Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 9:10 am  |  36 responses

Artest Wouldn’t Consider Playing in Greece, right?

Knowing Ron Artest, he’d play in India if there was competitive basketball to be played: “Ron Artest as a willing and interested free agent target for both Greek powerhouses this summer, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos, granted he does not find a superior NBA offer on the free agent market.”

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  • james

    lol ron

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  • Teddy-the-Bear

    No way. This isn’t happening.

  • http://sdklf.com Jukai

    Actually, Ron Artest would probably be perfect for Europe. I mean dominantly perfect. Amazing help defender, he’d be great in the zone, strong enough to muscle through the middle but he’s also got that jump shot that Europe loves to use to spread out the defense. I mean, he’s Josh Childress with the TWO THINGS Josh Childress was missing to succeed in Europe (Help defensive mentality, outside shooting).
    Haven’t seen much European midrange from Ron, but I think that’s more lack of willingness to take it rather than inability to hit it.
    Maybe he’ll pull a McAdoo and just absolutely DOMINATE Europe. I’d love that.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Ron needs to stay home. We’ll miss him too much.

  • http://www.wow.com nate the great

    rockets need him.. first time they got outa the first round, and now he’s going to leave?
    we’ll i guess thats just as good as a championship for the rockets.

  • niQ

    if houston wants to domincate, they should trade t-mac for any other scorer.

  • Jacob

    the killer baguette

  • Jacob

    my bad I thought this was the tony parker nickname thing forget about that last comment

  • http:///www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Childress is coming back, btw.

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

    Jukai- Ron had the second lowest mid-range shot % across the entire league last year. He… can’t hit that shot, but loves taking the fade-away leaner whenever he can.
    But he’ll get the money to stay in the NBA, so I don’t really think this is a serious issue.
    Although, crazy fans are pretty regular in Greece, so maybe staying at home IS the best option regardless of $$.

  • the rod

    fadeaway leaner?isn’t it like a normal jumpshot so?

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

    take some revenge for the Greeks while you are over their, conquer those punks in Macedonia and Rome

  • Exist4eva

    Trade T-Mac keep Ron-Ron

  • Teddy-the-Bear


  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ hursty: Actually, Ron has a very good jumpshot now. When he’s on, he’s pretty much automatic with his shot.

  • breont williams

    can he get a visa?

  • mwmw

    this would be heart breaking.
    the league would get more boring if this occurs

  • http://slamonline.com NBAguru

    I dont get why players who reach the NBA would want to take a step backward and play in a lesser league. Its kinda like a college player wanting to play against a middle school team, sure you can be “the man” but the compitation is weaker.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Young Chris MP3

    Cosign Exist4eva

  • Caleb

    When he’s on he’s automatic? Uh, okay, you can pretty much say that for any player. The fact is… Ron shot an absolutely horrific 34.3 % from midrange this past season. Which means he was almost never on, atleast not when it comes to the midrange game.

  • http://www.myspace.com/weezyleezy337 Weezy F. Leezy

    does ron’s “mid range game” even register on a scouting report? he’s dennis rodman with a way above average offense… artest is my dude!

  • Enigmatic

    I heard Ben Gordon might be Greece-bound too. Crazy.

  • http://fjdkslf.com Jukai

    There’s a big difference between fadeaway leaners and Euro-jumpshots, guys. Ron Artest’s midrange is so atrociously low because, like Lebron, he’s either ‘throwing it’ (not taking a jumpshot) after getting passed a man or fading away. He’s not Jerry West-ing it here.

  • Arwin

    Hi guys, I’m from Greece and I am an Olympiakos fan…
    The newspapers here in Greece talk about Olympiakos being intrested in Parker (Toronto Raptors) and Gordon, although some get carried away and talk about Ron Artest and Allen Iverson…
    It’s true that Olympiakos is one of the wealthiest teams in Europe, if not the wealthiest and could easily stand against many NBA teams…
    Except from the fact that if a good nba player comes to Greece he will be “the man”, the key to success for Olympiakos is “LOWER TAXES”…

  • chintao

    Co-sign Tzvi. It wouldn’t be the same around here without Ron-Ron.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    Marvin Willians (proposed by Josh…),Peja, Gordon,Iverson (….)and now Artest….although Ron has previously been in Greece (when he was a rookis he came and made a video clip for a rap song with a greek band i will give you the link) i don’t think he will make a difference for Olympiakos….the only players we really need are J.R.Holden and Antony Parker..

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES


    a friend of mine met him in a hip-hop bar in Athens back then and told me he was a really cool guy (i regret for not going that night there and sit down a talk with Ron a little bit….)

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    don’t know why i cannot send you the link…just type at youtube: “Ron Artest guardian angel” and you get it…

  • vanya

    Greek sports media is full of sh.it
    They might me getting Ben Gordon, Anthony Parker or Peja Stojakovic (who already played in Greece with Paok in the 90s, and could take the path of euro NBA players to take the easier route, take the money and play pro in Europe for 3-4 final years of the career).
    Panathinaikos wouldn’t get him because of their legendary coach’s preference for mentally sane players :) , I don’t think at this point Artest would go to Europe, maybe in 2-3 years, but must admit as being european, I’d love to see Artest playing here!

  • Jeter

    As volatile as he is, Ron Artest can be a dominant force in Greece. just imagine when some Greek fan throws something at him.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ NICK KALATHES

    @all….:Artest CANNOT make the difference in Greece. (difference means for Olympiakos to overtake Panathinaikos, for Panathinaikos there is no need to get such a player,their team is loaded at all positions…)

  • Blue

    Can you imagine the arena fight that would go down there if the fans get pissed and threw batteries and bottles at Ron?! EPIC!!!

  • http://nationofmillions.ca ciolkstar

    I’m pretty sure this is a ploy to drive up Ron’s market value. I want him to stay in Houston. I’m moving there in a couple months and I NEED more RonRon interviews/soundbites in my life.

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

    can’t see it happening.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Never, no way no how