“I’d rather (Lakers management) not trade him, but if they’re going to do it, f—— do it already. If you’re not going to do it, come out and say you’re not going to do it.”

KOBE BRYANT, Los Angeles Lakers guard, on rumors that the team may be trying to trade forward Pau Gasol. The Lakers agreed to trade Gasol to Houston as part of a three-team trade that would have seen point guard Chris Paul join the team, but was vetoed by NBA Commissioner David Stern, who said he was acting in the best interests of the league-owned New Orleans Hornets.