NBA quotes of week: Gregg Popovich, Shaquille O’Neal are heard from

Gregg Popovich
San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popvich thinks pretty highly of Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

MVP talk

San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich, on Chicago’s Joakim Noah being considered a candidate for most valuable player alongside LeBron James and Kevin Durant: “They won’t choose him as the MVP, but I think it’s great that he’s in the conversation and he should be. But it’s just not the way it works, from my experience. It’s got to go in the basket for you guys [media] to pay attention to somebody. But he’s pretty damn valuable in my opinion.”

The Big Techie

Minority Sacramento Kings owner Shaquille O’Neal, on being a tech nerd: “I probably spend $1,000 on apps a week. Last week I bought like 20 deer hunter games. . . . I’m just a geek. When I’m not working, I spend all my money on apps.”


Spotting an iceberg

TNT analyst Charles Barkley, on the possibility of Steve Kerr replacing Mike Woodson as coach of the New York Knicks: “Steve is not that stupid. He’s not going to come to the Titanic.”

Age-worthy issue

Phoenix Suns Coach Jeff Hornacek, on discussions to raise the NBA’s minimum age requirement: “They should raise it to 50, and then I can come back and play.”


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