Artest upset at Yao's comments
Posted July 31, 2008 - 02:14 PM
Team Ron Ron
Posted July 31, 2008 - 02:29 PM
This has a recipe for disaster. This is the exact reason why I didn't want Artest, he WILL cause chemistry issues. In fact, his reputation itself is enough to cause troubles.
Kobe and Odom are both friends with Artest so I'm sure they wouldn't say anything like this about Artest if he came.
Posted July 31, 2008 - 04:30 PM
Just like me.
is it just me or does Artest cause controversy everywhere he goes? haha
More on topic though, what the heck was Yao thinking here? It's funny, but just dumb on Yao's part.
Edited by Chicano, July 31, 2008 - 04:32 PM.
Posted July 31, 2008 - 04:32 PM
Posted July 31, 2008 - 06:01 PM
I see faith in your eyes
never you hear the discouraging lies
broken is the promise, betrayal
the healing hand held back by deepened nail
follow the god that failed
Posted July 31, 2008 - 06:08 PM
Posted July 31, 2008 - 06:52 PM
Edited by Kwame is in my closet, July 31, 2008 - 06:54 PM.
Posted July 31, 2008 - 07:50 PM
I hope the trade is off, and the lakers get him.....kobe would never say something like that
Yea, but PJ would.
Posted August 01, 2008 - 10:06 AM
well, anyway.. demand a trade already!
Posted August 01, 2008 - 11:58 AM
Artest appreciates ‘great’ talk with Yao
Ron Artest wanted to be judged by actions, not by anything he had said or was about to say. So when asked how he felt about the trade completed just days ago that will send him to the Rockets, he immediately pointed to something he had already done.
“I got my house already,” he said. “About to get settled in and start working out.”
Any wariness that he had Wednesday about Yao Ming’s comments was gone, ended by a conversation with Yao that Artest said “was great.”
Yao had generally praised Artest and the trade but had said he was concerned about “chemistry” and made a joking reference to the incident when Artest went into the stands after a fan, inspiring Artest to say he would be happy to come to Houston only if Yao and the Rockets demonstrated their commitment to the move.
That all changed Thursday.
“Yao reached out,” Artest said. “He said some real nice things. I really appreciate it. It was nice of him.”
With that, Artest’s mood had returned to the excitement his representative, Mark Stevens, had described in the hours after the deal.
“He’s outrageous,” Stevens said. “He’s happy, he’s jumping, he’s fantastic right now.
“He is happy as he can be to be put in a situation to compete for a championship. He’s ecstatic.”
By Thursday, Artest was happy to talk about basketball and joining Tracy McGrady, Rafer Alston and Shane Battier with the Rockets.
“Definitely playing with Tracy, I’ve got a guy that can take over a game,” Artest said. “I got my thing. I can take over a game defensively.
“Rafer, he’s my idol. I grew up watching him. I watched him at Rucker Park (in New York). Everybody looks up to Rafer and is proud of Rafer. He grew up in a tough environment, playing street ball and adjusted his game to be a star in the NBA. I not only have admiration for him, but I’m happy for him.
“Me and Shane have been playing together for quite some time. Every time we played it’s always a battle. When we first played against each other (15 years ago) Shane used to be way bigger than me. I really admire Shane because Shane at Duke was the star and he’s still playing defense, hitting big 3s and is such important part of the Houston Rockets. That’s why I wouldn’t mind coming off the bench as a sixth man or seventh man.”
Artest said he was excited about the move for reasons ranging from contending for a championship to establishing his foundation, “XL University” in Houston to provide scholarships for Houston students in private schools or heading to college. But he said he did not want to say much.
“My game speaks for myself,” he said. “I’m one of the top thee or four two-way players in the game. I do love to play defense. I got scoring all around me now. I can just contribute.
“I am happy. I’m always happy. I have family, a beautiful wife, four kids. I’m always in good spirits, always happy. I’m blessed.
“I guess over time you get to know people. The first day is the interesting day. The next days always get better. I don’t want to write a book in the newspaper today. We will over time.”
Posted August 01, 2008 - 01:08 PM
Edited by netlord, August 01, 2008 - 01:08 PM.
Posted August 01, 2008 - 01:15 PM
United we stand. Divided we fall.
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