New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson seeks inspiration from the Japanese manga character Naruto, Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant shuts down retirement speculation and more quotes of the week.
“No matter what the world is saying, I have to remember that I am who I am and stay true to that. That’s what Naruto did, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
— Zion Williamson on learning from Naruto via GQ
“When Bronny makes his choice you’ll hear it from him.”
— Lakers superstar LeBron James on rumors around his son Bronny’s college recruitment.
“I don’t plan on retiring anytime soon. S— is comical at this point.”
— Kevin Durant’s response to rumors saying he might retire from the Nets.
“It’s the most accurate, catchable ball I’ve ever seen.”
— Miami Dolphins head coach, Mike McDaniel on quarterback Tua Tagovailoa via the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz.
“I know I’m a father, but I’m frickin’ Mr. Universe two times. I know what I’m talking about when it comes to this stuff.”
Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown‘s father, John, on weightlifting via HBO’s Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Detroit Lions.
“I thought it [the Kobe trade] was done.”
— Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on a potential trade for former Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant via Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks X show.
“It seems impossible until somebody does it.”
— UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on a potential fight with Canelo Alvarez
“The kids knew not everybody in that locker room was all-in last year. I think they could feel it, and they wanted to weed out some of the warts, some of the bad apples.”
— Texas Longhorns football coach Steve Sarkisian on his team making adjustments for the upcoming season.
“LETS GO!!!!! Dinner on you lil bro.”
— Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey on Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James Jr.‘s contract extension.