Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  79 responses

Video: Rockets Get Emotional, Dumb

by Marcel Mutoni

The Lakers did what they had to do last night, and tied their series with the Rockets. They defended, scored, and got physical. Sometimes, a little too physical. Accoring to Ron Artest, anyway.

Ron-Ron — who had every right to be upset with Kobe after getting elbowed in the throat — was the story for his ejection, but he wasn’t the only Rocket who left the game in less than admirable fashion.

Lost in the shuffle was Von Wafer’s ejection from the game. The Houston Chronicle reports:

In between, in a sign of the passions the series had so quickly stirred, Lakers guard Derek Fisher had already been ejected for a flagrant foul of Luis Scola, and Von Wafer had been sent off the court when he threw a water bottle after being removed from the game.

Adelman and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey called the incident “a team matter.” Morey would not say if there would be further repercussions.

The series shifts to Houston tomorrow night, where Rockets fans are hoping their team can regain its composure as the pressure and tension mount. Good luck with all of that.

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  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Fred34

    Being part deaf, I read lips – Ron said, “you – me – the parkin lot – afta the game – Imma cut yo throat fo *REAL* nucca – bet”

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    this is why i hate kobe

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Ok, this is my first time seeing this. Kobe clearly threw his elbow and should have been tossed. The damn refs were right there, so i’m not sure why they didn’t catch this? If I was Artest, I would have reacted the same way. BS.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Clearly, if you play for either Boston or LA, refs are giving you the benefit of the doubt.

  • RarRayJr

    Ah let the Kobe hate begin ^^^…Kobe boxed out with elbows out and very aggressive just like ur taught when u first start playing basketball. Artest was getting taken the whole game by Kobe n he got pissed bc Kobe was outplaying him through every facet of the game…including boxing out.
    This game showed why an Artest led team will never win a ship bc he can’t keep his cool

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic Fredd

    can’t wait for the revenge haha

  • riggs

    The funny thing is how joey crawford throws himself at ron to protect the golden child.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    This has to be the worst called playoffs ever. I’m getting more disgusted by the day. Can SLAM officially petition this or something?

  • Gii

    What about LeBron and all of his favorable and non-calls too? seems like that gets a lot less play.

  • Gii

    ^^Although Bron’s not throwing ‘bows or anything, but just in general how he rarely gets called for anything…

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    RayRay: Let me just say I could care less. I will be the first to readily admit that i’m not a fan of Kobe, but I respect his game. However, being objective you cannot say that Kobe was clearly just “being aggressive” with a standard fundamental. That is BS. He clearly thru his elbow into Ron with intent. I’m sorry, he did. If you want to call me a blind hater, i’m ok with that.

  • ron

    benefit of the doubt? Ha

    com’on! if you could see this clear enough in youtube, you think the refs couldn’t see it?

    my advice to the Lakers? let the like of Trevor or Bynum do it.

    my advice to kobe? he surely needs to brush up his cheap shot. MJ’s would only be caught on camera in slow motion.

    my advice to the rockets? stop even thinking they stand a chance. keep marketing and stop fighting.

  • IndyB.

    ^^^thats because its expected for the MVP… it’s always been that way… remember the calls Karl Malone got?

  • ti-sizz

    OKAY KOBE, you had a niice shooting game, now tone out the cheapness DAANG…. didnt you hear ronron?? play FAIR AND SQUARE, without the ‘bows…dang.. and he raised his hands up, pretending like he’s the innocent one who doesnt know why artest is yapping at him.. i really hope kobe gets hit hard… that was so BS

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    MY GOD there are stupid people here. Ron, IndyB, RayRay, Gil: All of you, on the small bus, now.

  • German Reignman

    Jukai being the voice of reason … something is terribly wrong here

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  • RarRayJr

    U guys complaining about that have clearly never played competetive basketball. If u want someone to get off ur ass while trying to get a board AND they r behind u put ur elbows out and swing hard to box em out or get em off u.
    U guys need to stop acting like a bunch of girls.
    This wasn’t even remotely close to the bow dwight Howard threw

  • RarRayJr

    TAD yes Kobe “threw” it with intent…with the intent of getting Ron Ron off his ass.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/christopher_sells-authorHV106.html chiqo

    you’ve never played with referees if you swing your elbows and think it’s within the rules. you’ve never played against anyone of real merit if your swing your elbows at them and it doesn’t result in some sort of fisticuffs.

  • cdef28

    Kobe had inside position and boxed Artest out like you would want him to if you were a coach. Ron kept riding him and Kobe pulled a good one. And Ron, people can mess with you. You are dumb. Remember Ben Wallace? You can’t talk like you are the biggest baddest dude after that.

