Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 8:30 am  |  37 responses

Ron Artest Defends Lakers Fans and Their Swag

GQ recently named Laker fans the worst in the Association, something Phil Jackson and Ron Artest do not agree with (shocking, I know.) From ESPN: “I think they’re accustomed to success,’ Jackson said. ‘I think that’s kind of a natural reaction when you have a lot of success, people enjoy the show rather than feel they have to encourage the team with an element of fanaticism.’ The article also focused on how expensive taking in a game at Staples Center can be, citing the $21 nachos on the menu at Hyde Lounge, a nightclub located inside the arena. ‘We have a lot of fans with swag,’ said Lakers forward Ron Artest. ‘But the fans with swag, they’re paying for the seats. The seats are overpriced and they’re paying for them.’ The Lakers have the most expensive ticket in the league for the 2010-11 season with an average price of $99.25, according to Team Marketing Report. ‘We have swag,’ Artest continued. ‘There’s not a lot of fans that have swag. There’s a lot of fans that have a lot of energy, but in L.A., our season-ticket holders, they come to the game with Grey Poupon, a slice of bread and some silverware. It’s good. It’s a different type of thing. They’re eating caviar. They can get manicures, pedicures on the floor. How many arenas can you get a pedicure and watch the game?’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    LOL, artest always keeps me laughing.

  • GBaby


  • Bravo

    lakers haters

  • RobbieJay

    why would you get your toes done at a basketball game…

  • http://www.slamonline.com peter

    “grey poupon, a slice of bread and some silverware” – hilarious

  • Riley

    This guy just keeps me laughing! I love how casual he is about slating other teams supporters!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The most pussified fan base in all of sports?

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    Eboy, knew you’d get in there you punk. Jealous because it takes you a week to afford said nachos?

  • bill breedley

    Laker fans just have more money. Don’t hate them because they make more than you!

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Can’t wait til they lose to the EC Finalists this season (unless it’s the Heat).

  • bill breedley

    Pussified? That would be any douche that roots for the crying crew of queen sidekick and friends. GQ is a gay magazine so what do they know about sports. Only gays buy or read their crap

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Lakers fans @ staples are defenitely more busy texting and trying to look flasy than actually watching the game but what about those ungrateful fans in Miami, C’mon, you got LeBron AND Dwade, most teams would kill to have either one and you either don’t show up or show up halfway through the 3rd quarter. I’ve seen so many Heat games but I’ve seen even more empty seats. Absolutely disgusting. And GTFOH with being fashionably late, it’s a sports game for christ sake, do you wanna watch? Then be there. Or as the Heat would say ‘Fan Up’.

  • tRay

    Swag surfin’

  • GreenBall

    Is that what you call swag Ron Ron?? Some jackass eating caviar in the stands. Check out Russell`s attitude after a dunk – That`s swag!!

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla


  • http://bugmarley.com Leonel

    Is anyone not mad that these people getting their nails done during the game are called “fans”?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    At least we have fans. *cough Miami cough*

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Several pu$sies opened their wounds, I see. LMAO!!!!!!! Pu$sies! Go get your nails done, girls!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    For how many guys say they are basketball fans on this site you would think they’d have a little more respect for… oh i dunno. Actually winning shi*. Ughh this is so dumb i’m just going to go cry in the locker room.

  • http://www.specialolympics.org/ Felix

    From the statements he made the tagline could be, “Ron Artest subtly makes fun of Laker fans”
    How about Boston fans – annoying
    Knick fans – arrogant enough to think every single marquee name is DYING to play for them
    Hawks fans – nah, they’re cool but there’s only five of them
    Utah/Phoenix fans – favorite player (until Nash came back to Phoenix) is usually a “role player”
    Cleveland fans – might just burn you in effigy if you don’t do what they want
    Just Kidding Guys

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Y’all really don’t like girls, do you? Except for that, you know, thing we do, huh? Otherwise, women are sub-people, huh? I know, I know, I’m an interloper in a “man’s” game, but come on, does every negative attribute have to be “feminine-ized”? I used to really like coming here and interacting, but the venom here over the last year or so has become so “boy-ish”.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Anyway, it’s L.A., what do you expect?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Only the first comment was from me….the second one was someone else….as usual. Such dumb sh*t STILL going on here.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    GQ is for gays? And the most ignorant comment of the year goes to bill. Don’t be mad because you don’t know how to dress yourself.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    I know, E. I can ususally tell when it’s authentic you and when it’s some kid that is home for spring break or skipping. :)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    To refer back to someone else’s comment….I’m not sure if being able to afford $21 nachos constitutes “swag” (who the hell still says that dumb sh*t?)or tremendous stupidity. I’ll go with the latter.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    I just want to know what a $21 plate of nachos would look like…

  • fruizm

    GQ is gay??? did he really say that?!

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Gay should not be used as a condescending adjective. That is all.

  • Heals

    As a C’s fan I’ll be the first to admit they are far from the worst fans in The L, but any fan base would kill for what they have done the past 3 years. They have been blaming Ron Ron all year, many wanted to ditch Bynum for Melo and all get furious about small losing streaks, yet Ron and Bynum are huge reasons why they won last year and have been cruising since the All-star break…

  • Heals

    Can’t speak for the older heads but the Shaq-Kobe era onward fans really lack appreciation for what their team has accomplished…

  • Heals

    I guess I’m trying to say that most of the fans from the Kobe/Shaq era on lack a real appreciation for the game as whole and what their team has accomplished…

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Tina Turner

    When you’re privalaged… everyone hates. And I’m talking about our championship tradition. Not even getting in to how much richer I am than you gay-boy.

  • Heals

    Gotta love when a comment doesn’t post until re-type it then submit!?!?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    When you’re supposedly “privileged”, you should be able to SPELL privileged. Kill yourself today. Thanks…from everyone else reading.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com Tina Turner

    Did that on purpose. Knew a hoe moe would nit pick. hahaha

    “The fans outside are hardcore,” Artest said. “I’ll tell you how they’re different. You go into any neighborhood outside of Staples Center and talk about the Lakers. If you’re not good, they’ll show you how passionate they are.” Los Angeles Times

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Ike should have choked your ass to death. That’s how passionate he should have been.