time I checked and looked, nobody had me getting drafted. So that's enough for me right there. My uncle is a huge Wizards fan. So he was probably the most hype. It's a blessing. You always root for the hometown team, you always want them to do well. Honestly it's humbling to be in this position, to grow up in this area, to have some games here and play college ball here and then come back and work out for the Wizards.feedback

Kris Jenkins

We competed and went hard. This is my first one, so I'm just thankful and happy for the opportunity to start it off right and in the hometown.feedback

Charles Barkley

There's nothing more nerve-wracking than Stanley Cup overtime hockey. It's the craziest thing you're ever going to see, so that's one reason I just love the sport. They say it's crazy, and the playoffs have been amazing. I'm not breaking earth-shattering news. The NBA playoffs have not been very good. I think we showed a stat we've only had four basketball games in the playoffs that were less than double digits. So it's not been a lot of fun broadcasting games this year.feedback

LeBron James

You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled last year, that we saw in the regular season and in the post-season, and then in the off-season you add a high-powered offensive talent like (Durant) and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out. I've seen a lot of great teams and they rank right up there. They work well together. They have some guys that can actually lead a franchise without anybody else.feedback

Steve Kerr

It's been a great run, but none of that matters unless we can finish the job. Heading to Cleveland we're gonna have to be a lot smarter. If we play that game in Cleveland, we're not winning.feedback

Kevin Durant

We can't give up 23 points off our turnovers. Especially a championship team like that, they're going to thrive off it. We could play hard every possession, but can we play smart?feedback

Tyronn Lue

We have to stop the ball. That's the most important thing. We can't let Durant get easy baskets like that. With him being probably one of the best scorers in the NBA, you can't give guys like that easy opportunities at the basket.feedback

Klay Thompson

That's not a big deal at all. If I score six points a game and it gets us four wins and an NBA championship, I can do that every year. I'm not about getting numbers. I'm not about getting these gaudy stats. If you win the last game, you had a great season. And that's our goal. That's what we come to expect every year now. I was happy with my performance on (the other) side of the ball, being locked in defensively. It didn't matter who I was guarding, I was trying to make it tough on them just to get a good look.feedback

Kevin Love

The game playing in the fashion that it did... you want to get out there right away. You leave wanting more. We have a couple days here where we can get our legs underneath us. Guys who played heavy minutes get their rest, get their recovery, get in the gym, take care of your body, whatever you need to do. We'll be keyed up and ready to go for Sunday.feedback

Tyronn Lue

Just getting a chance to see how they play, the style of play, how fast they play, you can't really simulate that in practices. You got to really get out here and get a chance to do it first hand. When we experience that, we're able to adjust, we're a lot better.feedback

LeBron James

That's when they become very dangerous because those guys, they sprint down the lane, they sprint to the 3-point line, they put a lot of pressure on your defense. But the ball is the number one thing. We got to stop the ball first and then fan out to the 3-point line if those guys go there.feedback

Stephen Curry

A lot of us have been through both sides of a championship run and a Finals. You're not going to see crazy celebrations. You're not going to see us getting ahead of ourselves. We're going to enjoy what we do on the floor and going to be passionate about it and have each other's backs when we're out there, but every 48 minutes is a separate event.feedback

Kevin Durant

This is where every player wants to be, the highest level of basketball. That's what you dream about as a kid, is to play at the highest level. So I wouldn't be doing my teammates any good if I wasn't just enjoying the moment, no matter what. So I just tried to stay locked in on that and at the same time have some fun.feedback

Michael Brown

This team is the champion, and in order to take it we're going to have to be at our best.feedback

Kevin Durant

So that's the most important thing, but individually, just work on my game, like I said, approach the game like I always do, and we'll see what happens.feedback

Jeff Van Gundy

I think they're the prohibitive favorite. I think when you're the prohibitive favorite against LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, that means you're a heck of a team, and they sure are.feedback

Stephen Curry

Obviously not really dealing with any bumps or bruises really besides this elbow that's not really a factor. So other than that, feeling fresh.feedback

Iman Shumpert

Since I've been in this league, it's hard to get to the playoffs, let alone march all the way to the finals. But I think we got a great group of guys, headlined by one of the best guys to ever do it. That gives us a chance in any game.feedback

Klay Thompson

What happened in the past in my mind doesn't really count now unless we go out and finish the deal. So as long as I perform at this stage now and play my hardest, that's all I can ask for. It's been working up to this point, so I can't change what I'm doing.feedback

Stephen Curry

Probably will. Just a little bit of swelling but it has nothing to do with my performance. It doesn't hurt or anything like that, so I don't really think about it much. It's just trying to control that. We'll see. It worked pretty well in Game 4 of last series.feedback

Dirk Nowitzki

Dear Philipp, congrats on a truly fantastic career. You've won it all both internationally and domestically, not to mention the World Cup. You can genuinely be proud of everything you've achieved.feedback

Damian Lillard

He would always tell me, Everything is a setup,' . You just know that you've got to be more in their space. I know when a guy gives me space and I come off the pick-and-roll clean, that's a shot that I'm looking for because people want three points over two points now, especially with so many guys that can take and make that shot. So when I'm guarding a guy like that, I'm aware of it.feedback

Terry Stotts

We switched and switched, he really couldn't get anything off and he shot a great shot. Sometimes, that's what great players do. For 95 percent of the league, that defense is going to be a miss.feedback

Tyronn Lue

We're not going to use that as motivation. It's like, we're in the NBA Finals. That's enough motivation alone. Not worry about what it says in Vegas or what people are saying about underdogs. We're not using that as an excuse. We've got to come out and play. Our goals were set at the beginning of the season, and that's to win a championship. So, that's what we're focused on. I like guys like that ... says what he really wants.feedback

Michael Brown

I don't care who you're playing, to make it to the NBA Finals, to win your conference finals, it's a big task.feedback

LeBron James

I've been very blessed the last few years to be a part of this league and play on the big stage. But we're going to enjoy this for a couple more days before we have to lock in on that juggernaut out west.feedback

