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Postgame Quotes: Suns at Lakers, January 10, 2012


Head Coach Alvin Gentry

Steve Nash

Shannon Brown

Mike Brown

Pau Gasol

Kobe Bryant

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

(On the game)

“Obviously, Kobe took the game over at the end there. We just couldn’t make a shot, part of it was their defense, part of it was that we just couldn’t make the doggone things. I thought we got some good looks.”

(On the play of the Suns' bigs)

“I thought they did a good job. I thought we did a good job on both [Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol]. Some of the baskets they got freed up because we were either rotating to Kobe or trying to help or something like that, and it freed them up a little bit. But, you know, I thought we played well, it was a one point game with around 5:40 left in the game and we went south from there and just couldn’t make a basket. And obviously Kobe was able to close out the game, but I thought we played hard, I thought we competed.”

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Steve Nash

(On Kobe's performance)

“He’s the best player in the world. You come to expect that type of performance from him. He does it regularly throughout the season and he was phenomenal tonight.”

(On the Suns' performance)

“I thought we played pretty well. We couldn’t score at the end of the game and we gave up too many offensive rebounds again. They got 18 second chance points. I mean, that’s nearly one out of every five points that’s a second chance point, and that’s too many. It made it too difficult for us. We just didn’t play well enough in the fourth quarter.”

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Shannon Brown

(On guarding Kobe Bryant after being his teammate)

“It was crazy. I knew he wasn’t going to let up. I tried not to let his ‘little brother’ comment soften me up. When it was time to play ball, I knew he was going to come out firing and he did. It was great to get out there and guard him. He caught me with a little pump fake. I knew it was coming but I bit on it anyways. It was great to get out there and compete for a win. Hopefully next time we get it.”

(On returning to Los Angeles)

“It was fun. I got a chance to do a lot of things. I got a chance to come back to where my career got a real start to it. Two championships later I’m in a different situation, but I’m still thankful for what happened in LA.”

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Lakers Head Coach Mike Brown

(On Pau Gasol's performance)

“Pau, you know, he gave us 16 and 12 but, I’ll tell you what, he was terrific with his defense. The way he jumped out and attacked the ball screens especially in the last part of the game was very fun to watch. You talk about a guy who is 7’1” that’s long and being aggressive like that in a pick and roll situation to try to help slow those guys down was amazing.”

(On the Lakers' performance)

“We had a lot of guys step up in a lot of different ways that don’t necessarily equate to headline showings but definitely impacted the game the right way for us.”

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Pau Gasol

(On Kobe's performance)

“It was an excellent performance on his part. He was really aggressive, shot the ball extremely well, made big plays and stayed with it pretty much throughout the 48 minutes. It’s not like he slowed down. It was impressive.”

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Kobe Bryant

(On shooting with a torn ligament in his wrist)

“Just making adjustments. You have to figure out a way to get it done. There’s no time to make excuses. If I play bad or have one bad game like I did in Denver, everybody cries for a change or cries for the fact I’m too old. It’s just a bad game with a bad wrist. Nobody wants to hear that, so I make adjustments and go from there.”

(On whether he enjoys performances like tonight's)

“I’m ready for the next one. Tomorrow is going to be a big challenge, especially coming off a back to back and matching up with Raja [Bell]. I’m looking forward to it already.”

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