The media is making this bigger than it is.
ESPN: Ron Artest has made a point to make his inaugural season in Los Angeles as controversy-free as possible, stonewalling reporters time and time again when asked about his individual effort and turning the conversations to focus on the Lakers as a team.
Artest’s Twitter feed, @RONARTESTCOM, is a different story.
Late Thursday night, Artest’s account posted a string of tweets expressing frustration with Lakers coach Phil Jackson.
The first unedited tweet, posted around 9 p.m. PT, read: “Finally Phil Jackson didn’t mention me in media before talking me Now I can build on game 2. Hopefully he talks to me before the media.”
The next unedited tweet, posted approximately an hour later, read: “Ever since phil mention things about me in media before coming to me first I was weird . So every pray he can somehow close his yapper.”
At Friday’s practice, Artest would neither confirm nor deny that the tweets were his, even though his brother, Daniel, wrote on his own Twitter account, “Whoever hacked [Artest’s] twit page is foul,” hours later.
“I’m never upset at my coach,” Artest said Friday. Artest would also not verify his brother’s claim that the account was hacked either, saying, “You got to call him.”