SBD/Weekend Rap

Quick Hits....

"We haven't played a game yet. Look back at the big deal that won last summer and ask how it’s working for everyone now" – Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban, on the team's prospects after C Dwight Howard, who was traded last offseason, signed with the Rockets (ESPN.com, 7/5).

"I think it was a safe move for him to go to a little town like Houston. That's right, little town. I said it" – Former NBAer Shaquille O'Neal, on Howard (AP, 7/6).

"We're spending $400 million improving our facility. Why wouldn't we? We can look at soccer, football, music. We can do anything. The opportunities are limitless" – Daytona Int’l Speedway President Joie Chitwood III, on the facility which broke ground on renovations on Friday (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 7/6).

"It's just not club policy to be putting religious symbols on the playing field or throughout the ballpark. I didn't ask for the reason behind it. I just asked for it to stop" – MLB Cardinals Senior VP & GM John Mozeliak, on removing a cross carved into the back of the Busch Stadium pitching mound in honor of Stan Musial on Friday (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 7/6).

"I never leak stories, as you guys all know. They try to get me to leak stories. You have to find another source if you want stories leaked. And this was very tight-lipped" – Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge, on keeping the hiring of coach Brad Stevens a secret (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/7).

"How much more do I need? I thought of it that way. Do you want to mess with how things are working for the chance to get $200,000, $300,000 or maybe $400,000 more a year? I didn't" – Penguins LW Pascal Dupuis, on taking less money to sign a new contract with the team (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 7/7).
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