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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  22 responses

Ron Artest Says Trevor Ariza’s a Better Player

Here’s Ron-Ron telling the LA Times what no Laker fan wants to hear with the Playoffs looming: “The long list of those who think the Lakers miss Trevor Ariza just increased by one. Even Ron Artest agrees? ‘He’s a better player than me,’ Artest said Tuesday. But Ron-Ron, nobody ever said he was better, we just said he was a better fit. ‘He’s a better player,’ Artest repeated emphatically. ‘He’s won a ring, I haven’t. I can’t even compare to him. He’s a better player.’ Artest also agrees, incidentally, with the part about Ariza being a better fit. ‘He probably is,’ Artest said. ‘He’s a role player, a great role player. I haven’t been a role player. Many times I’ve had to carry the load, this is a different look for me.’ It is this different look that has some of the Lakers covering their eyes. Entering the season’s final stretch, basketball’s wackiest star is performing his nuttiest act yet.”

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  • JoeMaMa

    He needs to fire Dennis Rodman as his mentor/dealer.

  • OneStep

    He’s just yankin’ chains like he does. I imagine he’s hugely entertained whenever the media grabs a hold of some comment of his and runs amok with it for a couple of days at a time. He’s the kind of person that likes to walk into a crowded room, pull the pin on a verbal grenade, toss it into the middle of the room and walk out. Laugh with him by all means but don’t take him seriously. Ever.

  • vtrobot

    i wholeheartedly agree with you, ron. and he’s definitely much less crazy. i was very happy when trevor was basically out of the 2008 finals. ron is mentally ill. that could be good or bad for the lakeshow. we’ll soon see. it’s seemed pretty good overall, but the 2nd season is so different.

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

    Things Ariza and Artest have in common:
    *A and r in their names.
    *Much better spot-up 3pt shooters than off the dribble
    *Better individual D than help D.
    *Average/below average shot selection.
    *Being forced to carry more of the offensive burden than they are capable of for 82 games.
    *Playing for sh*t teams – Ariza & the Knicks, Artest & the Bulls.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    After following Ron for his entire career and seeing all his strange behaviors, this is the most accurate thing he’s ever said.

  • ClydeSays

    Seems like he’s just trying to get a rise out of the media & fans. He’s probably read/heard some of the stuff said about him & Ariza and is trying to have some fun with it.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Now if only Ariza could improve his shooting percentage..

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    (yawns)

  • http://www.euroleagueadventures.com Nick Gibson

    @niQ: Kevin Martin might help out with that. And I’ll never be annoyed by an athlete’s modesty. Ever.

  • Yesse

    Well so do i. Atleast on the fact, that he fit the Lakers better and Lakers would have a better record with him. I would have rather got rid off somebody like Sasha or Farmar and keep Ariza and get Artest.

  • Kadavour

    Artest has been beasting on defense since he dropped some weight about 2-3 weeks ago. He’s in playoff form. All this chatter is fodder for the media. Artest = Genius.

  • http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3445/3357407353_c868c2d95c.jpg larrylegend

    get ur head outta ur a$$ and play that lock down D u get paid for! taking jumpers if u open won’t hurt….man…
    and co-sign eboy btw

  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    This changes EVERYTHING.

  • LA Huey

    It could be a crazy talking or it could be a calculated move to deflect media criticism away from the rest of the team. Or it could be both.

  • http://Egotastic.com Michael

    The same Ariza whos been flat out awful for the Rockets?

  • Rob

    people just don’t get sarcasm.

  • Taylor Darnall

    Arty is just playin’. Some old.

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Co-sign @Ron Artest

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Man this comments section needs more James the Balla

  • al

    dennis rodman wants his basketballz back..

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com Hoopistani

    Ron Ron talks shit, even when he’s talking about himself.

    Artest>>Ariza

  • ujangapri

    Somehow i see some sarcasm in his words. LOL Artest.

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