Ariza on Artest: “He’s doing a good job. It’s tough to go into that system and learn how to do things your first year.”

Trevor spoke about Ron and the triangle. Great stuff here.

Chron: Trevor Ariza rolled his eyes and let out the sort of laugh that seemed to say he did not find anything particularly funny.

Ron Artest, Ariza’s predecessor with the Rockets and successor with the Lakers, had been comparing himself to Ariza again, this time going a different way with the attention-grabbing — imagine that — suggestion that Ariza was not only a better fit for the Lakers but a better player because Ariza has a Lakers championship ring.

But Ariza was not moved by the Artestian praise.

“He’s probably only saying that because people have been yelling,” Ariza said. “He’s doing a good job. It’s tough to go into that system and learn how to do things your first year.

“If that’s what he wants to say, I appreciate it, but I’m just trying to play here.”

When asked if he thought Artest was sincere with his opinion, Ariza did not seem to care.

“I don’t think so, but whatever,” Ariza, 24, said. “That’s his team, and this is the team I’m on. We have to do what we have to do.

“I didn’t hear it. Even if I did, I wouldn’t study it. I’m just here to play, finish out the season right. Why would we even think about that? He’s 260, I’m 210. He’s stronger. I’m a little quicker. That’s not for us to decide.”

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  • Marwan Marzina

    Is it me or has Ariza become abit of an 'ass' now that he's in Houston?
    Artest was being kind to Ariza, how can Ariza 'not care' and not give a compliment back to him?
    Well if this is the way Ariza is gonna act then good riddance, Artest got the best of the matchup tonight.