Kevin Durant

I think this move, and the criticism that comes with this move, has made me zero in on what's the most important thing, and that's just playing basketball, working out every day, getting better, enjoying every single day as a basketball player. It made me really appreciate that. It made me go back to that. When you listen to the nonsense, then you start to really let it take control of your thoughts, that's [not good], you know what I'm saying? So I just got back to the game.feedback

Kevin Durant

Like I'm the reason why (expletive) Orlando couldn't make the playoffs for five, six years in a row? Am I the reason that Brooklyn gave all their picks to Boston? Like, am I the reason that they're not that good (laughs)? I can't play for every team, so the truth of the matter is I left one team. It's one more team that you probably would've thought would've been a contender. One more team. I couldn't have made the (entire) East better. I couldn't have made everybody (else) in the West better.feedback

Bob Myers - Golden State Warriors

If something changes and he feels better, I'll sit here -- or hopefully he'll sit here -- and he'll tell you. But right right now I can't say he will be coaching.feedback

Jewel Harris

Oh ya, and one more surprise, we're having another baby! Hi everybody. We decided to share with the world what's been going on with our family in the past five days. We know a lot of you congratulated us on the expectancy of our little baby girl, but we had her five months early. She's five days old today, and her name's Dakota, and she weighs one pound.feedback

LeBron James

My motivation is this ghost I'm chasing. The ghost played in Chicago. You guys are going to have the conversations about who is greatest of all time and things of that nature. It doesn't matter to me. At the end of the day, it's so funny that the conversation is always talked about in the NBA about who is the greatest but it's never talked about in the NFL about who is the greatest quarterback. It's just like: (Dan) Marino, (John) Elway, (Peyton) Manning and (Tom) Brady. All great quarterbacks. You know, and it should be the same for us.feedback

Nick Bogdanovich

We are extremely excited to add the NBA Finals MVP Award to our wagering menu. With so many All-Stars on the court at the same time, this is a fantastic Finals to start offering it.feedback

Stephen Curry

Playing in this league, you can't take anything for granted. Thirty teams suit up every year trying to get to this point, and only two teams do. So you have to appreciate it. ... We need to understand the privilege that we have and the opportunity that we have to play in the Finals again, to have the opportunity to win a championship.feedback

Chase Strangio

This is a disgrace from the NBA but not surprising. Lessons in why you should never trust corporations as your allies.feedback

Roy Cooper

I'm glad the NBA recognizes the progress we've made and will continue to be a partner as we push for statewide LGBT protections.feedback

Michael Jordan

We are thrilled the league has awarded NBA All-Star 2019 to the city of Charlotte. We want to thank Commissioner Silver for his leadership throughout this process and for the decision to bring NBA All-Star back to Buzz City. All-Star Weekend is an international event that will provide a tremendous economic impact to our community while showcasing our city, our franchise and our passionate Hornets fan base to people around the world. We look forward to serving as hosts for NBA All-Star 2019 and welcoming all visitors and guests to Spectrum Center.feedback

Stephen Curry

We all know, obviously, who we're going to play. We'll be watching the Eastern Conference Finals to see how that unfolds. But it will be easy to start this new chapter and really just lock in on what's in front of us.feedback

Hamidou Diallo

I hope to play in the NBA one day -- just not this season. Based on the information I received by testing the waters, I believe it's in my best interests to return to school. Although I was a part of the team last season and trained with my teammates, I never fulfilled another one of my dreams, which was to play for a major college program and win a national title. I am excited about returning to Kentucky for the 2017-18 season. I can't wait to play in a Kentucky jersey for the first time.feedback

Gregg Popovich

They're REALLY talented, but that's not the whole equation. That's not everything that describes them. This is maybe the best defensive team in the league, on top of everything. So they don't just play with talent, they execute on the defensive end of the floor. On offense, no team is more unselfish, finding the open man. ... They get credit for that. Coaches are always trying to get their team to do that, but they've got a multitude of people who are unselfish in that regard and play a beautiful game, and on top of that play D on the other end.feedback

Kevin Durant

Just getting to that point, you know how hard it is and how much work you put in to start the season. So, it's a little different now, obviously. I feel like we could definitely be better.feedback

Kevin Durant

We have a bigger goal in mind. I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference finals was almost like the championship.feedback

Stephen Curry

This year is a totally different year, different group, a different journey.feedback

Steve Alford

It goes without saying that we're thrilled to have Aaron back for his junior season. He played a major role in our success last season, and we're going to rely on him in a big way as we move forward. He's a team-first guy and a high-character individual. Aaron's prepared to make even greater strides as a junior, and we can't wait to see him to continue to develop.feedback

Gregg Popovich

He's one of those guys you have to be thrilled for. Not many of us paid [150] bucks and ended up in a miracle like he has. You can see the progress he's made. It's thrilling for us as a staff. We're really happy for him, because he's going to have an NBA career now. He's going to have a future in the NBA. He came along at both ends of the court and started to figure out what professionalism is and what it takes to be a consistent player.feedback

Kevin Durant

Yea, it's a little different, definitely. I can't lie. I went when I was 23-years-old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was almost like the championship. Just getting to that point, you know how hard it is and how much work you put in to start the season. So, it's a little different now, obviously.feedback

Michael Brown

There are things on both sides of the ball that we can clean up, and that's what's, I guess, got our guys' attention or focus. We've been preaching certain things, and for the most part, they've been doing it, but to get to our ultimate goal of winning the whole thing, we've got to be better on both ends of the floor.feedback

Shaka Smart

Andrew has taken a mature approach to gathering feedback from NBA teams about areas where he can continue to grow. His work ethic has been terrific, and he is highly motivated to develop and help his team win. Our coaching staff is very excited to help him continue to move forward, on and off the court.feedback

Rawle Alkins

Declaring for the NBA Draft has taught me more than I could have imagined and has been an incredible experience. I can't wait to help the Wildcats win a national championship next year with a great team, great coach, and the most amazing fans in the world behind us!!feedback

Isaiah Thomas

I want to be an All-Star. I want to be All-NBA. One day I want to be an MVP. That's not just me talking, that's goals that I have. The least I can do is go out there and play for her. [Bryant reaching out is] the craziest thing that's happened to me. I remember when I was at home in Washington and I was on the phone and my mom kept saying, Who are you talking to?' I'm like, I had to put it on mute and I told her, It's Kobe!' She started tripping a little bit.feedback

