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"I'm pissed off; I want to win," Marion said after the Raptors fell to 2-8 since the trade. "I don't want to go out there and lose every night. I didn't come here for this. I didn't expect this. We have a talented team, man. We have to pull together and help each other. We have to decide now if we're going to fold it up or look in the mirror, make a stride, and get on with it." -- Brian Windhorst, Cleveland Plain Dealer
-- "When Michael Ruffin learned he had been traded from the Chicago Bulls last month, he and his wife, Mistye, rounded up their four children, packed enough clothes and belongings to get through the season and grabbed their jar of yet-to-hatch crescent gecko eggs before heading to Portland. All of this after they found temporary homes for their bearded dragon, African spur-thigh tortoise, tarantula, three dogs, corn snake, hamster and ferrets." -- Joe Freeman, The Oregonian
"If I were more nervous about Rose and his rookie season, it'd be a bit more worrisome that he seems no better than when he began his year, and production-wise he's actually worse. Instead I'll figure not even an Org. that practices trashing more times than developing, or a coach that can use Tim Thomas to strip Tyrus Thomas of minutes can screw Derrick Rose up." -- Blog-a-Bull
-- "With the playoffs drawing near and games increasing with intensity, what better time then now to unveil the bloggers top 10 most hated NBA Players? We at Bust a Bucket used a very advanced method of basketball calculations to find out exactly who the top 10 players were. I'm kidding, I wouldn't know the first thing about real basketball math." -- BustaBucket
-- "I'm not the type of guy who rolls out here and spends mad money on this and that. I spend it on my kids or my wife or something like that but just save that cheese, that's my whole thing." -- Rasheed Wallace to Michael Grange
-- "Organizations, not teams, win championships. The Pistons won a title in 2004 because of Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace. They won because of Larry Brown. They won because of Arnie Kander and Mike Abdenour. They won because of Joe Dumars. And they won because of Bill Davidson, who put everyone else into motion." -- Dan Feldman, PistonPowered
-- "While Shaquille O'Neal is the grandmaster of NBA ballers using Twitter, he is far from alone. Below is a starters guide of NBA players that you should can follow on Twitter, along with a random selection of the kind of "tweets" you can expect to read from them." -- NBA Noise