I've never really worried about being called soft or people thinking I'm soft. If anybody wants to step and take that challenge, I'm more than happy - off the court - because I don't want to get suspended.
That's what I'm always searching for - finding the balance between not caring so much to where I put all this pressure on myself. But still caring enough to where it pushes me to work exactly how I've been working so far.
You're not going to please everybody. I've just got to do whatever I feel is right, just use my judgment.
It's not something that I dwell on. I've never really had a problem with being soft.
The usual practice just isn't enough. I want more edge over my opponents. Cross-training is so important. I can improve myself and have a lower impact on my body.
If you have less games, less back-to-backs, the product's better. The fans will appreciate it more. You see those college guys playing so hard, but they play 36 games in the same amount of time we play 82 almost.
You just have to know that there's people watching you, and you've got to be a positive role model and not put yourself in bad situations.
Partnering with EA Sports and being on the cover of 'NCAA 10 is' very exciting. And to be on the list of guys who have been on the cover before me is exciting.
I feel like people believe I'm thinking a different thing than I am because I have this look about me.
I've never had hard feelings with any of my teammates who decided to leave or felt like it was best to leave.
Sometimes in the moment when I'm doing a press conference, one of my favorite things is to watch reporters.
I think a lot of people have the idea that all I do is dunk and all I do is make layups.
It's just cool to try to leave behind something or improve something from how you left it.
I love the process. It's like I've fallen in love with the process of trying to become great.
Me personally, I'm always going to lead by example first. But there are moments where I need to use my voice and go up to a guy and get my message across.
When you have a tough year or a year that didn't go the way you wanted it, especially the playoffs and all that and not being able to take advantage of our team and our talent on our team, you feel that. And whenever something is taken away from you like that, you definitely cherish it more.
I'm more than blessed to be able to play a PE sport for money.
Before a game, I prefer R&B and stuff that calms me down, like the Weeknd.
I've never seen somebody get more flak than Colin Kaepernick for silently and nonviolently protesting and standing up for something he believes, and something that obviously is an actual problem.
I don't ever enjoy time away from the game. But it does make you appreciate what you have.
To me, the best comedians are the ones that take everyday, normal, boring stuff that no one thinks is funny, and they make it funny. That's the same style I go for.
My first few years in the league, I was relying on my athleticism to get me by, because that's what got me to the NBA. The problem with that is, you end up getting really, really tired by February.
To me, I never get too caught up in the position thing. At the end of the day, you're playing your game.
Basketball is basketball, but with each level, there's new challenges and new things you have to pick up.
Sometimes you get the rap of, 'Don't always play hard,' or, 'Just doing it for the money.' But there are guys that genuinely love the game of basketball and are always playing it and are always out there. There are guys that work hard and actually understand the game and are very knowledgeable off the court as well.
I'm not really trying to be a stand-up comedian. I have a huge amount of respect for the guys who do it. That's their livelihood. That's their job. It's just something that I enjoy.
My dad was 32 in college, and my brother wore 32 in college. So I'm just going to stick with it.
My parents, I've always said, are two of the hardest working people I know.
When the draft lottery came out, and the Clippers said they were gonna draft me, I went to Google to find out more about the Clippers because I didn't know a lot. And I was like, 'Okay, team owned by Donald Sterling.' So then I typed in 'Donald Sterling' in Google, and the first thing that pops up is 'Donald Sterling racist.'
I love L.A. You definitely can't beat the weather, and being close to the beach is nice. It's a good town.
If you get behind in first grade, then you're behind every grade from then on.
I really love to play physical. That's when I feel like I'm at my best... I seek it out.
The biggest thing I think is, 'It's OK to care. It's OK to want to win and to be that team. To be upset when we lose.'
My hair is brown with a tinge of red. The lights in NBA arenas are extremely bright, and that makes my hair look red.
I've got to be the one at the end of games that people can rely on, that our guys can rely on.
In basketball, there's a lot of pushing, grabbing, and shoving going on that nobody else sees. That's why I'm training with MMA fighter Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone.
Oklahoma City's not real small; it's got a good amount of the people.
Teams go on runs. We have to be able to withstand a run and not get down on ourselves.
Growing up, I was always wearing my brother's hand-me-downs, so nothing ever fit me. I told myself whenever I have my own money and my own choice with what I get to wear, it's always going to fit me correctly.
No one has ever bitten me, and I've never bitten anyone on the court.
My everyday go-to style is a lot more casual. I like to wear suits to games, but during the day, going to the gym, I'm in my workout gear. Then if I'm going to lunch meetings, I like to keep it somewhat casual - short-sleeved button-ups, jeans, and sneakers.
I still think, when you go to the Garden, it's a completely different feeling. The energy - there seems like there's just a consistent buzz the entire game.
I know that if I'm going to take myself to where I want to go as an athlete and a person, I have to look at all my training options.
Slow motion goes one of two ways. It either makes it look really, really cool, or it makes it look really, really bad.
Playing 82 games is a haul, and with eight or nine exhibition games, it's a long process. You've got to take care of your body and make sure you're getting your work in and staying healthy throughout the whole season.
Coach Capel's got style. He's always got fresh Nikes on. He's got some pretty sweet suits.