Better put it behind glass
Lakers guard Steve Nash, on what usually happens to a milestone basketball such as the one he used Tuesday to record his 10,000th assist in a game against the Houston Rockets: "Usually my 2-year-old ends up dribbling it around the house."
Keep your thoughts to yourself
Memphis Coach Lionel Hollins, when asked whether he passed along comments to team management that he didn't want to break up a team that was 23-10: "If they didn't hear about it this morning, they'll hear about it tomorrow when you write a big, glorious column and I'll get the notes when I'm in Dallas [that] I should have kept my mouth shut."
Speak at your own peril
Boston center Kevin Garnett, on the Celtics' new policy of making players speak with the media before games, which runs contrary to the way Garnett had operated since his rookie season: "I played like crap [after talking to the media] and the next time Terry Porter told me never to do interviews again and I've never done interviews again. But here we're trying something out and it's for the betterment of the team, so I hope this will work."