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Postgame Quotes: Suns vs Lakers - Jan 5, 2011


Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Steve Nash

Grant Hill

Phil Jackson

Lamar Odom

Kobe Bryant

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

“I thought we played well. They did a good job defensively. One of the areas that we still have to get a little better in is the rebounding. But I thought we battled. They’re a huge team.”

(On fighting back)

I thought we did a good job fighting back. We’re going to continue to work hard and get better. I think we are doing a much better job of feeling each other out, knowing where guys like the ball.

(On continuing to work this season)

Once again, I thought we played well. We have nothing tangible to show for it, but I think over the long haul, it’s going to help us. I’m disappointed about the loss, but encouraged about what I see for our team, and what is going on. We will just continue to work. Last time I checked, they are World Champs. You can talk about them struggling if you want to, but until June rolls around, they’re World Champs.


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Steve Nash

(On the loss)

“It was a disappointing loss. We didn’t break down, we just didn’t make enough plays or play well enough to win the game, so it’s disappointing, but we got to stay positive and keep moving. ”

(On how the team is coming together)

“Well we’re getting better, I think, we just haven’t gotten the results. We just got to keep after it and try to get some results. ”


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Grant Hill

“It was a tough one. We fought hard, and we played hard. We did some good things, came up a little short. Down the stretch I think they made some plays we didn’t. We’ve gone through a lot in the last week, and we’re staying together, we’re going to commit to get through this and getting better, so tonight was certainly a great effort, but we’ll just keep working.” (On what the team talked about at halftime) “It was good. It was good to be up. We talked about we knew they were going to come out, and obviously Kobe came out and was super aggressive, hit a bunch of jump shots and had a big quarter for them. We just made a few adjustments here and there, just talked about what we needed to continue to do and we just didn’t do a great job there in the third, but credit them. They played well, just well enough to win.”

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Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson

Our zone offense needs a little work. I didn’t think we moved the ball the way we want to but we got a couple of baskets at the end that changed the course of that game but we lost a lead due to that. We needed some shooters out there. Our three point shooting was really tough tonight. We needed to have some shooters out there to counter act that. Oh, we’re a power house now.”

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Lamar Odom

“We were just able to get stops. We made shots but I think it was most important that we were able to get stops when we needed them. We just want to play D. Win or lose we of course try to take the good things out of a win and carry them over to the next game. We’re trying to not get too high on ourselves right now and stay on an even keel and take it game by game.”

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Kobe Bryant

“They did a good job. They got some threes in transition. It feels good. It always feels good to come here and win. It depends on how they play defensively. We try to take advantage of Ron starting the game in the post and his match up with Vince. He was able to kind of get into a rhythm from there. We made shots too and that keeps things going.”

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