ON THE NBA/BY KERRY EGGERS/PORTLAND TRIBUNE/2017's quotable quips from notable NBA figures

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Some of the year;s most memorable comments came from Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.The Golden State Warriors didn't just dominate the NBA during the 2016-17 season. They also dominated the professional basketball world in quotes through the 2017 calendar year.

Coach Steve Kerr led the way, but there were nuggets from players such as Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, TV analyst Jim Barnett and even Durant's mother that bear repeating.

Here we go ...

• "I thought it was a perfect metaphor for our conditioning level. I turned around and was like, 'Klay, you have a few extra burgers last night? What happened?'"

— Kerr, on a fan masquerading as a fake Klay Thompson, wearing Warriors jersey No. 11 in the Oracle Arena stands

• "Draymond has mentored and tormented him at the same time. That's a good thing. That's the way it's supposed to be as a rookie."

— Kerr on former Oregon standout Jordan Bell

• "That's always good, in case you can't do math."

— Kerr, commenting on an item called "The Diff" on the scoreboard at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena

• "They might as well just bring a couple of dead bodies on the sidelines. We're not doing anything out there. Just prop us up."

— Kerr, on coaching in the defenseless All-Star Game

• "They would kill us. The game gets worse as time goes on. Players are less talented than they used to be. The guys in the '50s would have destroyed everybody. It's weird how human evolution goes in reverse in sports. Players get weaker, smaller, less skilled."

— Kerr, cracking wise when asked how the current Warriors would stack up against championship teams of previous eras

• "He came off the floor and he was tired and aching. Bruce, not Kevin."

— Kerr, after assistant coach Bruce Fraser and Durant played 20 minutes of one-on-one at a practice before Durant was cleared for duty while rehabbing a knee

• "I do what master say."

— Iguodala, the reference to Kerr after sitting out a game

• "You guys just got Andre'd."

— Kerr

• "Who gives a damn about what his intent was? You ever heard of manslaughter? You still go to jail, I think, when you're texting and you kill someone."

— San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, on the closeout (and undercut) by Golden State's Zaza Pachulia that resulted in a sprained ankle and the loss of Kawhi Leonard in the playoffs

• "It's better than conflict and chaos, right?"

— Popovich on the value of continuity in an NBA organization

• "I'm not going to let them treat us this way. I know Pop's got pedigree and I'm a young rookie, but they're not going to rook us. ... take that for data."

— Memphis coach David Fizdale, in the postgame news conference after the Grizzlies lost to Popovich's Spurs in the playoffs. Fizdale had offered a number of statistical disparities, including his team shooting 15 total free throws and the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard getting 19 by himself

• "I've been playing at the best for quite awhile now — since I was about 16."

— Cleveland's LeBron James, 32, asked during the 2017 playoffs if he were playing the best basketball of his career

• "I'm not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, 'I'm not a role model.' I never showed up at All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying. All I've done for my entire career is represent the NBA the right way. Fourteen years, never got in trouble. Respected the game. Print that."

— James, responding to criticism from TNT's Charles Barkley that James' urging for the Cavaliers to upgrade their roster before the 2017 playoffs was "whiny"

• "The Clippers showed me something tonight. They showed me they got no heart."

— Barkley, after the Clippers blew a 16-point lead and lost to the Warriors

• "Have you looked out of Atlanta lately and seen all these buildings? So you mean to tell me that China is under us? It's not. The world is flat."

— TNT's Shaquille O'Neal, building on Kyrie Irving's theory

• "I'm all for destroying Barkley. Barkley talks a lot — a whole lot for a guy who has not won a championship. Shaq should talk about the champions. Kenny (Smith) should talk about the champions. Ernie (Johnson) can talk about champions. When it comes time to speak about someone who has a championship, Barkley should be muted."

— Draymond Green

• "It's been very healthy so far. It's been very positive for both sides. There's a bit of a bromance for me."

— Chicago center Robin Lopez, on his relationship with the Bulls' mascot, Benny the Bull

• "It's OK, @warriors, in a few months @realDonaldTrump probably won't be able to visit the White House either."

— Lopez, after Stephen Curry announced he wouldn't be interested in the traditional champions' meeting with President Trump at the White House

• "His vocabulary is limited. You gotta use cuss words when you don't have no intellect. He's not intelligent at all. He shouldn't worry about me; he should be worried about playing. I got three words for him — 'Can't play at all.' Oh shoot! That's four."

