"If Americans and British are here to destroy the regime and liberate Iraq, we welcome them. But if they come to occupy Iraq, we will fight them to the end -- like the Palestinians."
A 26-year-old worker in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.
"Now I guess it hits me that I'm not going to be in a uniform anymore -- and that's not a terrible feeling. It's something that I've come to grips with, and it's time."
After playing for the Washington Wizards in his final NBA game, a 107-87 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in which he scored 15 points.