For those who don’t remember, last year after the Rockets defeated the Portland Trailblazers in the playoffs, Ron Artest was interviewed about their upcoming series against the Lakers. Artest claimed that Brandon Roy was better than Kobe, and re-iterated it when asked to clarify. He then went off and said actually the best player he ever saw was some guy from his neighborhood growing up who was killed by like having the leg of a table jammed through his heart or something. Truly bizarre stuff.
Now that Artest has joined the Lakers, his song about Kobe has vastly changed. In this article from the L.A. Times, Artest was asked about current Golden State Warrior Stephen Jackson’s recent turmoil:
Artest stood by his former teammate when asked about Jackson’s recent demeanor, which included a two-game suspension on top of a demand to be traded.
“The greatest did it before — Kobe, the greatest to ever play the game — and he won a championship after that” demand, Artest said. “He wanted to win. He didn’t want out; he wanted to win. Stephen Jackson probably isn’t as talented as the greatest, but he has got as much heart.”
What about Roy?? What about Leg-Table-Man?? What about, whatsisname, Michael Jordan??
I’m betting at the Lake’s next pre-season game that Kobe keeps feeding Artest the ball every chance he gets.