Inside the locker room

Here are some of the best postgame quotes from the Lakers’ locker room:

Ron Artest on sitting in the locker room while his new teammates collected their championship rings before the game and a few other comments …
“I had some good seats right in here. it was me by my lonely. The whole team said they wanted to win and they wanted to win today. So we just had to continue to move forward. That was the focus. I guess they had 15 or 20 minutes to really enjoy it, then it was
time to go play. That’s called focus you know. that’s called wanting more, wanting to
reach more. I’m already self-motivated. I’ve been playing for a long time, trying
to win for a long time so I’m there already. I stand by my word. all you got is your word.”

Sasha Vujacic on the emotion of the ring ceremony …
“We had all summer to cry… It was great emotion, it was unbelievable what they did for us. We definitely enjoyed the moment, but it was something we did last year and we have a new journey now. I think we have a very good team, i think we’re much stronger than last year. We’re young, but we’re mature enough to win another one. Each night
is going to be a real challenge for us, everyone is going to come in and try to beat us, but i think we’re good enough to hold them off.”

Phil Jackson on the play of Artest and Andrew Bynum …
“Ron did really well. I thought he shut down defensively really well. Some offensive things he had opportunities on he didn’t complete, but I thought he looked like he was in the mix and knew what was going on most of the time and felt comfortable with what we were trying to do. (Bynum) did pretty well (defensively). In the first half, we talked a little bit about our rotations and help defense and I thought Drew was much better in the second half giving help (to his teammates).”