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Inside the NBA: Quotes of the week

It's the Battle of the Big Men back east.

March 05, 2011
  • Magic center Dwight Howard is defended by Bulls center Joakim Noah during the second half of Chicago's 89-81 victory at Orlando on Thursday night.
Magic center Dwight Howard is defended by Bulls center Joakim Noah during… (Kim Klement / US Presswire )

Can't have enough bigmen, or at least two

New York's Jared Jeffries, returning to cheers after being reacquired to make up for traded big men Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Timofey Mozgov:

"They used to yell for me to get off the court."

Real men don't need backups

Orlando General Manager Otis Smith, on his futile search for a reserve center:

"I like our team the way it is.... I guess I'm not sexy enough. Sorry, I'm going to stay with what I have.

"We'll put No. 12 [Dwight Howard] out there and let everybody else out there get all the bigs to battle No. 12. It's not the other way around."

Spurs must haverefocused too

LeBron James, in a tweet before Miami's 125-95 loss in San Antonio:

"20+ games left in phase 2. I'm ReFOCUSED! No prisoners, I have no friends when at WAR besides my Soldiers."

Oh, and I get $190K a game

Baron Davis on joining the Cavaliers:

"There were a lot of doubters and people saying I don't want to come here or I didn't want to be here. That is more motivation to put a sock in everyone's mouth."

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