Not backing down
Boston guard Rajon Rondo after he shoved Brooklyn's Kris Humphries in retaliation for Humphries' committing a hard foul on the Celtics' Kevin Garnett, earning Rondo a two-game suspension: "I don't think I did anything dirty. I didn't try to start a riot. I don't think it was more than just a pushing war."
Shoot the messenger
Golden State General Manager Bob Myers, when asked whether he could understand how fans might feel deceived after only recently being told that center Andrew Bogut underwent microfracture surgery on his ankle last spring: "I can absolutely see their position and feel terrible about that. If there was blame to be laid on how this was communicated, that blame ultimately lies with me as the general manager of this organization."
Bobcats with bite
Charlotte forward Byron Mullens after the Bobcats defeated Washington for their seventh victory, matching last season's win total after only 12 games: "We have some fight in us now."