Lakers Quotes 3/20/99 - 3/21/99 (76ers game, pre-Magic game, Rodman stuff)

Lakers Quotes 3/20/99 - 3/21/99 (76ers game, pre-Magic game, Rodman stuff)

Post by gokam.. » Mon, 22 Mar 1999 04:00:00


I'm sorry that I wasn't able to do a quote post yesterday,
but my girlfriend has been visiting from out of town. Here
are some quotes from the 76ers game and today's quotes.

Garret

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OCR = Orange County Register        LAT = LA Times
RPE = Riverside Press-Enterprise    AP  = Associated Press
LADN = LA Daily News
SJMN = San Jose Mercury News
LBPT = Long Beach Press-Telegram

--- Quotes from the Lakers-76ers game 3/19/99 ---

About having difficulty defending Iverson, Kobe said:
"I'm not used to pick-and-roll, you know. Thirty-six shots?
Whew! They were really using screens, they were doing the
pick-and-roll, and pick-and-roll is something that has been
killing us all year.  I figure other teams will watch this
tape and they'll all run it. It's something I have to
figure out. That's OK. I'll figure it out." (LAT)

"I knew how I wanted to guard him, but I just wasn't
prepared for pick-and-roll situations. That's it. It was
just my fault for not being prepared. It won't happen
again." (LBPT)

"I fault myself for that. Usually I'm prepared. I wasn't
prepared. Running around all night, around screens, it
was like a track meet." (OCR)

About losing 3 straight games to the 76ers, Kobe said:
"It definitely upsets me. I definitely don't want to
lose at home to Philly. But I'm gonna be in this league
for another 20 years. I'm not gonna lose three more." (LBPT)

About how they want Rodman back, Kobe said:
"We definitely want him back, without a doubt. The game
we played tonight, we definitely could have used him on
the boards. I don't want to say we need it, but it
definitely helps." (LBPT)

"We lost the game because we got beat on the boards and
we didn't take care of the basketball. We definitely
want (Rodman) back, especially on a night where we got
beat on the boards." (OCR)

Taking the blame for the losses, Harper said:
"As the point guard, I take a lot of responsibility for
those two losses (to Cleveland and Philadelphia). We got
stagnant on offense, and I just didn't get what we needed
to get sometimes." (LBPT)

About Iverson's big scoring game, Harper said:
"How many shots did he take? How are you going to stop a
guy if he takes 36 shots? Allen is a very talented player,
but if he takes 36 shots, he's going to score 41." (OCR)

About why their defensive intensity fluctuates, Horry:
"Some guys put forth an effort to play defense every
night, some guys don't. A guy whose offense you don't
respect, you might not play as tough. But a lot of times
it gets personal, too.

Guys don't like to talk about it, but I don't care. Some
guys might play someone tougher because that player was
drafted ahead of them. Sometimes it's a money thing. Some
guys want to play harder against someone making more
money than they do.

And then there's one guy, I'm not going to name him, who
always goes hard against another guy because that player
made the All-Star team and he didn't." (OCR)

About how the Lakers need Rodman, Iverson said:
"I think they need Rodman. I see some chaos in their
team. I won't elaborate." (OCR)

--- Quotes from 3/21/99 sources (before the Orlando game) ---

Lakers spokesman John Black said that Rodman was
expected to play in the Orlando game:
"He should be at the game." (OCR)
Note: Black added that Rodman's agent, Steve Chasman,
has kept West and Kupchak apprised of Rodman's progress
on dealing with his personal issues.

Before meeting with Rodman, Rambis planned on playing
him in the Orlando game:
"If he shows up, I'll give him a pat on the back and
send him in." (LBPT, LADN)

About speaking with Rodman before the game, Rambis:
"I just asked him if he was all right. He said he
was all right, and that was it." (AP)

Asked if Rodman assured him that he won't miss any
more games, Rambis said:
"I don't think anybody can make those assurances." (AP)

Asked what would happen if Rodman left the Lakers
again, Rambis said:
"We'll have to cross that bridge if and when it happens.
I'm not going to sit here with hard and fast rules to
what happens in future situations." (AP)

When it was suggested that the Laker teams that he
played on, particularly under Riley, would not have
tolerated Rodman's behavior, Rambis said:
"I don't see why it couldn't have happened. I mean
if somebody has some personal issues that they have
to deal with. You can't sit there and write and tell
me that if Kareem had come to Riley and said, 'I've
got some personal issues I want to deal with. I want
to be excused for the next two weeks,' that Riley's
going to say: 'That's it, you're waived, get out of
here.' I would have a hard time seeing that happen." (AP)

Tired of answering questions about Rodman's absence, Shaq:
"I'm not a baby-sitter. I'm already underpaid, so I
don't get paid enough to baby-sit and answer questions
about all that stuff." (LAT)

About how they can win with or without the "Worm", Shaq:
"We have everything we need now. We're going to win
this thing with or without insects." (OCR)

Not caring if the Orlando fans taunt him, Shaq said:
"No matter what happens, I built that arena. That's why
they call it the 'O'-rena. No matter what happens the
rest of my career, I built that arena.  I built that
city."  (LAT, LADN)

"It's just gonna be another game. No matter what happens,
I built that arena. That's why they call it the O-
apostrophe-arena. <O-apostrophe-Neal said> " (LBPT)

