Post-game quotes from Lakers' 107-83 victory over Golden State Warriors
Where are the rolling pictures, you may ask? They're stored digitally in my camera, but numerous technical mishaps led to sound that's far from audible. So in the best compromise I can think of, below is a transcript of some of the Lakers' quotes shared by the team's public relations staff. Keep in mind these transcripts don't consist of the entire interviews that took place, but hopefully it gives you enough of a gist.
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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant
On if the team's bench play will make the back-to-back games Tuesday against Memphis and Wednesday at Sacramento easier: "Our bench is very solid, very solid. They rarely make mistakes. They stay within the structure and they play well together."
On the starters being able to rest: "That is going to definitely help a lot. When we get [Andrew Bynum] back, that should help out a lot. Even tonight, in a game like tonight, Pau [Gasol] is playing a great deal of minutes. I would like to see him rest a little more."
On what he feels best about the Lakers' play: "We're 3-0. The games go by this early in the season, and you just continue to play."
Lakers forward Pau Gasol
On what the team team can improve on: "We're going to be challenged every night and we understand that. I think we can improve defensively. There's still a lot of room for improvement. Obviously, there are a lot of games to go. But we're excited. I think we're pretty happy about how things are going right now."
On the how the Lakers presented matchup problems for Golden State: "We've been successful against them the last couple of years. If you want to continue to be successful, that's a team that you can't really relax on because they have a lot of players that are talented and up-tempo guys. If you fall asleep, they can put a lot of runs together."
Lakers forward Lamar Odom
On his rebounding effort: "I feel good. I'm in shape. I'm following and getting rebound, and I'm trying to make plays, especially on the offensive rebound. I'm just being active. I'm confident. I'm playing with a team that has a lot of chemistry so I kind of know what to expect."
On getting aggressive early: "I want to get myself involved in the game and get going pretty early so I can find that rhythm, and find that spot and always be comfortable at taking shots whenever I'm on the court. I'm just looking to attack first.
Lakers forward Ron Artest
On his defensive assignments once Kobe's knee gets healthy: "We just go with the flow. I'm sure it depends on the matchup and it depends on what team it is. If I have to guard the best player, I will unless it's not going to benefit us. Sometimes I want to guard the best player but it just doesn't help our lineup."
On his approach to guarding Warriors guard Monta Ellis: "Just team defense. It wasn't anything I did. It was more about what we're going to do as a team, and just sticking to the script, team-wise."
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Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom, right, and Golden State point guard Jeremy Lin battle for a loose ball during the second half of the Lakers' 107-83 victory Sunday. Credit: Lori Shepler / Associated Press