All Things Lakers
"It’s fantastic. It sets an incredible precedent. I think the most important part about it, what I’ve learned on the issue is that one person coming out is showing this type of courage that gives others that same type of courage. It’s dealing with a lot of issues for kids who are afraid to be themselves. Afraid to be themselves because of the peer pressure that comes with it. A lot of these kids have depression issues or they’re being teased from other kids for being different. You wind up seeing a lot of suicides, kids injuring themselves and getting hooked on things that they should not be hooked on. There is a kid out there who … is going to say, ‘Jason gave me strength in dark moments to be brave. He gave me courage to step up and accept myself for who I am despite what others might be saying or the public pressures. He gave me strength and bravery to be myself.’"

Kobe Bryant on openly gay center, Jason Collins being signed to the Brooklyn Nets

Dwight Howard chants “Howard Sucks”

"I’ve loved my time [with the Lakers]. I’ve loved playing for Coach D’Antoni. The freedom he gave me as a player… I’m totally grateful"

— Steve Blake on his time with the Lakers

Steve Blake was traded today to the Golden State Warriors for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks

He is expected to be out for 6 weeks.

This sucks.

Nike on Kobe Bryant’s return: "If he never came back to the game, he’d be a living legend… But he wouldn’t be Kobe Bryant"

"I would say the expectations (for Kobe) are too high, but you know what? He’ll probably meet them & that’s what makes him great"

— Lakers head coach, Mike D’Antoni, on Kobe Bryant’s return