  • stokesey

    ^^^ Amen, blatent or not it was one play ( geez i miss the nineties, hard fouls were the norm in a regular game let alone playoffs) even kobe said he was surprised Ron – Ron got tossed

  • Blue

    F*ckin Joey Crawford…

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Co-sign Chiqo. RarRayJr’s rec league is full of a bunch of elbow swining p*ssies.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Yeah, thats it. Because we think Golden Boy shouldn’t be untouchable and able to throw intentional elbows, we have never played a day of organized basketball. I’m glad you figurd that one out detective.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I want Myles Brown to come in and comment on THIS news article, and tell me Lakers fans aren’t hatable.

  • http://slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/fear/ Fred34

    It’ll be interesting to see how everyone reacts when someone throws bron down with a hard foul, and even more interesting to see how folks react when bron throws his retaliation hard foul – it’s a contact sport, it’s the playoffs and thank god no team is going to just lie down and play dead.

  • rav

    ah well, at least he wasnt as bad as didier drogba last night…

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    Ron Ron is no Drogba.

  • Myung

    Can we start a “Announcers must stop saying the word ‘Chippy’” petition?

  • RarRayJr

    Thank u cdef28!
    Jukai n chiqo need to stop talking bc they don’t know about playing ball and being aggressive. Shut ur mouth (stop typing) if ur only experience with basketball is watching it from the sidelines, TV, or NBA Live.
    Kobe hater or not u need to realize that was a basketball play

  • Myung

    I loved the Artest interview after the game. He knew he was going to get a technical… it was all part of his game plan. The man knows what he’s doing. He’s in total control. He is officially my favorite player on the 2009 Playoffs. Go Rockets!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Rockets, get dumb, emotional? C’mon now..Wafer was the only dumb one, Ron’s actions were blown out because he was ejected, and that only happened because the refs were trying to keep things peaceful, any other game and ron just gets a tech. I guess Walton’s tech and Fisher’s foul were very intelligent moves….call it both ways refs…

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    and to add to this: Ron Arest in an interview after the game:

    “Uh, wow. I understand it’s the playoffs. I remember when I used to play back home in the neighborhood there were always games like that. I remember one time, one of my friends, he was playing basketball and they were winning the game. It was so competitive, they broke off a piece of leg from a table and they threw it and it went right through his heart and he died right on the court.”

  • cdef28

    I have nothing against Ron. If he was smart he would have gotten back at Kobe on another play. It was stupid to just walk right up to him and get in his face. Kobe is a smart player, not Artest. And I’m not saying Fisher is smart either. Scola uses his elbows a lot more than Kobe though. Watch him in the post next game. He’s a master at not getting caught. At least Fisher physically let Scola have it rather than pull that weak stuff Ron did.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    RarRayJr would not last a god damn SECOND in some of the courts I play on. If you throw elbows, you either leave or you’re made to leave.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    WOW Mutoni. What is it with these biased headlines? You’re a Lakers fan, WE GET IT. The Rockets are dumb for being emotional? GET OUT OF HERE.

  • Diesel

    How does Kobe throw an elbow and its a foul on Ron? …and then they kick him out of the game too? The rule states an elbow above the neck of another player is an automatic suspension. Kobe should be suspended. Fisher too. If nothing else the officials will keep an eye on Kobe and his cheap shots.

  • Kevin

    I know Kobe acted like a peacemaker role, but you can tell he was shook. I mean everybody know Kobe cant fight, where Chris Childs at?

  • http://effyou@heythere.com Allenp

    Did y’all notice that Ron went to ref first, plead his case and then whent he refs didn’t handle it, he handled it himself?
    That’s how you do it.

  • http://www.liveddb.com DDB

    Yesterday the Lakers were soft. Today, everyone is still complaining about them. The Lakers gave everyone what they were looking for. It’s impossible to please people when you are Kobe.

    Kobe’s elbow wasn’t bad at all. Artest was all over his back and he was getting him off him. It flew a little high and hit him in the upper chest. It was not even close to the degree of D. Howard on Dalembert. That was blatant and not even in the course of making a play.

    Kevin: wasn’t Kobe 18 when he fought Childs (a grown man). Growing up in Italy and going to Lower Merion, that was probably his first fight ever!

  • Erik

    I read it in a previous post . “Gotta love the nba class system ”

    im assuming its sarcasm

  • Diesel

    DDB can you be any more biased??? So that elbow hit him in the upper chest? You need to watch the replay. There’s a difference between being tough and being dirty. What Kobe and Fisher did was dirty.