Ray Allen

The free throws right now is his nemesis. I've been consistently in the top five in the NBA in free throws, so what better person to learn it from?feedback

Sam Poser - Sterne Agee Group

[Foot Locker's] improving product offerings, excitement around Nike's NBA sponsorship, remodel lifts, and overall high engagement with customers should continue to drive results and share gains.feedback

Stephen Curry

Also, what I see amongst these teams is sometimes winning isn't that important. But, I don't know. It's really not my opinion, but winning can't be that important.feedback

Stephen Curry

He definitely deserved to be on one of those teams. I know it's obviously a tough vote every year to figure out who goes where, but that's a guy that had an amazing season. He was very consistent all year long. He definitely deserved to be in that spot.feedback

Isaiah Thomas

We can't panic. It's only one game. One game. They took care of business and we just gotta take care of business in Game 2. We're not just happy to be here. We want to win this series. And that's what we're trying to do. We want to let everybody in this world know that we're for real and that we're one of the top teams in the NBA. With this series, we gotta go out and show the world. Everybody knows that everybody is counting us out. And we've been there before, though. It's nothing new for us.feedback

Jason Smith

Playing with John is an amazing experience. His ability to put pressures on defense, coming at you full court 100 miles per hour, is not fun when you're on the other end. I've had that experience, and it's not fun. But being on the same team as him is a completely different experience because for me as a shooter, you just wait for him to pass the ball. He's going to get you open because he is so dangerous attacking the rim, getting guys open, getting guys involved and that's what the game is about. You get your teammates involved and have some fun with it.feedback

David West

We've got a lot of experience and guys who have seen just about every sort of mix you can find in the NBA, so that's been the joy, also just sort of figuring out what works for us defensively with all the different moving parts we have. Personally, I expected us to take a little bit longer. That was a surprise just how well we all sort of meshed.feedback

Daryl Morey

Happy @James Harden was able to bounce back from his tough 29/8/6 performance last season to prove again he is one of the 15 best NBA players.feedback

John Wall

I know all about those [options]. I haven't talked to my agents and stuff like that. I don't know if I have to talk about an extension and all that because so much more you can get later down the road and what's at stake. I just sit back with my family, my team and see what we want to talk about and see if there's anything to discuss this summer or just wait.feedback

Indiana Pacers

Hey, you know that rule about having to wear a number on the front of the jersey? Nobody said it had to be smack-dab in the center, right? If we made it smaller and moved it up and over to one side, we'd have room for all sorts of cool stuff, like an outline of the Denver skyline. But it needs something more to put it over the top. Hmmm. How about wraparound rainbow striping? Yes!feedback

Danny Ainge

It's two completely different situations: One is a lot about the future, and one is in the present. This team is a lot of fun to be around this year.feedback

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

They're there less than six months. It's not even six months and they're gone. It's a travesty, I think. They're just using the college system as a stepping stone to the NBA, and that's really unfortunate. I think an education is vital to having a good life, and these guys aren't getting that opportunity. It's sad.feedback

Larry King

Ovechkin is a superior hockey player. Knocking Ovechkin is like knocking Chris Paul for not winning an NBA championship, Ernie Banks for never winning a World Series. It's crazy. Ovechkin is a superior player. Did he give up that one defensive lapse? Yes. But the guy who won that game [Wednesday] was Fleury. It wasn't the Penguins. It was Fleury! The Caps should have had five goals in the second period. How is that choking? … The Caps are a better team. The Caps are a better team than the Penguins, but Fleury won that game. But that doesn't mean they choked.feedback

Joe Borgia

We see this quite often in the NBA where that defender, they just go a little too far and you're not allowed to take the landing area away from the jump shooter. Obviously a very dangerous situation for players, and the referee luckily stayed on that play all the way until the shooter landed and the foul was called on the play.feedback

Frank Mason III

I said, In my sleep, because I wouldn't want to suffer from any pain or anything, so I'd just rather be asleep around my son and my family. I think that's the most important thing. On the offensive side, I just let my skills show. I'm a very good playmaker, I've been shooting the ball a lot better, good passer, and it's always team-first with me.feedback

Cody Cejda

There's finally a NBA player who plays hard and says the right things off the court.feedback

Kevin Durant

Stay your (expletive) home, work out and get better on your own time. I remember it like it was yesterday. All the strength coaches were laughing at me and (expletive). They were giggling with each other that I couldn't lift 185 pounds, and I was like, All right, keep laughing. Keep laughing.' It was a funny thing, because I was the only one that couldn't lift it and I was struggling to lift it. I was embarrassed at that point, but I'm like, Give me a basketball, please. Give me a ball.feedback

Kevin Durant

I figured they knew who they were going to draft already. But that says a lot, as well. I was the No. 2 pick, and I couldn't lift 185 pounds. That shows you that basketball isn't really that type of sport. Now [players aren't attending], but back then, every player was there.feedback

Tyronn Lue

So two of the teams that have been in back-to-back Finals -- so, why not? Why not want to see it again? I don't see why it would be a problem. I think last year had some of the best ratings, I think, in NBA history. I think now with them adding [Kevin] Durant and the way they're playing, the way we're playing, it can be even higher.feedback

Isaiah Thomas

Avery's the best on-the-ball defender in the NBA - hands down. A guy like John Wall you're not gonna stop.He does a hell of a job on him. He makes it tough. Nothing's easy. And that's what Avery Bradley does, each and every night.feedback

Jeremy Lin

It's crazy. My teammate started yelling at the ref, you just heard it, it was impossible for you not to hear that. How could you not do something? And the ref just pretended like nothing happened. That was when I was like, yo, this [kind of racism and prejudice] is a beast. So when I got to the NBA, I thought, this is going to be way worse. But it is way better. Everybody is way more under control. To this day in the NBA, there are still some times where there are still some fans that will say smaller stuff and that is not a big deal. But that motivates me in a different way.feedback

Jeremy Lin

The biggest thing about me was no one had ever seen a player like me in terms of just my natural appearance. So coming out of college, everybody who criticized me was like, he is too weak and not fast enough and not athletic enough. And if you look at the combine stuff, me and John Wall were tied for first in the fastest sprint. So my speed and the stats were there, but every time they would write about me, they would say he is not going to be fast enough, he is not going to be strong enough, he is not athletic enough.feedback

