Pete, here’s some advice: Don’t mess with the best player in the game today. You can mess with LeBron, sure go ahead, but not with Kobe.
HoopsHype: We had a little conversation on the court that went like this… Kobe said to me “Hey, this game might get you in the NBA,” trying to be a smartass. “If you think that, then put your money where your mouth is,” I replied. “I put your $10 million against your $100 million.”
One hour before the game I was told Ron Artest said “Pete who?” when they asked him if he knew who he was going to guard. “Anyway, it really doesn’t matter what he said. It had no factor the way I play. He doesn’t even have to know me at all. I could care less what any guy says, good or bad. I’m a team basketball player. He started off physical, tried to show his physical strenght, and I didn’t back down at all. This is our gym, our home, they came to Barcelona to play us. I don’t really want to get into what happened with Artest on the court. I don’t know him at all, just saw him on TV and I had never played him.”