Philadelphia 76ers swingman Evan Turner, right, moves the ball past Orlando… (John Raoux / Associated…)
Philadelphia guard Evan Turner, on the possibility of Andrew Bynum returning to the 76ers after sitting out this season because of knee injuries: "I don't want to sit here and scream out, 'Come back, come back, come back.' Dude's going through surgery, know what I'm saying? It's going to be tough enough rehabbing and everything."
Comes with territory
Denver guard Ty Lawson, on the evolution of Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant, currently featured in a Nike campaign dubbed "K.D. is not nice": "K.D. has grown a lot. He does have a mean streak now. Back when he was younger, he'd get bumped and he wouldn't say too much. Now he has a mean streak. That comes with him growing up and becoming a leader. The greats also had a mean streak, like M.J. [Michael Jordan], Kobe [Bryant] and everybody like that. It's good that he's getting that."
He says, he says
Indiana forward Paul George, on Cleveland guard Daniel Gibson's contention that George intentionally tried to hurt Gibson last season: "I'm not a dirty player. A young man doesn't come into the league being a dirty player. But whatever he wants to say, he can say."
Boston guard Jason Terry, on expecting to hear cheers in his return to Dallas' American Airlines Center, where he played on two teams that reached the NBA Finals: "Mainly because I've got about 100 tickets, so my cheering section will be in the building."
— Ben Bolch