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Quotes from around the NBA

What players, coaches and others are saying around the league.

November 11, 2012|By Ben Bolch
  • Rajon Rondo doesn't want friends on the court.
Rajon Rondo doesn't want friends on the court. (Jared Wickerham / Getty…)

What about grandma?

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo on his dislike for other teams: "We are competing — there's no friends on the court. Even if you were playing against a family member like your mother, you still go out there and try to beat her."

Read the clips, please

Brooklyn Coach Avery Johnson on his team's credentials, only a few weeks after star guard Joe Johnson said the Nets could beat the Miami Heat to win a title: "Nobody said we're on Miami's level. Nobody ever said it."

Smart players for $400

Miami's Shane Battier, who graduated from Duke with a degree in religion, on his mental prowess: "Playing Jeopardy! I like my chances against any power forward in the league. Print that."

The Obama rules

Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen on playing basketball with President Barack Obama: "I thought the lanes opened up when Michael Jordan used to drive. I used to be like, 'Wow.' But when I saw the president drive, I thought they were bringing the whole motorcade through the lane, it was so wide."

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