by Marcel Mutoni

Even if you don’t care for the Houston Rockets one bit, you sort of worry about Ron Artest’s addition to the team. It’s only natural; when a combustible element is added to an already dicey mix, everyone is forced to sit up a little straighter.

And this applies not just to the media, fans and casual observers; the players are equally anxious. Take Artest’s newest teammate Yao Ming, for instance.

The Houston Chronicle brings us the big man’s thoughts on the stunning trade:

“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,” said Yao. “We will think about it, of course. Hopefully, he’s not fighting anymore and going after a guy in the stands.”

I would honestly pay good money for a ballsy Rockets staffer to sneak that amazing quote into the team’s media guide next season.

The Ron Artest Experiment in Houston is going to be fun, yes?