  • Diesel

    Allenp – yeah I liked that too. Ron basically said if the refs are going to let it slide I’m going to get in your face and let you know that’s not happening again.

  • underdog

    Ron Ron is the real playa’. Period. Too bad you can’t count on him…

  • underdog is stupid


  • goldenc

    ima lakers fan and i thought that was a cheap shot by kobe. artest shouldnt have been ejected, kobe should of been. the nba has changed a lot since MJ left.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/christopher_sells-authorHV106.html chiqo

    @ray-ray: name an instance to me when you were playing in an organized game and an elbow was thrown and the ref said it was ok. name one. after that, name me a time in an unorganized game where an elbow was thrown and the person receiving the elbow was ok with it and not upset. name one. i’ll wait.

  • Alex

    It’s ridiculous to suggest Kobe should have been ejected. He threw a single elbow while boxing out. Clearly he should have been called for a personal, but even a tech would strike me as overkill. As for Ron I think if it had been anyone but him yelling at Kobe they would have just gotten T’d up. It’s pretty tough to live down punching fans in the face as far as refs are concerned.

  • Alex

    It’s also pretty silly to get mad at Kobe for putting his hands up when Ron began with his aggressive close talking. Kobe was just making the smart basketball play: not getting a technical.

  • http://www.liveddb.com DDB

    Fisher’s play was a cheap shot. Kobe’s, I don’t think so.

    Either way America, and the league itself, is so soft anymore that I am really concerned for the future of both.

  • http://www.ballislife.com/ Moose

    This reminded me of an article I read in Sports Illustrated a while ago: Kobe Bryant is the best at doing the little, dirty things that count and not getting caught.

  • Doobie

    for one that was not an elbow to the “throat” i play basketball @ a small college ive been elbowed in the throat and idc how tough you are you’re going down after it you wont run to the ref and tell him you will be gasping for air, was it and intentionl elbow, yes but as rough as Artest plays grow some down there and dont cry when someone is rough back

  • KoBynum716

    Kobe should not have been ejected. He should have definitely been called for the foul, no question, but to say he’s dirty is ridiculous, he had no intent. And Artest is just dumb for trying to call out Kobe like that. He’s much dirtier than Kobe, so he has no right to say stupid sh!t like that.

  • http://effyou@heythere.com Allenp

    Your name is KoBynum716…

  • Tommy Patron

    Now they just announced that Fisher and Alston will each be suspended for one game and that Kobe was assessed a flagrant one for an “elbow to the chest area”. What a farce the NBA has become. Of course, an elbow ANYWHERE above the “chest area” would be an automatic suspension, so I’m glad that the NBA was able to differentiate between those 2-3 inches from the distant replay otherwise Kobe might miss a game.

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  • tizzle

    As soon as ron got dragged away kobes like “hold me back” trying to get at him but when rons in his face he got his hands up in the air like a bit*ch

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    LMFAO @ KOBYNUM716: Ron Artest is dirty? LMFAO!!!

  • PL

    Isn’t “Von Wafer” the best name in the League???

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Horrible headline. Stupid Laker fans posting. What’s new…

  • http://www.slamonline.com John D

    RayRay: Was Kobe kneeing Shane Battier in the head just part of boxing out too?

  • http://mc-datkid.blogspot.com Who’s Dat Kid?

    I heard the NBA has been jocking KB

  • http://slamonline.com Nw09

    Typical Kobe hate. I like how people jsut hate Kobe for being the start player every other star player is but for some reason he somehow gets the most hate thrown at him.

    Anyway if any of you morons saw the tape or review Ron Artest threw the first elbow and he got Kobe in the head, after that Kobe box out by swinging his elbow below the face area, and it wasn’t intentional. Now if another player had been in this situaton not named Kobe I’m sure the comments would’ve been more linieant but since the guy is Kobe it’s the same “He’s a monster” feedback.

    The foul wasn’t intentional at all.

  • http://slamonline.com Nw09


    Kobe stepping away does not make him a b-tch he did the right thng because he knew if went the overload he would’ve gotten provoked into getting suspended and that’s exactly what people want to see.

    As many hard plays and intentonial plays we’ve seen similar to this one I didn’t see anyone get this heated and hateful, but when the guy wears number 24 that’s when the typical pointless hate re-surfaces, it’s getting old now.

