“A lot of people say, ‘Well, if you would’ve waited a couple years, then this could’ve been yours (with the Lakers),’ And I’m like, ‘In a couple years, I’m 30. I don’t want to wait. I’ve been in the league 10 years. I don’t want to wait for things to happen. I want to be aggressive, to make things happen. And I’m looking at all these young guys who are just ready, and they’re missing one piece. And I’m like, ‘I could be that piece, and I don’t want to miss my chance.
James Harden doesn’t come by every 10 years. It doesn’t happen. It’s no knock on other players who I played with, but you’re talking about all these guys who are young and are going this way, going up, so I’m like, ‘Man, this is a great spot for me. A great town, great organization.’ They’re going this way (points up).
Other teams have more history, but yesterday’s scores don’t win today’s games. You’ve got to look at the now. What’s in the now? What can we do now? Nobody cared about what I did eight years ago, they want to know what I can do now, and it’s [Houston’s] the perfect team for me.”
”—Dwight Howard on his decision to leave the Lakers
“The surgical procedure was different… and because of that the recovery has been different. The normal timetable for recovery from an Achilles, we’ve shattered that. Three-and-a-half months I can already walk just fine, I’m lifting weights with the Achilles just fine and that’s different. So we don’t know what that timetable is going to be. It’s kind of new territory for us all.”’”—Kobe Bryant on his Achilles’ recovery timeline
“Starting with the training camp in L.A. and being here [in Las Vegas], I think it was just tremendous. I think I did well. I learned from game to game, from practice to practice. I tried to show what I’m capable of. I’m a guy who is willing to work. I’m not just a guy who is going to sit around and think everything’s going to fall into my lap. That’s just not me. I hope I get the opportunity and I can reward the guys with playing hard. I really hope I get an opportunity with the Lakers or whoever wants to give me a shot — primarily with the Lakers. Once I get 100% comfortable and know my role 100%, I think I can help a team out. I really believe that. I don’t know where I’m going right now but definitely out of Vegas — it’s too hot here. I hope [I’m going to] the Lakers. If it doesn’t work out for me, then I’ll have to change my plan and try to take a different kind of tour to reach my dream… just go over to Europe and come back next year.”—Elias Harris after playing the final summer league game with the Lakers
It’s always nice to see a players dreams come to fruition,
“It was expected. We’ve all been in L.A. and not a lot of people can handle being under the bright lights. Everybody wants to do it, but when you get there, there are certain pressures. I think it was a safe move for him [Dwight] to go to a little town like Houston. That’s right, little town. I said it.”—Shaquille O’neal with a few choice words on Dwight Howard’s decision to sign with the Houston Rockets
“You need to learn how it’s done first, and I can teach you here [in Los Angeles]. You have to learn how it’s done. I know how to do it and I’ve learned from the best – players who have won multiple times over and over. Instead of trying to do things your way, just listen and learn and tweak it, so it fits you.”—Kobe Bryant to Dwight Howard on why Dwight should re-sign with the Lakers
“As we all know, if you hold things in, it brings unnecessary stress to your heart and your mind. When you can release it and talk about it, you feel better. That’s how it should be with anything, not just coming out being gay or mental issue or whatever other stigma is there, you should feel better and feel like you can say what you want as long as you’re respectful.”—Metta World Peace on Jason Collins coming out as gay. Collins is the first active NBA player to do so and we should applaud him for his bravery.