Kevin Durant

But, hey, like I said, I knew I was the most skilled player there. I knew I was the best player in the draft. I knew my skillset was a little different from everybody else and [they] couldn't guard me. [They] still can't.feedback

Kevin Durant

I just stuck with what I did, man. My body type is not the one to get yoked up and cut up. I knew that. My mom told me that too. I was feeling down about it because everybody needed something to say about me. So, my mom was like, That's not who you are. You're never going to be Alonzo Mourning, that type of built.' I always wanted to be a basketball player. I didn't want to be a weight lifter. I knew how important your body was. I'm getting that now as an older player and I realize that, but it's about flexibility with me because I'm never going to be strong.feedback

Kevin Durant

I knew that for sure. I knew that. And I knew that you don't need to [bench press] to lift a basketball up. And I knew that this wasn't football where that stuff matters. I knew as a basketball player, I had a lot of skill, more skill than anybody in the draft. And I knew that if I worked as hard as hard as I could, then that s--t wouldn't matter at the end of the day. It still doesn't matter. I was ranked the last person in camp, drills-wise. I was the worst player, and the first player didn't get drafted. That tells you a lot about the significance of that s--t.feedback

Kevin Durant

It's good for guys who are trying to fight their way into the first round, fight their way into the draft ... go to play. But if you're like a top pick and you know you're going to be a top pick, just work out. Just work on your game and then they'll see you in the individual workouts and they've been watching you all year, so your whole body of work is more important than just going there for a couple of days.feedback

Kevin Durant

You could look at [vertical], but how can you use that in a basketball set? You can be the highest jumper but if you don't use it in a basketball game, you don't show your athleticism, you stay grounded all game, then it's not really doing you any good...Play one-one and five-on-five and that's how you really see who the best basketball players are. A lot of sh--t that don't have to do with the game, they try to put in there but I understand. It's the combine.feedback

Mike Anderson

It was great for these guys to go through the process and test the waters of the NBA draft, but we couldn't be happier to have them back in a Razorback uniform next year. Jaylen and Daryl will be instrumental in what we want to accomplish next year, as we continue to take our program to the next level.feedback

Jeremy Lin

In Vermont, I remember because I had my hands up while the Vermont player was shooting free throws [that] their coach was like, Hey ref! You can't let that Oriental do that! I was like, what is going on here? I have been called a c–k by players in front of the refs, the refs heard it because they were yelling it [like,] 'Yeah, get that out, c–k!' And the ref heard it, looked at both of us and didn't do anything. To this day in the NBA, there are still some times where there are still some fans that will say smaller stuff and that is not a big deal. But that motivates me in a different way.feedback

Daryl Macon

I just couldn't let it go, I had to come back for one more year. I have the same feeling right now as I did when I first signed with Arkansas. It's the greatest feeling in the world knowing I'm coming back to be a Razorback for another year. Sometimes it's hard to see it right now, but getting a degree would mean a lot to me in the future. I know my mom would be so proud to see me walk across that stage and that means more to me than anything.feedback

Jaylen Barford

The way last season ended still drives me to this day. That bitter taste in our mouths is still there and we have unfinished business to take care of next season. To see where I came from in junior college and now in the SEC, I know I can still get better. I want to continue to improve my game.feedback

Anthony Rizzo

There are a lot of ideas floated out there. Every overtime and extra time in sports is so exciting except baseball. It just drags and drags, where you have the NBA overtime, the NHL overtime, NFL, it's so exciting. Baseball, it's just a little (meh).feedback

Camille Moute

I didn't want to do what my father did to me. So I say, Go. Let's see how you do.' I never thought in my mind Luc would be in the NBA.feedback

Isaiah Thomas

Kelly's not trying to make anybody mad. Not to put anything on Kelly, but he's just not like that. I guess you can pick and choose who you want to do that to. Like I said, they know who to target. They know who to go at. The whole NBA knows certain players they can target and certain players they can't.feedback

Tyronn Lue

But it's just, I don't like it when they make stuff up. If I didn't do a good job or I didn't do something [correctly], then I understand that. That's your job. You got to write it. But when you make stuff up, that's the part that I don't get that kind of makes me mad. I don't like the media attention. That's why this job is just so tough because you're out in front all the time. It's tough because whatever you say, if you say one wrong thing -- especially leading this team -- it goes viral. It's a big deal.feedback

Tyronn Lue

That's why I know that the media has to do what they have to do, because when you rest [LeBron], they cry, Oh, he should play! [Michael] Jordan would never sit!' And then you play him 42 minutes: 'He's playing too much!' Like, what? So if you don't play, you mad. If you play too much, you mad. ... And I've come to the realization that it is what it is. That's why I just try to tune the outside noise out.feedback

Tyronn Lue

It's the hardest job, by far. It's the hardest job. But I've been through a lot of tough things in my life anyway, and I just try not to listen to the outside noise -- to the media and what they have to say. As long as I have the support of [Cavs general manager] David Griffin, [principal owner] Dan Gilbert, my players, the city of Cleveland, the state of Ohio, as long as I have that support, that's all that matters.feedback

Tyronn Lue

Last year and probably the year before when Coach [David] Blatt was here, I just got so caught up in trying to be perfect and do the right thing every single time that you never take time for yourself or you never have time to enjoy it, and I think this year, I think you can see I'm kind of different. I'm enjoying it more. I'm trying to enjoy it more and not let the outside noise get to me. ... [Drew] taught me how to just take a step back and you got to live and take time for you and enjoy it, and if you don't, it will kill you.feedback

Tyronn Lue

I just got thrown right in the fire, not knowing how I wanted to coach. Like, I had a thought of what I wanted to do as a coach, but when you're coaching LeBron James and Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love and the pressures of winning a championship, it's different.feedback

Tyronn Lue

When I was a player, probably about 7-8 years ago, I'm trying to attack every reporter that said something. But now I've come to the realization that it's not worth it. And people are going to say what they have to say, and they got to sell books or they got to sell stories. They have to do it. That's their job.feedback

