San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, on his foot bursting through the side of his custom Nikes during a game against Detroit, forcing him to put on a new pair: "I don't know what happened. I stopped and my foot kept going. It just happened. First time it's happened in my career. Very weird, but no big deal."
No Magic formula
Former NBA big man Olden Polynice, on the state of the league: "The product that's being put out there is trash. You know, if Coca-Cola tasted like crap, you wouldn't drink it … so it's the same thing. So a lot of teams — see they sell you a bill of goods at the beginning of the season and it's like everybody sells that same bill of goods [that] we're going for the championship. But we already know only six legitimate teams have a shot at winning the championship.."
Golden State Warriors guard Steve Blake, on his future as he approaches the end of his four-year contract: "I can't lie. I wonder where I'll be next year. If I had the opportunity to be here, I would love it. I already knew from the outside that they were a special team. I didn't realize what a great group of guys it was and how nice it is to play for Coach [Mark] Jackson. Those are all things that I'll be looking for, for a place I'd like to finish off my career at."
Last one out …
New Charlotte Bobcats guard Gary Neal, on his delight in leaving last-place Milwaukee: "I'm getting too old for that tanking stuff."