One of Ron Artest's potential new teammates isn't getting off on the right foot with the forward, the Houston Chronicle and Sacramento Bee reported Thursday.
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming worried about team chemistry when he first heard of the reported trade for Artest, the newspaper reported, and Artest isn't happy about it.
"Hopefully, he's not fighting anymore and going after a guy in the stands," Yao said, the Chronicle reported.
Artest said Yao had bought into "all the propaganda" about him, the Bee reported.
"I understand what Yao said, but I'm still ghetto," Artest said, the Bee reported. "That's not going to change. I'm never going to change my culture. Yao has played with a lot of black players, but I don't think he's ever played with a black player that really represents his culture as much as I represent my culture. Once Yao Ming gets to know me, he'll understand what I'm about.
Edited by Jam22, July 31, 2008 - 08:06 AM.