“Im so hood that (Ron Artest) should have been on the original version”

This cut had to have cost at least 50 or 60

This cut had to have cost at least 50 or 60

If you haven’t heard, Ron Artest has been traded from the Sacramento Kings to the Houston Rockets in what can only be described as a salary dump for the Kings. The Rockets in turn sent the Kings this years draft pick, Donte Greene, next years number 1 pick (probably number 23-30), and veteran guard Bobby Jackson who has 1 year and 6.1 million left on his contract.

Great trade for both teams. The Kings weren’t going anywhere with Artest and weren’t going to resign him anyway, and the Rockets get that all important third star that should help them finally get out of the first round of the playoffs. So that’s the end of the story right? Wrong. This is the NBA, and there is always a story.

Ok so some reporter asks Yao Ming how he feels about the trade and he responds this way”:

When I text messaged with [teammate] Luis [Scola], we talked about team chemistry. That’s only what worries us. We worry about the new attitude to the team. We are adding talent to the team and we need that, but building team chemistry is important. This is not bad. I don’t mean he is not welcome to Houston. But a new player always needs some time.

“There’s worry. Obviously, yes. We will think about it, of course. Hopefully, he’s not fighting anymore and going after a guy in the stands. I haven’t talked to Ron yet, so it’s hard to say. I have to find a way to talk to him and see what we can do as a basketball team. He has a history. But we know he is a physical player. He is a good player. He really can help us. And Ron is on a contract year, too.”

With all that Yao said, or course only the part I highlighted was relayed back to Artest. Some hack reporter then asks Artest how he feels about what Yao said and Artest drops this gem:

“I understand what Yao said, but I’m still ghetto,” Artest said, according to the report. “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.”*

Man, that Artest guy is special. I don’t really blame him for his response ‘cus I would have been heated too if I had just expressed my excitement at being traded to the a playoff contender and the teams “leader**” had some shit to say. This is once again a case of the media creating the news instead of simply reporting on it, but what are you going to do. We live in the ESPN age of sports journalism.

I want to know your thoughts on what he said though. Agree? Disagree? Both? Holla

*At least he didn’t throw up a gang sign a’la Paul Pierce

**People act like Yao is the leader of that team but its really T-Mac, don’t believe the hype

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