Jim Tooley

With USA Basketball entering the new FIBA qualification system for the men's 2019 World Cup and 2020 Olympic competitions, we're excited to work with the NBA Development League to field competitive teams for the 2017-19 USA's World Cup qualifying games.feedback

Anthony Noto - Twitter

We are excited to help extend the reach of women's sports around the world by collaborating further with the NBA to be the home of weekly live WNBA games for the next three seasons. The growing women's basketball fanbase will be able to turn to Twitter to watch free games side by side with the real-time conversation.feedback

Larry Bird

I felt it was time to step away in a full-time capacity. This has nothing to do with my health or our team. I'm 60 years old and I want to do other things away from basketball. I will do some scouting for the Pacers, NBA, college, international, do some appearances and stay in a capacity to advise senior basketball management.feedback

Dwane Casey

There's no lead safe in the NBA. He's the hub of everything. He understands where everybody is. He's a quarterback. He's a point guard. He's a power forward. He's a small forward. He's a shooting guard. He's everything.feedback

Justin Nelson

The NBA is recognizing that it's not only the right thing to do but it's smart business. There's a market there and there are potential businesses to drive attendance and to better manage production of everything that goes into the season and the teams.feedback

Jeff Henningsen

I just felt it was an almost once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of such a huge event. Corporate America does have a responsibility with [helping] keep rights for every body. If it weren't for the grassroots activities of groups like the NGLCC, it would be a harder road to go down.feedback

Justin Nelson

It's an incredible testament to the world of professional sports that a business can be LGBT owned, can be out about it and can still compete for business with the national sports leagues.feedback

Justin Nelson

And, frankly, in the interest of what we're doing could be more profitable and there's nothing wrong with being more profitable. Diversity also means diversifying the revenue stream. There's strength in numbers and when you see your colleagues in the industry, embracing diversity, embracing inclusion and embracing economic development in diverse communities you want to be a part of that.feedback

Justin Nelson

I think it again reinforces the fact that a major sports league, now multiple, truly recognized the value of diversity and inclusion. I don't mean the checkbox value that we've done something [so] we can look good, this is the true value that when you have diversity of opinion, diversity of thought, diversity of product offering, diversity in your audience diversity [you] create a better atmosphere that could be more productive.feedback

Joe Biden

Change the culture. You can do it. College campuses are communities. And the place where people's attitudes are affected, changed, altered, impacted, are within communities.feedback

Antonio Razzi

Does he follow Italian football? Of course, he knows all about Serie A and NBA basketball. If Juventus were playing in Pyongyang Stadium, which is huge, it would fill up. What will I say to Han on Sunday? I'll give him compliments, he is considered a talent at the level of those in Europe.feedback

Tyronn Lue

A lot of guys are taking care of their body. NBA players are some of the best conditioned guys in athletics in their sport, so they can definitely do it. I think a lot of times coaches get sidetracked by what other guys, what the media said or whatever. But you just got to go off what you feel, how the guys feel, how the players feel and what your team needs at this time. So, if Bron plays 46 minutes and (Kyrie Irving) plays 45 minutes and we win, then it's worth it. And if we need them to play that many minutes to win in the playoffs, then it's absolutely worth it.feedback

Brandon McCoy

Being in the gym is how I got to be where I am today. If I stay on course and develop as a person and a player, I can reach my goal to get to the NBA.feedback

Damian Lillard

And for me, I understand that's what it is. It's always been that way in the NBA. I think about when the Pistons were just beating up on [Michael] Jordan. [They] were just kicking his butt every year, and he had to get through them if he wanted to get to where he wanted to get to. That's just what it is. [The Warriors are] going to be there. They're going to be there every year. We have to look at that and understand that we got to be better. We have to go get better, and come back better as a group if we want to move past them.feedback

Joel Berry II

After speaking to my family I have decided to withdraw from the 2017 Draft and will return to Carolina next season. I know I can continue to improve my game and be better prepared for the NBA after another year playing against the best college competition in the country. There's no reason to rush leaving school. I love being a Tar Heel and love playing for Carolina and Coach Williams.feedback

Pat Beverley

He shrugged his shoulders like 'Whatever' ... his wife puts his finger in my face.feedback

Pat Beverley

This isn't the first incident I've had with OKC. I had a ball boy tell me he's going to kill me. I had to have a police officer at my house. I can't be on the same floor as my teammates? This is my first year in the playoffs. Ever. This is my first year of NBA basketball and I have a person on Twitter saying he's going to kill me. So what to do? You guys tell me, What to do? If no one is there to protect me.feedback

Pat Beverley

And when I mean 'protect myself' I don't mean go up there and start a fight with a person, because that's not what all happened. I walked up to the guy and I told the guy 'At the end of the day, brother, this is a game. I'm a professional, you're a man, I'm a man. That's it and I left it at that. No curse words, no pointing fingers. I just let him know, Just don't do something like that. I have my son, he's two years old back in Chicago watching this, my daughter watching this. Enough with the blatant disrespect.feedback

Pat Beverley

I'm not comfortable with that. So if the NBA won't protect the players in that situation, I feel the need as a man, as a grown man who has children, who has morals and who stands up for the right thing, I have to protect myself. I accept the 25 (the NBA fine), it's OK. But at the same time, if it happens again and the NBA won't protect its players, I feel a need as a person and as a man with two young boys. Who has a daughter. Who has strong morals about myself. Who was raised by a single mother to protect myself if no one else is going to protect me.feedback

Pat Beverley

I had that situation, couple years later I have this situation. You guys tell me what to do?feedback

Pat Beverley

I felt like I didn't do anything out of the ordinary. I felt like I addressed him and said, At the end of the day, this is a basketball game. This is a game. I'm a grown man, you're a grown man, lets just keep it professional.' Just like that, there's no need for blatant disrespect' and that's all.feedback

Gerald Green

He may have had to stretch his leg out. I don't know. I ain't no snitch, so I don't know. That's not something I grew up being a part of. Where I'm from, they know snitches get stitches. So I don't know.feedback

Brandon Jennings

It's very exciting. The way everything is today in this world, to be in the playoffs in 2017 is definitely awesome. I mean, just for social media, for the hype of where the NBA is today, for everything. It's a great thing.feedback

