Thursday, March 12th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  49 responses

Kobe and Artest’s ‘Conversation’

by Marcel Mutoni

Going into Houston last night, the Lakers were in the midst of a three-game road losing streak, and Kobe Bryant wasn’t exactly feeling chipper. And that was before Ron Artest began jawing at him.

With the Lakers trailing headed into the second half, the two stars started going at it, and that’s when the trouble began for Ron-Ron. Their chat went something like this:

Clearly, they were jawing back and forth. They also were shoving, which earned them matching technical fouls with a little less than 7 minutes left in the game. I wasn’t close enough to hear what was said, but my answer to Ramona was this:

Artest: “Eff you.”
Kobe: “No, eff you.”
Artest: “No, no, eff you.”
Kobe: “No, no, no, eff you.”

Bryant would later say only that their conversation was “edgy.” I ran my guess of their conversation by Derek Fisher and he laughed and said, “Yeah, something like that.”

The agitated Bryant scored 31 of his 37 in the second half, leading the Lakeshow to a much-needed road victory.

The number of F bombs dropped, however, has yet to be tallied.

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

    It was kind of a one-sided contest, no?

  • riggs

    its not like kobe wouldve started anything, given his street cred. /sarcasm

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    Agreed. @ Eboy

  • WhaHuh

    “He WASN’T close enough to hear”! You just reported on a made up conversation. You’re better than that slam

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    I can’t wait for Ron Ron’s Youtube/mixtape response.

  • http://www.lifehoopsthoughts.blogspot.com the baconator

    I’m pretty sure that’s how I argued back in 6th grade. “Eff you!” “Eff your mom!” “Eff your mom’s face!” Just sayin…

  • The Kandi Raver

    Wonder how Rons F battle would go with Bruce Bowen

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    I will say this. Make jokes about his street cred, but let’s not forget he one got in a basketBRAWL with Reggie Miller, the human stringbean of the ghetto (now that’s some sarcasm. your move riggs)

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

    Actually, Ron said “you ain’t ready for me.” KB responded “WHAT? Are you a comdeian now?” Ron-Ron proceeded to shrug his shoulders. The funny thing is, Ron was talking about something totally different than Kobe.

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    Really TADOne? Where did you find this? Good thing thare was no fights yesterday

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    The Kandi Raver- It was on ESPN, You could read his lips at the free throw line quite clearly.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Justin Walsh

    but that’s not to say they didn’t exchange F*** You’s during the game.

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

    And then Kobe was all like, “I’ve got commercials! I’m better than you!”
    And then Ron was all like, “I will literally eat your kids! Seriously, I would.”
    And then Kobe was like, “Dude, that’s not cool.”
    And Ron was like, “But I’m from the hood! And I hate it when dudes wear girl jeans!”
    And Kobe’s like, “That actually bugs me out too. Like, that Wayne guy? What is up with that?”
    And Ron’s all, “I know, homie. It’s messed up. Kids today. You wanna get a beer later?”
    Kobe: “Nah, man, wish I could. Leash is still kinda tight, if you feel me.”
    RA: “Word, word.”
    KB: “Maybe next time you guys are in L.A. we can hit Fatburger or something. I’ll bring the girls.”
    r: “Bet. Bye, Kobe.”
    k: “See ya!”

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

    Actual transcript. Found it on the internet.

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

    I think the Kobe portion of Jone’s transcription is probably accurate.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    Kobe:Your just pissed that we didn’t trade L.O. for you last summer.
    Ron:You’d be pissed if you had to put up with Tracy’s mangina too.

  • http://WWW.Yahoo.Com The Kandi Raver

    Thanks Justin. I did not get to see ESPN…

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Kobe: Do you bite your thumb at me, sir?
    Ron: Although I bite my thumb, I do not bite it at you, sir.

  • Fred34

    Now that’s a transcript! Kinda makes you want to see these two in the Hoops version of the Odd Couple.

  • The Seed

    Don’t piss off Kobe, Ron Ron is mad he is not Kobe’s sidekick. What a great tandum, that would have been. Trade LO now for Artest and give them Powell for Carl Landry.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    espn did a fantastic job of zooming in on the guy’s lips when they jawed at the ft-line. I do not like Kob’s the person, but Kobe’s healthy aggression and the shoving were EXACTLY what a star in this league should have/show. Artest was just pathetic with his “you’re not ready for me”, and Kobe gave him the sh*tface plus the completely appropriate arrogant laugh off and THE response of the season so far, “not ready for you? I’m not ready for you? So you’re a stand up comedian now”. THAT ladies and gents is how you talk the talk after walking the effing walk…. Allover the blabbermouth who goaded you into another incredible 2nd half. Fan-tas-tic!

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Yao is wack. He had Luke Walton in the most on one possession late and got a wack @ss jump hook from like 10 feet! He is supposed to body Luke and dunk on his soft butt.
    But Kobe was clutch at the end of that game. The Rockets miss Rafer’s composure. (I’ll bet nobody has written that yet.)

