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" I have to be working, doing things. That's the way I grew up and the way I was taught. "
" For me to be here tonight, everything had to be perfect. I had to get drafted by Utah, had to play with a point guard like John Stockton, and had to be coached by Jerry Sloan and Frank Layden. "
" I have my life on a track that I want it on, and I don't want to get off. "
" Forget the technique. Hit the guy across from you. Don't let somebody come in your space. "
" To catch the ball, face up, look at all of my options and then pass. I was playing hot potato. I didn't want to be the guy to stall the triangle. "
" Even though I left for a year, I grew here as a Jazz man. If I'm fortunate enough to go into the Hall of Fame, I will go as a Jazz man. "
" You take the good with the bad and try not to listen to everything said about you because you know it's not good. "
" You have injuries that bother you when you're not playing. When that horn blows, you don't feel it. "
" I'll make the right decision, whichever one it is. I have to be 100 percent, not 95 or 99. "
" Some people might not like him because he's my son. But be respectful, go out there and enjoy the game. "
" It takes people a while to trust you. "
" I just work out hard enough that, if I'm craving something, I eat it and know I'm going to burn it off the next day with extra intensity. "
" Did you really think I would sell you out? "
" All records are not made to be broken. "
" I spent a lot of time doing things other people wanted me to do, so I'm doing what I want to do now. "
" I have such a profound respect for what they do day in and day out. This USO tour is especially meaningful because of the friends I have met and I am honored to be apart of it. "
" I can do something physically the other guy can't. I know the other guy has not dedicated himself the way I did. "
" I have many friends and family members who have served (or are currently serving) in our nation's Armed Forces. I have such a profound respect for what they do day in and day out. "
" I just think we want to stay healthy, and I don't think we think about a sense of urgency. We realize how old we are, we realize we've been playing this game for a long time, but you know what? We're not done yet. "
" Somebody tell the damn players to start playing like old school. "
" Marijuana is not tested for, and yet that is the big thing guys are getting in trouble with in the league. It's terrible. "
" If I got something to say or do to a man, I'm going to look that man in the eye and tell him what is going to happen. That's just me now. "
" Misery loves company. This is a Hollywood soap opera, and I'm not going to be a star in another Bryant soap opera. "
" I never felt I had the kind of relationship with Magic that I could just pick up the phone and call him at home. "
" I hope I did it the way my peers did it before me. I didn't do anything but try to play hard. "
" You work for whatever you get in life. "
" Look at this, scabs and cuts all over me, I get these every night, every game. They can't tell you that you're not at risk, and you can't tell me there's one guy in the N.B.A. who hasn't thought about it. "
" I realize that things happen for a reason. "
" Everything I've been through, everything I'm about to go through in my career and my life, if my family wasn't with me and didn't support me, it would be really tough. "
" They changed the floor back to old school. They changed the uniform back to old school. Somebody tell the damn players to start playing like old school. "
" I don't know what my label is. I just think of myself as a plain forward. I like to think I have some finesse to my game, but inside the paint is where men are made. If you can't play there, you should be home with your mama. "