O'Neal: "We want [stuff] done right. As long as it's my team, I'll voice my opinion. Yep, it's my team. You [media] guys might give it to him, like you've given him everything else his whole lifetime, but this is the Diesel's ship. And if we're not right, I'm going to go out there and try to get [it] right.... Just ask Karl [Malone] and Gary [Payton] why they wanted to come here. [It was because of] one person, not two. One."
Bryant: "I have been successfully sacrificing my game for years for Shaq. That's what [coach Phil Jackson] wanted me to do, so I did it. Last year Phil told me Shaq was not in physical condition to carry the trust of our offense, so he asked me to do it. But then he saw Shaq was getting upset that the team wasn't running through him, so Phil asked me to pull back, and I did."