— LaVar Ball, father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, after Philadelphia center Joel Embiid tweeted, "F—- LaVar Ball"

• "Hey, the taxi industry wasn't ready for Uber, either."

— LaVar Ball, father of rookie Lonzo Ball, on Nike, Adidas and Under Armour all declining to offer endorsement deals

• "This is basketball. This is not whether or not you're going to make it to heaven."

— Wanda Durant, after her son, former Thunder forward Kevin, was booed and taunted during a return to Oklahoma City with the Golden State Warriors

• "Every time I get ejected, I make sure it's late in the game. I'm not messing up like that in the first or second quarter. I make sure it's late in the game if I want to do something."

— Durant, after getting booted for the third time in an 18-game stretch

• "I don't want to say I'm out of position, but those are big boys. I have to make sure I'm well-fed and rested."

— Kevin Love, on playing center for the Cleveland Cavaliers

• "It's a lie. A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put his pants on."

— Love, on trade rumors to New York

• "I liked it when we were crummy, because we got to talk on TV more."

— Barnett, remembering the Warriors' nonplayoff years, when there were fewer commercials to read on air

• "Just listening to the scientists."

— Orlando coach Frank Vogel, who in recent years has adhered to sleep studies by allowing his players to spend the night in a city on the road, then fly the next day instead of leaving immediately after the game

• "We were playing basketball. They are playing MMA."

— Former Atlanta forward Paul Millsap, after a physical opening game of the Hawks-Washington playoff series

• "Excited to head to (City) and join the (Team Name)."

— Markelle Fultz, in an Instagram prewritten message that he forgot to fill in after being chosen by Philadelphia with the first pick of the 2017 draft

• "His force coming up on the ball made me come up with my leg. That's how it happened. I didn't know I kicked him in the nuts."

— Washington's Markief Morris, after kicking Denver's Mason Plumlee in the private parts on a drive to the basket

• "Low tech or high tech? I'm probably pretty low. I just yell for the IT people and they scream at me and tell me the problem exists between the keyboard and the chair."

— Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau

• "(CJ) McCollum had a great night, and (Jusuf) Nurkic kicked our ass. Those two guys singlehandedly won the game for them."

— Denver coach Michael Malone, getting his addition mixed up

• "I'm not coming into any arena trying to be liked. I don't care about being liked. We come in here and we're trying to build something with this young group. If people don't like us while we build it, so what? Do something about it."

— Former Phoenix coach Earl Watson, booed by TD Garden fans for calling timeouts and fouling intentionally in the final minutes of a blowout loss to Boston in order to help Suns rookie Devin Booker reach 70 points

• "At that moment, I wasn't thinking history. I was thinking Dick (Motta, the Washington Bullets coach) would bench me."

— Kevin Grevey, who was either the first or second NBA player ever to make a 3-point shot in 1979

• "We're probably a six-point swing overall from being a six or a seven seed versus where we are today."

— Portland general manager Neil Olshey, when the Blazers were 23-32 and in ninth place in the Western Conference, 10 games behind No. 6 seed Memphis and 7 1/2 games behind No. 7 seed Oklahoma City. At the time, the Blazers were 6-7 in games decided by three points or fewer

• "We're a s—t team, but an underrated s—t team. That's about as accurately as I can put it."

— Dallas coach Rick Carlisle

• "I don't agree that they're a s—t team."

— Portland coach Terry Stotts

• "You don't want to claim you're snakebit, but sometimes it just shows up."

— Stotts, about the Blazers being 30th in the NBA in free-throw defense

• "It looked like he's been sandbagging."

— Dallas guard Wesley Matthews on teammate Salah Mejri, who had 16 points and a career-high 17 rebounds in a win over Philadelphia

• "It's a really sad thing, because you're letting your teammates down when you make a mistake like that. The only thing you can do is learn from it."

— Former Oklahoma City center Enes Kanter, who missed two months because of a fractured forearm suffered punching a chair in frustration during a game

• "I don't need to chaperone. I just wanted to go over and not be as antisocial as I usually am."

— Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy, on spending a night off in Portland with several of his players at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery

• "I was back home, driving horses, so I don't remember that period. But I'm very happy to end the losing streak."

-- Denver center Nikola Jokic, on the Nuggets snapping a nine-game skid against the Blazers at Moda Center that extended to February 2013.

• "He does not want to bomb anybody. He does not. And I'm telling you straight from my mouth."

-- Dennis Rodman and North Korean ruler and "friend for life" Kim Jong-un.

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