Markelle Fultz

We always talk about the opportunity. That would be the craziest backcourt. The way he scores, the way I can pass, and the way I can score ... we can switch between the one and two.feedback

Markelle Fultz

I have a lot of respect for him, and he's supposed to say that. Anyone that's your competitor is going to think that they're better. To me, it was just funny, he just motivated me to work harder and be sure I put myself further and further in front. He's going to be [playing] my position, so ... if he happens to be the point guard I'm going against, then yeah, I want to get him out the way. No. 1 is big for me because I've been dreaming about it all my life. I want to come in and kill it. I want to be Rookie of the Year ... honestly, me? I want to be MVP next year.feedback

Bonnie-Jill Laflin

I didn't scout him, but being able to see him from when he first started playing with the team to seeing him retire the work was amazing. His drive to win is unparalleled.feedback

Bonnie-Jill Laflin

I decided to go on [the show] because I wanted to use this a a platform to showcase empowering women. They wanted me to come on show so that it can go on in a different direction.feedback

Bonnie-Jill Laflin

There are a lot of passionate women on the cast. When you get a bunch of women together, not everyone will always agree. I don't engage in that drama. I take the high road; you'll see how I handle funny situations!feedback

Bonnie-Jill Laflin

I never realized how those cheerleaders are just as popular as the players in some places! We were in Mexico doing an appearance and we got chased by locals in Mexico City who tried to knock our bus over, people were fanatical and fascinated by us.feedback

Marcin Gortat

He made me bleed every day for my first four years in the NBA. I bleed everyday in practice, and I learned to play tough basketball, and he made me who I am today. I was going against an animal in practice. Imagine the stuff that's going down here in the game, imagine the same stuff going three times harder in practice where you don't have whistles, fouls and stuff like that. It was pretty much for me about surviving practice, going to the weight room every day, lift hard, because otherwise I'm going to end up in the hospital or in a wheelchair.feedback

Josh Jackson

Consulting with my family, I have decided to enter the 2017 NBA Draft and pursue my dream of playing professional basketball.feedback

Kevin Durant

I want to express condolences to the Thomas family. It's tragic news about Isaiah Thomas' sister. We're all praying for him, and the NBA family's behind him.feedback

Avery Bradley

It says a lot about him. I know tonight he was playing for his sister. He was playing for his family. We appreciate that as teammates. He is just an amazing basketball player and a better person, so I'm happy with the way he played tonight, and we just need to continue to fight for him. That's why we always want to see each other succeed, me and him. Being from the same area we just want to see each other do so well. I get so happy when I see him play and have a good game.feedback

Brad Stevens

One of the things I've learned, having been through situations in the past, is that there's really no right or wrong answer. It's whatever is right for him. He's really hurting.feedback

Charles Barkley

We were rooting for each other and we root for each other to this day because we're the only guys to make it out of Tacoma, and we have to put Tacoma on our back.feedback

Scott Brooks

I was just hoping that he would stick the landing. I was going to give him a 10. It was impressive. Athletic. That looks easy because these athletes make things look easy. To jump over an NBA bench and land it and not get hurt is – I would have crashed into everybody. I would have been like a bowling ball, crashing into everybody. It did concern me, but I like guys that play with effort.feedback

Charles Barkley

I'm not feeling comfortable with him sitting on the sideline crying like that. That makes me uncomfortable because that tells me he's not in shape to play. I don't know how this night is going to turn out. But to be sitting on the sideline a few minutes before the game, crying, that makes me uncomfortable for him. That's just not a good look, in my personal opinion.feedback

John Wall

Could I have done this three, four years ago? No, not then. For one thing, I wasn't healthy. I was playing through all these nagging problems with my knees and other things. It was limiting me. I wasn't as confident in my shot as I am now. Plus, I know so much more about the game, and my teammates – how good all those guys are, how they've elevated their games, the roster we have now – have helped me elevate my game, too.feedback

John Wall

If you're not winning and averaging 20 and 10, it doesn't really mean nothing. Your ultimate goal as a point guard and floor general and a leader is to get guys into the playoffs and go as far as you can go. I didn't do that. It was a failure. It was tough to take, but it was a failure. Forget about the numbers. I had to do more.feedback

John Wall

I feel like, if I average 18 [points] and 12 [assists], that's not good enough. The game is different, and if you have the skills to attack and play downhill, you have to do more. Coach Brooks really understands that. They're looking at so many point guards to average over 22, 25, 26 points. My job is to get everybody involved, but also to be aggressive and be a scorer at the same time. I understand everything involved so much better now.feedback

David Freeman

Our jobs are to create a reaction. I would rather have a negative reaction than no reaction at all.feedback

Reggie Miller

You don't go out and get Kevin Durant, and be happy to get to the Conference Finals or the NBA Finals and lose. They have to win a championships. Period.feedback

Phil Jackson

I think that one of the things that I like about this job is that [General Manager Steve] Mills does a lot of the paperwork – the back and forth with the NBA headquarters – and my issues is about talking to coaches, finding out the game plan. I took some time on the West Coast during the holidays when I think things really kind of fell down. We lost six in a row there which changed us from being a positive to a minus. So I think I've got to do a little bit more on scene, on-target mentoring.feedback

Devin Robinson

This decision was not easy for me; in fact, it was one of the hardest decisions I have ever faced. I know I am ready for this next step and I am personally excited for all the new challenges that will be presented with this decision.feedback

Mike White

We'll miss Devin here, but he'll always be a part of the Gator family. We're excited for Devin as he continues to pursue his dream and grateful for his role in helping reestablish the culture and success of the Florida basketball program.feedback

Fred Hoiberg

We do have a plan in place, but obviously you have to adjust if things are going in the wrong direction. But we do have a plan on how we are going to try to slow him down a little bit, which is obviously difficult to do with the No. 2 scorer in the NBA this year.feedback

Klay Thompson

They are two great phenomenal scorers who can go off at any time.feedback

David Fizdale

How you take care of yourself (is a key to longevity). Vince doesn't have many days off. I went to see him in the summer and he has a gym built at his house with a full basketball court. When it comes to his nutrition and work ethic, he takes it very seriously.feedback