  • Pardeep

    I stopped talking about Kobe hate for a long time but it still exist a lot! I thought he shut you punks up wen he had that historic season in 06? and the one in 07? and the one in 08? I gess well have to wait till June this year. Bring Battier bring Ron Ron bring em all bring every single Rocket try it all bottom line is just like The man said “you cant fu*kin guard me.” Oh yah and last game another reason why LeBron will never be Kobe and still is not near his level because the way Kobe dominates games with his shooting is unbelievable all you know you jump outta your seat more wen Kobe scores 35 than wen LeBron even scores 50. Kobes 30 better then Brons 45 Kobes 50 better than two LeBron 40 point games put together. Dont get me wrong LeBrons amazing easily second best but he can’t do what Kobe can do.

  • Feezy24

    This is why I hate the Lakers

  • KoBynum716

    TeddyBear, are u blind?? artest is not dirty?? lmfaoo watch a game then speak. your probably a celts fan, probably think rondo’s squeaky clean as well.

  • http://yahoo J.C

    kobe is one of the best players in the league and one of the dirtiest!

  • BKS

    Almost everyone in the league throws elbows…we just dont see them :D

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Fred you lose. All he said was “Elbow me again, elbow me again” (and maybe before the Joey C Elmur Fudd bald dome got in there) “and see what happens.” Ron needed to have stayed in the game as the guy carrying his team there with Yao in foul trouble and his set shot all the time in the world 3 was on, 4-7 that game. Elbow him the next play down, DWade style(elbowed Kobe back the same possession after getting one to the chops). And none of this would be any iota of talking points if Deke was still playing. Kobe’s lucky he won’t have to get a face mask Bron/Rip/etc. etc. etc. style. Kobe did take an elbow to the face finally this season(forgot from who), but yukked it up in the locker room with a smirk on his face the whole time to the reporters when asked about it.

  • Lz – Cphfinest 3

    Artest is tough, Kobe is dirty. Check out their careers, Artest has always played tough and physical + been fighting when something or someone has rubbed him the wrong way, although the fighting part sure is stupid it’s not the same as being a dirty player. Whereas Kobe has a whole career full of cheapshots (mostly swinging his elbows at people either to create room or after his shot) see Manu, Brewer, Raja, Korver, Artest, Bowen for prime examples. He always gets away with it, because 1. he’s sneaky about throwing them and 2. he’s soooooooo protected by the Sternpolice. Sure so are Wade and LeBron, and they don’t get called for nearly as many fouls as your average NBA player, but still you don’t see any of those two throwing around elbows like they were confetti. Kobe is dirty as heck, the pathetic thing about his ‘toughness’ is just when tempers actually flares he’s nothing but a scared puppy, hiding behind the refs or being b*tchslapped by Chris Childs. He’s a spoiled brat, Artest is a man not affraid to stand his ground. Go Rockets.
    Lz – Confessedhater

  • https://twitter.com/Neuronautuk mat smith

    the Rockets were not dumb at all, bad headline, Kobe is a dirty player, doesnt mean he isnt good, but he is underhanded. Lovin Ron’s honesty, and where did he grow up? death row?

  • John

    There is very few things in this world more pathetic than Kobe apologists. :)

  • http://slamonline.com Nw09

    Oh so it’s called tough when it’s Ron but it’s called dirty when it’s Kobe? Is it called tough when it’s the rest of the hundreds of NBA players as well? Let me guess the only time it’s dirty is when it’s Kobe.

    The Kobe bias and hate is 13 seasons strong, when this man is buried in his grave people still are going to be running the same sh-t, I bet it.Pathetic.

  • http://slamonline.com Nw09

    Oh so it’s called tough when it’s Ron but it’s called dirty when it’s Kobe? Is it called tough when it’s the rest of the hundreds of NBA players as well? Let me guess the only time it’s dirty is when it’s Kobe.

    The Kobe bias and hate is 13 seasons strong, when this man is buried in his grave people still are going to be running the same sh-t, I bet it.Pathetic.

  • Lei01

    Perks of being in the MVP club you get like diplomatic immunity or something.

  • BigAl

    Jus take another look, its pretty clear that KB24 threw his elbow at Ronron, that’s all.

    Leave Artest alone, just because his done wrong things before doesn’t mean that he is still that way, he has clearly shown maturity in Houston and i respect him for that, i mean just look in this video, where kobe was all pushing n shi*t in Houston, Ron was about to throw a punch, just look at his movements , he stopped him self half way, that’s maturity. Ron’s a good player, forget about what happened in Detroit and give him a fair chance.

  • BigAl

    ‘As soon as ron got dragged away kobes like “hold me back” trying to get at him ‘

    LMAO, my thoughts exactly