"We both wanted him. I told him what I felt about Phil and how much I loved him, and it went down that road. It just didn't work out" – Lakers G Kobe Bryant, on Exec VP/Player Personnel Jim Buss' efforts to get Phil Jackson to return as coach (FOXSPORTSWEST.com, 11/14).
"It was like putting up a sign that said, 'Use ESPN instead'" – Dan Fogarty, editor-in-chief of the Sports Grid blog, on Yahoo's fantasy football service crashing an hour before the kickoff of many NFL games Sunday (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 11/14).
"We are looking very, very carefully at an athlete biological passport program in tennis" – ITF anti-doping manager Stuart Miller, on the organization considering whether to adopt blood-testing measures used by cycling and track & field to catch doping (AP, 11/13).
"We see a project like this as really upholding our core values. This is a way for us to put some sweat equity back into our community" – Ducks VP & CMO Aaron Teats, on the team giving an elementary school a $90,000 makeover that included an 80-foot-by-40-foot street hockey rink (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 11/14).