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Tuesday, July 17th, 2007 at 3:00 pm  |  44 responses

Ron Artest: Unplugged

Let’s give Ron the floor.

by Marcel Mutoni

As you may have heard, Ron Ron is in Africa on a goodwill tour. In an attempt to do some much-needed image rehab, he’s letting the media in on what he’s doing over there.

He got on his iPhone and spoke to Newsday’s Ken Berger yesterday, and they talked about, well, everything: The situation in Kenya, life at home, and oh yeah, basketball.

On Kenya:

“These people are not eating,” Artest said on his cell phone from a tent on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, where he joined several other NBA players to bring food and necessities to the hungry and impoverished. “They haven’t taken showers, and the sewers are right outside their house. And it’s not even sewers with running water. It’s like a little ditch so they can throw their feces in.”

On his home life:

Artest’s wife, Kimsha, who accused him of grabbing, pushing and slapping her, is taking nursing classes in Indiana, where Artest has several homes.

“We’re still together,” Artest said. “We’ve got problems, but we’re still married.”

The Knicks:

“If some crazy scenario happened where I was with the Knicks, I would want David Lee there,” Artest said. “I love David Lee. I played with him in the ‘hood last summer, and he showed so much heart. They were trying to rough up David Lee, but David Lee got rough right back. And this was the projects, you know? And I respected that.”

“That’s definitely like a championship roster,” Artest said. “Zach Randolph is so good. When the Knicks got him, I was like, ‘Man, major problems in the East.’ Zach Randolph is a monster. He’s a straight beast.”

(The whole thing is immensely readable, and you should definitely check it out. I love Ron Artest interviews.)

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    It’s like a war going on outside, no man is safe.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    That’s an Andrew Bogut quote, if anyone’s curious.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    That’s almost the same stuff Marcus Camby said about Africa when he went. It’s crazy, like everyone’s surprised that the conditions are so bad. How do they not know before they go? It’s like they’re walking with their heads down, scared to look.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Max Airington

    I wish there was a way for every NBA player to play for their hometown team.

  • http://slamonline.com Jon Wiener

    Ron-Ron on the streets of New York with Z? With anybody?
    Now that’s a ‘problem’ in the East.

  • Mr. Bob Dobolina

    I’d just be happy with an NBA team in Baltimore…

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Collins

    “Let’s give Ron the floor.”
    Naah, let’s not.

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com/ white hot eboy

    According to Ron-Ron, Zach Randolph is the Cloverfield monster. When he says the new Knicks are a “major problems in the East” does he mean the Easteren Conference or the East Coast in genral.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Collins

    But I’m glad to see that he judges basketball ability not by how well someone makes a jumpshot but how hard someone pushes back. Our little boy is learning!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Collins

    Oh, and post-flooding here, but who cares. Anyone get the feeling that yesterday was a slow news day so Ken Berger said, “hey, let me pick up the phone and call Ron Artest! I’m sure he’ll say something retarded!” And sure as day, bam, something retarded. I’m not knocking the guy, I’m just curious and probably a little jealous that he has Ron Artest’s phone number.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Collins

    “I wish there was a way for every NBA player to play for their hometown team.”

    Max, then the Knicks would have like… oh wait, they’d have 43 less players. Sorry.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Max Airington

    Ben, but youd get Smush Parker! I know some teams would be flooded, perhaps it would work better by state lines. But the idea of cities cultivating their own rosters and playing for pride is kinda interesting. Besides Im sure Ryan & Russ would be all for it since it would mean Kobe would completely outta the league….

  • mr. 1738

    ok haters ron and zach in the east means at least eastern conference finals true story

  • http://whitehoteboysworld.blogspot.com/ white hot eboy

    mr. 1738, false propehcy. 2nd round.

  • Young Chris #3

    When I first read this, I thought it said his wife was taking nursing classes in India, and I thought “Damn, she’s just as crazy as he is!”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    I wish Ben Collins would weigh in on this topic…

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Why would I want Kobe out of the League?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Also, Max: Whence my inspiration? That’d like Stephen Colbert being “all for” Bill O’Reilly going off the air. Never that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Or, “what Russ said.”

  • http://www.raptors.com Mr. 416

    Isn’t that a mobb deep “hip hop quotable…..”

