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* "A while ago, back when Myspace was more like Facebook and less like Adultfriendfinder.com, I came across LaSalle Thompson's page in a random Pacers search. Assuming it was some sort of fan site, I sent a friend request. But instead of being accepted, I receive a not-at-all-friendly 'Who's this? Do I know you?'" -- Basketbawful.
* Ray Allen: "I always tell guys whether they like it or not, we're all political at some point because there is a line that we have to cross, and we're either on one side or the other on it." -- New York Times.
* Danilo Gallinari: ""I need to talk a little bit with them about that. Because it's not so good, the pronunciation. I will talk about that. As for the music, no, not so good." -- New York Daily News.