Allonzo Trier

I have thought about it for a while, and I have decided to continue my education and basketball career at Arizona. Because of my relationship and faith in Coach (Sean) Miller, the coaching staff and my teammates, I will continue my original goal when I came here -- to help lead the team to a national championship. With my family's support, I am excited and confident about my decision. I also believe this will best prepare me for a long and successful NBA career.feedback

Matt Moore

If Kawhi is guarding our best player, we'll just use use him less.feedback

Justin Jackson

I thank God, my coaches and teammates and the University of North Carolina for giving me this extraordinary opportunity. My family and I discussed my decision with Coach [Roy] Williams and we agree that declaring for the NBA draft is best for my career. I wouldn't trade anything the last three years as a Tar Heel, especially getting the chance to win a national championship, which was unbelievable. I feel I made a good decision last year to come back for my junior year. That has put me in a much better position as a basketball player and a person. I'm proud to know I will always be a Tar Heel.feedback

Tyronn Lue

I'm not going into the playoffs thinking that. I'm going into it thinking we can win. That's my job to make sure everybody in that locker room understands that we're going to win. That's on me, but I'm pretty sure that a lot of guys in that locker room feel the same way. We had a tough regular season, but if we went 82-0 and lost first round, then you'd be writing about that. There's always something for you guys to write about.feedback

Kevin Durant

Playing against the best players in the world, at the biggest stage, that's the goal for every player.feedback

Rick Carlisle

Signing him and stuff like that, would have been too much for a lot of reasons. No. 1, he's a football athlete that's not ready to play in an NBA game. That's very risky. No. 2, to sign a guy with all of our requirements from a physical standpoint with the hours and hours of screening and all that kinds of other stuff, it just wasn't worth going there. And that's not really what this is about.feedback

Mark Cuban

I told him what I was going to do and said, Fine me if you don't like it. Anybody who thinks a layup line is disrespectful, hasn't watched an NBA game. We've got people shooting half-court shots at every break, we've got kids for ball boys ... We're entertainment. And if they're so self-important they can't recognize that, it's on them. Not me.feedback

Bradley Beal

I may have to talk to coach to see if he'll let me play to try to get to 50. We've got a great opportunity. Hopefully we're not too pressed. We just go out there and just control what we can control against a tough Miami team.feedback

Brandon Jennings

Like, honestly, what are the odds: that the junior no-name you dunk on one year, and give your hardest business to, is going to turn around the very next year, as a senior … and now he's one of the best point guard prospects you've ever seen. What are the odds, man?feedback

Brandon Jennings

Yeah, I know – John isn't really one of those first few names most people are talking about right now [in the MVP race]. And yeah, I know – there are a lot of great players out there, having a lot of great seasons. But I just think that what John With the Shades (that's what I call him) has done this year, all year – as a leader, as a winner, as a scorer, as a defender, and as a capital-P capital-G Point God – deserves a little more respect. A little more love from y'all. I give him a bump in the chest – serious bump – and scream right in his face, too.feedback

Brandon Jennings

Voters … you do what you want… Recognize or ignore the excellence. Pick my guy or don't. But I'll leave you with some highly valuable final advice – and it's something that I've learned from almost a full decade of experience: Snubbing the kid from Raleigh? It's a bad idea. Lotta people are going to be 'learning' the name John Wall these playoffs. Doubt any of 'em forget it.feedback

John Wall

I feel like the year I made the all-star team and started [during the 2014-15 season], I feel like I was going to be on the all-NBA team that year, and it didn't happen. … This year, I think it's turned around. We're winning more games, the most games I've ever won going into an all-star break. Like I said, [when] you're winning, your team's doing well, you get the recognition.feedback

Tony Romo

I feel like they're all 7-feet tall. They're all long and lean. I look like a turtle out there next to these guys. But it's a special group of guys who are talented and the NBA is a special fraternity.feedback

Tyler Dorsey

After this great college experience, I believe this is the time to pursue my dream of a NBA career and I am now announcing my intention to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft with an agent. I have carefully deliberated this decision with my family and feel the timing is now right to pursue my path to a professional basketball career.feedback

Tyler Dorsey

When I arrived at Oregon almost 2 years ago, my goal was not only to be one of the best scorers and lead guards in college basketball but also to lead the Ducks to winning heights never seen in recent memory. After participating on a Duck team that reached the Final 4 as well as leading the NCAA tourney in scoring, it was one of the best experiences of my life and I'm truly blessed to have those memories.feedback

Alan Siegel

It had a nice flavor to it, so I took that picture and we traced it. It was perfect. It was vertical and it had a sense of movement. It was just one of those things that clicked.feedback

Jerry West

I don't know, I don't like to do anything to call attention to myself, and when people say that, it's just not who I am, period. If they would want to change it, I wish they would. In many ways, I wish they would. [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver would look great. He's been the greatest player I've ever seen. And I'm probably a harsh judge of talent, in the sense that I admire players that are really good defensive players and really good offensive players. . . . And he made his teams win.feedback

Chad Griffin

These are dangerous laws that must change, and if the NBA decides to bring games to North Carolina – which is not yet clear – we expect that they will also be actively working to repeal laws that endanger LGBTQ players, fans, and employees.feedback

Chad Griffin

It is deeply disappointing to see the NBA reward North Carolina for doubling down on discrimination. North Carolina has enacted a statewide ban on non-discrimination protections, and it remains the only state that has made it the state's exclusive business to decide where transgender people may use the restroom.feedback

Roy Cooper

I will continue to fight for statewide antidiscrimination protections for our LGBT North Carolinians.feedback

Gregg Popovich

We didn't trade for him and say, He's going to be first-team All-NBA. If RC told you that, he lied to you.feedback

Kevin Love

I remember (owner) George Steinbrenner would just pull stuff out of the air and say, This guy is going out or this guy is saying this in the locker room,' and he'd stir the pot and create controversy.feedback

Kevin Love

We thrive under chaos. We always do. It seems like there are times during the season - and it could be true - where we just say, the regular season is no big deal. But l think last night and in the third quarter (on Tuesday) against Orlando, our pace of play and defensively, how we were moving and how we were communicating was so much better. Good food comes from a pressure cooker, I guess.feedback