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Max Airington

    Are you two sitting at the same CPU? As usual, I was just kidding anyway. And a solid point Ryan, whats a hater with nothing to hate on?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    416: Sometimes I’m sarcastic.
    Max: That’s one of them rhetorical questions, no?

  • bobby stew

    David Lee is now my favorite power forward in the league. I saw him balling at Hoop-it-up in STL and I think he won the dunk contest with a J.R. Rider (not Kobe) between the leg dunk

  • RV

    the fact that Ron is still with the wife has to count for something in his appeal..what i find interesting is that both got 7 games for completely different things even if both were negative..

  • Ill Will

    Can we get video of Ron and David Lee playing ball in the “hood”?

  • http://yahoo.com DP

    Wow. I wonder what Ron Artest’s wife looks like. because if he roughed her up like he did ole boy from the palace…………….DAMN!!!!!! I know she wouldn’t be a looker. I believe in my heart that the Charlotte Bobcats are going to win the East and not the Knicks. It would be the Heat if they picked up Mo williams(MISSISSIPPI STAND UP!)but they are stuck with the white eboy and that is not good at all. Not saying J-Will isn’t good, but this is not Sac-town days anymore. play wit it.

  • bails1

    you tube artest david lee ill will mr lee throws a couple down

  • bails1

    if j will could just run the floor with wade it seems like no one runs with that guy probably cause the whole teams a bunch of dinosaurs

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I gua-RON-tee the Bobcats won’t come close to winning the East. Slow down, cowboy.

  • bails1

    they could just not next year or the year after that

  • bails1

    i hope morrison has a good soph season he can only play a couple more years with his condition and he was straight ballin for zaga ive always rooted for that guy

  • http://yahoo.com DP

    Listen Russ, I know what I am talking about, maybe I don’t but I sure damn believe in myself therefore the bocats will win the east next year. Or maybe when I graduate in 2010. I don’t like being called a cowboy, I prefer a confused freeloader. play wit it.

  • BallingNZ

    Nice Mobb Deep allusion Russ….

  • Adrian

    Dp….no offence man, but yeah…Bobcats…sh*te…

  • Adrian

    Meh, the negative (though well intentioned) media coverage of Africa sh*ts me…it’s not all poverty and famine…

  • http://yahoo.com DP

    Maybe you are right Adrian. just maybe. play wit it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/whyberickjames Greased Up Deaf Guy aka Clay Davis

    Before the competition began (SHEED!)Wallace and Fat Joe held a little informal practice, in which Joe, playing as the Mavericks, pretty much took the host—Wallace—to school. ‘Sheed had the play of the game, though, when his got his Atlanta team to play some mean defense, resulting in a wicked Shareef Abdur-Rahim block of what looked like it was going be an incredible driving dunk by Michael Finley. Wallace was playing at a disadvantage—he was multitasking the whole time. Not only was his mom whispering in his ear for part of it, but he also took about a dozen phone calls, even as he manipulated the controls well enough to execute a remarkable Dion Glover breakaway dunk. He was losing badly at halftime, though, and decided he had seen enough. Instead of staying to lead his cyber-Hawks to a comeback, he conceded the game to Joe and got up to do some schmoozing.

  • Chukaz

    Ron is the greatest sh*t that has happened to the NBA since Dennis Rodman. Hey, I just remembered something funny. Remember Tim Hardaway’s comment during all-star weekend, you know, the whole thing about gay people.

  • Chukaz

    Breaking News: Tim Hardaway has just married Elton John. When Tim was asked about when did he realized he was gay he answered “I ain’t to homo, man. They all should die.” Hours later the police found both dead at the home they had just bought together. It is believed that Tim killed Elton when he found out Elton was gay. Investigator believe is insident was caused by ‘roid rage. Mr. McMahon said he doesn’t believe speroids had anything to do with the situation.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Um, BallingNZ: Do you not know how that song starts? I demand credit!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Haha. Especially since Ryan’s line was the only reason I quoted the M-O-B-B in the first place.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    You could almost call me a halfway crook, but ain’t no such thing.

  • Jeff

    Man Russ and Ryan, I had that tune playing as I read this, too weird…but hilariously funny

  • irvbx

    andrew bogut? i guess he listens to cam’ron…

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