"When it comes down to it, Dr. Buss is a competitor," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said when Howard was acquired in a four-team trade in August. "And when it comes down to a decision about making a couple of dollars or a million dollars or $10 million or putting another banner up, he can't help himself. He chooses to go for the banner."
"I just know how much he loved the game," said Clippers forward Lamar Odom, who won two championships in seven years with the Lakers. "I know how much he put into it, whether it was traveling with us or just his effort that he put into us winning. He was the best. He was always close to his team and his players. It's tough to hear about that."
"I don't want to be the next Michael Jordan, I only want to be Kobe Bryant."
-Kobe Bean Bryant
"Basketball, unlike football with its prescribed routes, is an improvisational game, similar to jazz. If someone drops a note, someone else must step into the vacuum and drive the beat that sustains the team."
PHIL JACKSON, The Last Season