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    and Kobe started the shoving, after Artest provoked him by nearly kissing him on D. Thats how close he was defending Kob’s. Kinda reminded me of MJ going off on the knock you down knicks during those infamous playoff games. And i am sure Artest hasn’t gotten message yet. Can’t wait for the encore.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Rafer’s composure? Isn’t that the same urban legend as WMD’s?

  • donlaker

    i lost respect for yao and ron artest, they let
    josh powell control the boards last night, artest was so consumed with 24 that he didnt notice, josh got postion evry time he wanted a rebound.
    and shane b ,try helping your teamates push people off the block, instead of your hand in the face defense, it didnt stop kobe , he worked the rockets again. they miss rafer… i co sign allen p

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    Kobe: I do not approve of your game, my friend
    Ron: Your opinion is that of a ninny
    Kobe: Heavens to betsy!

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Kyle Lowry threw a post entry pass to Yao at the high post that actually sailed out of bounds!
    A few plays before that, somebody, I think Artest, tried a post entry pass to yao that was easily stolen because: 1. Yao didn’t adequately seal his man on the bounce pass. 2: YOU DON’T THROW BOUNCE PASSES TO PEOPLE WHO ARE 7’6″!
    That is basic basketball. You always try to throw the ball up high to your big man because it’s easier for them follow the flight of the ball, and it’s easier for them seal their man. You only throw it low when there is extreme defensive pressure on the passer that prevents a lob pass, or if it’s a drop off in the lane. Yao may be soft, but his team throws some of the WORST post entry passes in the damn league.

  • Cizzo

    Artest respect or Kobe or feel it matter of fact he felt it!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Kobe did say after the game “i kicked his ass”…..i’m not sure if y’all are refering to the same thing on ESPN, but initially they said Artest said “you aint ready for me” and Kobe said “not ready for you? I’ve got 31 pts now..”

  • http://hoops4life.com overtime

    Artest: Kob listen, k1x have got some great stuff, we could do great things

    Kobe: Hell no

  • Rome

    Artest: Hey Kobe, how did Shaqs a** taste?”

  • CHE

    Artest: Jeepers Kobe, I don’t think you are mentally or physically apt to allow me to guard you.

    Kobe: Jiminy Criketts Ron, have you been smoking on the marijuana plant also know as cannabis sativa?

    Artest: Well by golly not today. F*ck your mother.

    Kobe: I can’t I’m too busy annihilating your mothers vaginal area. How about a rain check.

    Artest: Did you just score 37 points on me?

    Kobe: Yes and I didn’t use any KY jelly this time.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I’m pretty sure I read Kobe’s lips asking Ron:

    “I’m not…what? I’m not ready for you?!” Then Kobe starts laughing in an exagerrated manner. While Ron kept talking, snarling and nodding his head…

  • http://slamonline.com Nw09

    Bwahahaha!! Yall are asses I was laughing out loud at these comments.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I didn’t read the commments before posting…shoulda known some peeps here would have it straight already.

  • warr

    thats was great basketball last night i miss the jawing from players the superstars in the nba are all friends thats why the league lacks drama we need more of this. thats why i love danny granger he is the only nba all star to jaw at lebron dont get me wrong they play hard the superstars but they do it with know effort someone get a flagrant foul bill laimbeer would be proud

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    I heard Kob said only one line: “Colorado. Don’t make me take you there.”

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Kobe can drop 60 effortlessly. 31 in the second half AT will? Against perhaps the league’s best defender!?
    Ron Artest is one of my favorite players in the league on one of my favorite teams, and I don’t blame him one bit.
    Now D Wade is the man, but the MVP man?! Not until Kobe and LeBron cool down.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    It should also be noted that the two-headed lockdown monster Shane Artest somewhat contained King James before, this season. (I believe it was 21 points, a few rebounds, and a couple of assists? I really can’t remember).
    So…………. Kobe is still the best player.

  • Jerry

    No…Artest held Lebron to NO assists…that was the main story of that game. Artest had a bad game last night, and Kobe went off. The Rockets caught Kobe on a night where the previous game he got blown out. Kobe was pissed about that Blazers game, and Artest’s mouth fueled Kobe in the second half. This would be a ridiculous matchup in the playoffs, and now that Knee-Mac packed it up, the Rockets can actually make it there.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Ohhhh thanks for refreshing my memory, Jerry!
    Also @ Allenp: Yao is NOT soft in the Luke Walton sense. I agree he could have dominated Luke all night long, but they went for a balanced attack this game. This was definitely not Yao’s best game.
    But the strangest thing happens: Whenever Yao matches up against a good center like Dwight, he always plays a million times better.

  • Pistons_Go

    Ron was about to murder Kobe…

  • John D
  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    @ Mo Charlo: if it wasnt for Grade 10 english class, i would not kno what u were talking about but tht was funny

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=627550406 KA

    i like jones’ version.

  • Jackie Moon

    And then Anton said “Colorado” and “white girls”.

  • http://brandonneely.blogspot.com yogi828

    you think artest can even touch kobe, then you need to watch basketball.

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  • turtle801

    artest will knock kobe out! GUARANTEED:) and i cant wait for that day to come. kobe aint NADA.