Houston guard Jeremy Lin, tweeting about the ramifications of arguing with officials over a 24-second violation called against the Rockets: "Got my first ever technical last night and lost $2000 … makes me angry when i [sic] realize thats 2000 mcchickens or 4000 jack in the box tacos."
But will he earn it?
Detroit forward Charlie Villanueva, when asked whether he would pick up the $8.5-million player option for next season that was part of the five-year, $35-million contract he signed in the summer of 2009: "It's obvious what I'm going to do. Would you let that money go?"
Big bucks, little role
New York General Manager Glen Grunwald on forward Amare Stoudemire's role coming off the bench while making nearly $20 million this season: "Salary doesn't matter. We need to come up with a formula that will be successful."