Within reason, people need to do whatever makes them happy. As an athlete, celebrity and entertainer, Shaq struck the perfect balance.
–FoxSports’ Jason Whitlock on Shaquille O’Neal’s retirement from the NBA
Look, I played with Bird for three years when he was the best player in the world… Guys like that don’t feel pain right now. You play, you play and if you’re feeling pain, you make yourself numb so you don’t feel pain. You’ve got to play and you’ve got to be a warrior.
–Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on Dirk Nowitzki, who, with a torn tendon on his left hand, led the Mavericks in an improbable comeback in Game 2 of the NBA Finals
Pull for Dallas because Nowitzki stayed with his team, never took his talents anywhere but to the damn gym every day.
–ESPN’s Rick Reilly, on why you should want the Mavericks to win
Father Time has finally caught up with Shaquille O’Neal.
–Shaquille O’Neal, retiring from NBA basketball after 19 seasons
We play like a Triple-A team. This is embarrassing. Embarrassing for the team and the owners. Embarrassing for the fans. Embarrassed – that’s the word for this team.
–Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano
I understand what’s happened [at Ohio State] and there was a rule that was violated…. But it was an idiotic rule…. I think this NCAA that we’re currently involved with is so far out of touch with the integrity of the sport that it’s just amazing.
–Former Indiana and Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight
Yeah, they have the worst fans. No question.
–TNT basketball analyst and former NBA All-Star and Charles Barkley on the Miami Heat
I’m going to go as far as I can with this. This is going to end up in a courtroom. I’m going to bust their chops until they change their rules. It’s not fair that coaches make deals on voting who should be All-County.
–New Jersey man Mike Paskas, threatening to sue because his daughter was not selected for first-team all-county softball
(Our team) made a statement that’s a colossal statement…. Not just about our team but the game in general. Playing it a certain way. Our team is not about individual ability. It’s about collective will, collective grit, collective guts.
–NBA Championship-winning Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle on the triumph of hard work and team play
Because at the end of the day, all the people that was rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today.
–Miami Heat star LeBron James on why it didn’t bother him that so many people wanted him to fail
Like they say: It’s not whether you win or lose, but how you disparage the pathetic lives of the little people who make it possible for you to have a career bouncing an inflatable ball.
–Comedian Stephen Colbert on LeBron James
I’ve been pumping his tires ever since the series started. I haven’t heard one nice thing he’s had to say about me.
–Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo on his Stanley Cup Finals opponent, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas
In terms of coach Jim Tressel, a special shoutout. I’m sorry for what all went down and I apologize with all my heart. I love you just like a father. You taught me a lot and I apologize for putting you in a situation and taking you out of a job and place that you loved to be.
–Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, entering the NFL draft after scandal ended his college playing career
It was pretty pathetic of me executing pitches.
–San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who recently became the first pitcher in the live-ball era (since 1900) to give up nine hits without getting at least two outs.
I just went to give my jersey to the fans after the match when a police officer appeared behind me and tasered me in the back with his electric shocker.– Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia) soccer player Danko Lazovic
I just want to make sure I’m Glen Davis wherever I’m at… I think I can be Glen Davis wherever. It just depends on the system, the people around the system, who’s going to let Glen Davis be Glen Davis, not make Glen Davis something they think he should be.
–Boston Celtics forward Glen Davis, on the possibility of Glen Davis’ being traded
I think there is an education problem with younger players. And certainly my postbag, if you say ‘what do you get most letters about,’ I would say that grunting is high up. So we are aware, whether you are watching it on TV or here, people don’t particularly like it.
–Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive of the All England Lawn and Tennis Club, on grunting in tennis
Our players were hit by lightning during a training match. More than five were hospitalised.
–North Korea women’s soccer coach Kim Kwang-min, explaining why his team lost to the U.S. in the World Cup