Ron Artest is Prepared for Anything
So as I’m up late studying last night, I was passively listening to Inside the NBA. I have found that the NBA is a great thing to have on in the background because I can tune it out due to its general lack of excitement, and still be able to pay attention for the five minutes or so that are actually interesting.
Well in the Rockets-Lakers game last night, a few notable events occurred. First, the Lakers went to the line whenever a Houston player looked at them funny. And when you’re dealing with the unique mugs of guys like Scola, Yao, and Artest’s haircut, that happens a lot. Second, there were a ton of cheap shots. Kobe has been the ringleader of the dirty play thus far with a cheap shot at Battier in Game 1 and an elbow to Ron Artest’s throat last night.
The pinnacle of entertainment came in the postgame interviews though, when Artest took a trip down memory lane for an anecdote about how he is ready for physical play. Role that video! **Update: Story Confirmed.
Yeah, go ahead and watch that again. Seriously, if Kobe tries to throw something through his heart, he’ll be ready. If Brick wields a trident, Artest will not be phased. Ron Artest continues to astound America with his ability to shock. Last night just added another level of depth and a little more insight into the life of Ron.
Moving back to Kobe before we get back to a video of another Artest moment, what an unmitigated jackass this guy continues to be night after night. After his shots to Battier in Game 1 when Battier was trying to get off the floor, he hits Artest in the throat with an elbow in Game 2, then gets T’d up for taunting Battier shortly thereafter. Who taunts Shane Battier? What’s Shane going to say back? “I certainly respect your opinion sir, good luck.”
Talking trash has become part of the game, so it’s hard to be mad at him for that, but when viewers see you shout the same line over and over during the same game, that’s not cool. At least give us some creativity. Nothing would make me happier than seeing Houston knock L.A. out of the playoffs.
Anyway, here is a video of Artest after Game 6 of the Rockets first round win. Also, check out the related video involving Yao and Artest and the club. That came from the same press conference. Go in about 0:50 for the good stuff.