Asked if he planned on keeping his Orlando home, Shaq:
"Sure, I'm not going anywhere. I'm like grass--you can
cut me, you can pull me up, but I'll be back. You
like that?" (LAT)

About how the Orlando organization was afraid of the fan
reaction if they gave him the 10-year anniversary plaque
they have been giving to former players, Shaq said:
"Don't give me anything. I play for the Lakers now. . . .
They can keep their awards." (LBPT)

"Don't give me anything. I play for the Lakers now.
(Playing for the Magic) is just a memory to me. They can
keep their awards, I don't care. I don't wanna be
honored. Don't honor me. It's all in the past." (LADN)

Obsessed with winning a championship, Shaq said:
"I was brought up to be a champion by my father, who
didn't have the opportunity to do what I'm doing.
Through him, I was brought up to be a winner, to be
competitive. In my house, second wasn't good enough." (OCR)

Not worrying about the money, Shaq said:
"Dough doesn't mean anything because I'm going to get
paid. But just because someone isn't a champion doesn't
mean they aren't a winner. I'll fight anyone that says
John Stockton isn't a great point guard and a winner,
even though he hasn't won a championship.  But when I
retire, I don't want any asterisks next to my name. I
don't want anyone to be able to say, 'Yeah, Shaq was a
pretty good player but he never won a championship.' " (OCR)

Understanding the Orlando fan reaction to Shaq, Fox:
"It's like getting in a relationship with a girl. If
it's a good one, it's unbelievable for a short period
of time. But all of a sudden, if you pick up and you
leave, they go crazy. They get vindictive and psycho.
Orlando is the girlfriend you can't leave, you shouldn't
have left. They're definitely the spurned lover, because
they did whatever they could to keep him. It's like,
'I love you, don't leave me.' " (LADN)

Denying that his absence had anything to do with
drinking, smoking, ***, or marital problems, Rodman:
"It's just me." (AP)

About how he's been getting professional help, Rodman:
"I saw a psychiatrist the last two or three years. ...
I think that I know what I'm doing." (AP)

Not apologizing for his absence, Rodman said:
"I can't make everyone happy. ... If it's Dennis Rodman,
they just blow it out of proportion. 'He did this, he
did that.' What can I say, 'I'm sorry?' That's not going
to do it. So I'm not going to say that." (AP)

Rodman said that he was "here to stay" for the rest of
the regular season. (AP)
Note: Rodman has to play in 22 of the Lakers last 24
games to get his $3 mil payment from Converse.

Acknowledging that the Lakers might not keep him, Rodman:
"I just figure that people have to accept what I do. If
they don't accept it, I don't need to be here or anywhere
else. They can easily say, 'Dennis, we don't need you
anymore.' They can tear up the contract and say good-bye." (AP)

"I mean nobody says you have to be happy to work, right?
Just got to go out there and work and do the job that you
are paid to do ... everyone can accept that. If not, I
got to move on." (AP)

Rodman wrote about his lifestyle in 1997:
"How do I do it?. How can a 35-year-old man drink his
[butt] off, sleep very little and play in the NBA and
still be the best conditioned guy out there? To give
you the God's-honest truth, bro, I don't even know." (LAT)

About how the Lakers can't handle Rodman, Randy Brown:
"I don't think the Lakers will be able to handle it.
They really couldn't handle the pressure of not knowing
when he was going to come. He came and gave them this
emotional high and now he leaves. They traded Elden
[Campbell] and waived Corie [Blount] and now Dennis is
gone. It's going to affect them." (LAT)

Happy that Miami didn't sign Rodman, Rex Walters said:
"Rodman coming here would have caused all kinds of
turmoil. He's got his own agenda. He's only out to win
for himself. We don't need him." (LAT)

Happy that Miami didn't sign Rodman, Terry Porter:
"Imagine if he showed up only a few minutes before a
game and then left the team. That wouldn't have been
allowed to happen here." (LAT)

Asked what he thought about the new Lakers squad,
Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller said:
"Usually, you talk about whether a team has enough
balls to go around, but with the Lakers, the question
may be, is there enough media to go around?" (SJMN)

Very happy with the trade, Hornets coach Paul Silas:
"We didn't have the kind of rebounding and inside presence
Elden can give you, and with Eddie, we've now got a guy
who is capable of making big steals, who gives you great
defense and who can score. He'll be our go-to guy once we ...

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Lakers Quotes 3/20/99 - 3/21/99 (76ers game, pre-Magic game, Rodman stuff)

Post by Brian M. Kvalsta » Mon, 22 Mar 1999 04:00:00

this is bizarre...

Horry said:
: And then there's one guy, I'm not going to name him, who
: always goes hard against another guy because that player
: made the All-Star team and he didn't." (OCR)
...this is just specuilation, but is he talking about
Iverson playing hard against Kobe?

: Tired of answering questions about Rodman's absence, Shaq:
: "I'm not a baby-sitter. I'm already underpaid, so I
: don't get paid enough to baby-sit and answer questions
: about all that stuff." (LAT)
Shaq thinks he is underpaid?

: About how they can win with or without the "Worm", Shaq:
: "We have everything we need now. We're going to win
: this thing with or without insects." (OCR)
huh? Is Shaq trying to demean Rodman by likening him
to an insect? or is he just dumb and thinks that a Worm
is an insect?

: Not caring if the Orlando fans taunt him, Shaq said:
: "No matter what happens, I built that arena. That's why
: they call it the 'O'-rena.
um...I thought it was because it was in Orlando