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Devin Harris thought a trade from New Jersey to Utah would mean a chance at making the playoffs.

March 12, 2011
  • Utah Jazz guard Devin Harris' dreams of taking part in the playoffs might have to be put on hold once again, even after being traded from the lowly New Jersey Nets.
Utah Jazz guard Devin Harris' dreams of taking part in the playoffs… (Marilyn Indahl / US Presswire )

Guess again

Devin Harris, on his first thought after being traded from New Jersey to Utah:

"Playoffs, baby."

Guess again

San Antonio's Tim Duncan, to ABC before getting two points and seven rebounds in the Spurs' loss to the Lakers:

"I'm older and slower and not as good as I used to be, so I'm happy to be in a system that works."

We thought about it, though

Boston Coach Doc Rivers, after losing to the Clippers:

"No one cried. We lost the game. We're good."

Maybe they can do lunch

Miami president and former Knicks coach Pat Riley on New York General Manager Donnie Walsh, who was in Indiana during the '90s "Hicks-Knicks" rivalry:

"Donnie probably still thinks I'm Hannibal Lecter."

Peer review

Rivers, on coach of the year candidates, including the Bulls' Tom Thibodeau, his former assistant:

"I love Thibs. I've said since the middle of the year, there's nobody's team that's changed more. But my vote: Doug Collins, Nate McMillan, Tom Thibodeau, in that order."

Like a decade or two

Utah GM Kevin O'Connor to NBA Confidential's Sam Amick, on the departure of Jerry Sloan:

"It happens. Whether it's Tom Landry or Don Shula or it's Red Auerbach. Those guys meant so much to the franchise that there's an adjustment period."

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