Isaiah Briscoe

BBN, thank you to the greatest fans in the entire world. Thank you to Coach Cal, Coach KP (Kenny Payne), Coach Tony (Barbee), Coach JJ (Joel Justus), Coach Robes (John Robic), and (strength and conditioning coach) Rob (Harris). You helped me develop my game on the court and helped me grow as a man off the court. Thank you to my brothers. We've been through so much together and accomplished even more. Thank you to my family and friends. Without your support, I wouldn't be where I am now.feedback

Chris Mullin

Everyone talks about the recruiting part. What is underestimated is, in the NBA, there's a lot of recruiting that's done. Whether it be with your own guys in the regular season – selling your game plan, your scouting reports, things like that. Free agency is a huge part of recruiting. It's not that Patrick hasn't been exposed to these things. You tailor it to your situation.feedback

Chris Mullin

A week later, there he is. Back at Georgetown. That's why we came back. A lot of people say you can't do it. I don't look at it as a negative. I look at it as a driving force that motivates us to do it. Being our alma maters, it makes it more special. I saw Patrick say he wouldn't do it for any school. I was not going to another college. St. John's and Georgetown for us are unique situations. I'm doing the same with our guys now as I was doing with our young kids [in the NBA]. All those things have changed, which makes the transition not as drastic as it once was.feedback

Isaiah Briscoe

BBN, thank you to the greatest fans in the entire world. Thank you to Coach (John Calipari), Coach KP (Kenny Payne), Coach Tony (Barbee), Coach JJ (Joel Justus), Coach Robes (John Robic), and (strength and conditioning coach) Rob (Harris). You helped me develop my game on the court and helped me grow as a man off the court.feedback

LeBron James

It's a long, strenuous season and the NBA does a great job of putting the schedule together as best as they can. You're going to have back-to-backs. You're going to have certain games where certain things fall on certain nights, but a coach's job is to figure out a way for their team to compete for a championship, not compete for a game.feedback

David Fizdale

We held him from getting a triple-double, so take that Russell Westbrook. He's lightning. He's putting his fingertips all over the NBA right now as well as the history books.feedback

Kevin Love

I don't know when that hits throughout the season, but March wasn't pretty for us. But at the end of the day, we're hoping to look back and say that was a lesson for us and that we can't let that happen again.feedback

John Calipari

Isaiah is a winner. Physically and mentally he's a pit bull with skills with the ball. We averaged nearly 30 wins a season over the last two years and Isaiah played a big part in all of them. Isaiah defends, he rebounds and he creates shots for others. I am so proud of his improvement over his time here and am looking forward to seeing his continued growth at the next level.feedback

Patrick Ewing

I don't see the recruiting being as difficult as people say it is, but I'm going to definitely have guys on my staff that are great recruiters and can go out and judge and pick guys that they or I think are going to help build the program, and then I'm going to be the one coming in and closing it. I'll be out on the road with them, trying to evaluate talent, and try to close it at the end.feedback

Patrick Ewing

We're going to need you to be like all the other schools, go out and help us recruit. If there are great recruits that are out there, we need Hoya Nation to stand up and, I'm not going to say put pressure, but just make sure these people know the Hoyas are here, we want them.feedback

Russell Westbrook

He didn't have to score 40 tonight to help them win. It showed that he was sharing the ball, and everybody was benefiting from that.feedback

Russell Westbrook

I airballed a 3 right after that. But at the same time, we were winning, and that's the most important thing. Tonight was a great night.feedback

Johnny Dawkins

This is a tremendous opportunity for Tacko. He will be able to learn more about himself and his game during this process and we will be there to help him along the way.feedback

Jason Kidd

You could feel in the building, and you could see that his teammates were not going to let him down tonight.feedback

Russell Westbrook

An honour to just be mentioned in a conversation with Oscar Robertson, the different things he did for the game of basketball to allow me to play the game today. It's something that I could never dream about growing up in the inner city of Los Angeles. I never dreamed about a moment like this, to be able to be on this stage.feedback

Malik Monk

I want to thank all of the coaches and support staff for investing time and energy in my future and helping me mature as a young man. Month by month I have grown and matured on and off the floor because of you guys.feedback

John Calipari

Malik is a special talent. With Malik you're talking about a superior athlete with skills and an ability to score that make him truly unique. What I love about Malik is that, as the season went on, he learned how to help our team win by doing more than just score. He became an efficient player who I believe will make an immediate impact at the next level.feedback

Malik Monk

After taking some time with my family and reflecting on this season, I have decided to enter my name into the 2017 NBA Draft. As a little kid, these are words that I could only dream of saying. For that I am very grateful and thank God. I would like to thank Coach (John Calipari) for helping me evolve my game and become a more complete basketball player. You pushed me all season to be my best and taught me the true meaning of team and sacrifice. KP (Kenny Payne), thank you for mentoring me on and off the court and helping me perfect my craft while guiding me through the entire process.feedback

Dick Vitale

The transition from the NBA to college is major, in terms of dealing with the alumni, the recruiting, all the rules and regulations. I think it would be wise for him – it's only a suggestion – to hire someone on his staff who was a former head coach on the collegiate level, to give him the insights on what to expect. I think he's ready for the challenge, but I think staff is vital.feedback

Mark Few

Those were three of the best officials in the entire country -- NBA, college or anything. I thought they did a great job. I mean, these are two heavyweight teams going at it, inside, playing really, really physical basketball. You still have to officiate the game of basketball and that's what they did. I had no issue whatsoever. I thought they did a fabulous job. And I'm on the losing end. And it's just not an easy game to ref. And we're throwing the ball inside. They're throwing the ball inside. Our guards go downhill. Their guards go downhill. So, I thought they were great.feedback

Steve Clifford

This is a big loss for the Charlotte Hornets, but we are all excited for Patrick to have the opportunity to go back to Georgetown. Everyone knows how much his alma mater means to him. I've had the privilege of working with him for 12 years with three organizations and I know the effort he has put into coaching. He has attacked this profession with the same mentality he had as a player, with hard work, dedication and a passion for the game of basketball.feedback

Tim Duncan

I greatly appreciate the work of the Department of Justice and others who have seen the wrongs committed and helped me take action in the hope that others will never have to go through this.feedback