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Ron Artest gives us his two best players

Posted on: October 15, 2010 12:44 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2010 12:53 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Don't ask Ron Artest to count to five. Or even three. Because he can't. Well, at least he can't when he's naming the best players in the NBA and he may or may not be trying to slight LeBron James on purpose.

Since Artest is known as one of the league's most talented bulldog defenders, he's a good source to go to in terms of finding out who the best players in the game are. Whoever he has the most trouble defending, that means they're probably pretty good.

So Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles
asked Artest what he thought the biggest offseason signing was and Artest didn't go where you thought he would. He picked Kevin Durant signing an extension with Oklahoma City, as opposed to the taker of talents to South Beach. As to why? "He's the second best player in the NBA," Artest said.

Well do elaborate, Ron.

"Kobe's got five rings, six game winners [last season], 23-straight points in [Game 5 of the Finals] off mostly jump shots," Artest said. "[He's] the biggest shot maker, big shot maker. So, that said, Durant's the second best player in the NBA."

What you did there, I see it. Durant's two, because Kobe's one. Of course that begged the question: Where's LeBron?

"I only count to two," Artest said. "I've been out of school 15 years, so I only count to two."

Only Artest. Somehow, despite some pretty horrible moments for him over the years, his transformation from bad guy into an endearing player is almost complete. But the story here is the subtle smack talk Artest just gave LeBron and the Heat. The two teams will meet Christmas Day and Artest will be guarding LeBron. I'm sure LeBron took mental notes on Artest's statement so you can be sure James will play like he has something to prove.

And that might be Artest's point. He's trying to get into LeBron's head early and talk him into playing one-on-one instead of playing his game. It's a very Phil Jackson-ish move. I guess Artest has been reading Jackson's books after all. He can't count, but I guess he can still read.
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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 17, 2010 1:04 pm
 

Ron Artest gives us his two best players

First, I was being rushed.  The other game he shot .400.  Not terrible, but not great.  Second, good for Prince James.  He put up a triple double.  He was also 1 turnover short of putting up a quadruple double.  Yeah, 9 turnovers is commonplace for guys with ice in their veins when it comes down to clutch time.  Third, how about those stellar stat lines from games 4-6 where Prince James completely disappeared.  After that Game 3, where he felt like the world was against him, he shot .389, .214, and .381.  Yeah, that's sick.  Fourth, great, Kobe put up 5 air balls against Utah and STILL didn't shoot below .455 in any of those 4 games.  Fifth, since when did Perkins match up against Prince James or Kobe?  Never?  Cool, thought so.  Throw that out.  Sixth, Jason Kidd put up triple doubles in the playoffs too.  How many rings does he have to show for it?  Yep, the same number as Prince James.  Seventh, Kobe overcame double teams throughout the Phoenix series, what happened?  Aside from a .421 percentage in Game 2, he never shot below .444 in the rest of the games with 3 games at .542 or better.  So, in summation, Kobe choking in the Finals is WAY better than choking in round 2 of the playoffs.

As far as Durant goes, are you talking game winning shots?  Because, from what I can tell, you don't go the whole season putting up those kinds of points while playing against the team's worst defender.  He put up games of 37 and 36 against Boston; 32, 30, and 33 against Denver; 45, 35, 31, and 28 against Utah; 32 and 36 against Miami; need I continue?  Oh, and for his career, Kidd shot below .400.  He must be terrible.  You can always tell the guys who think that they have some kind of greater knowledge about something because they act like arrogant douches and turn out to be wrong regularly.



Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: October 16, 2010 2:57 pm
 

Ron Artest gives us his two best players

Notorious 98, that must have been the year you were born because they played seven games you only listed six!

I see why your an Artest fan, neither one of you can count!

At least you admit he shot 43% even though you tried to justify Kobe, who by the way is still the same guy that shot the 5 air balls against Utah. A career playoff choker, he's just lucky enough (or on the Lakers) to be with a great organization that puts players and coaches around him to hid the fact that he's the same guy that shot 5 air balls in Utah!

By the way hitting 4 out of 10 shots is horrible, this isn't baseball!! Asked the next great coach or player you run into if a player hits 4 out of 10 shots is that good?

Thanks for solidifying my comment on Durant, Bums beating Bums makes you the second best player in the NBA? The only legitimate starter Durant beat was Scola (he's not even an All-star!). The rest were a bunch of never will be or NBA benchwarmers.

Since when has an NBA all-star not been able to outplay non-nba players?

Yeah you’re right; Lebron didn't have a Robert Horry to hit a 3 after he blew a lay-up or a Ron Artest to follow up after he shot a brick or a Steve Kerr to hit an open jumper in the clutch, that's why he's in South Beach!!!

In the game they are saying Lebron Choked; he had 27pts, 19rb and 10 dimes, a triple double, something Kobe has never done in the playoff.

Picture that, Lebrons so-called choke game is a better game than Kobe has ever played in the playoffs, that was against the same team wasn't it (no it wasn't Perkins was healthy against Lebron)

So if Lebron who regularly put up triple doubles in the playoffs is a choker, what does that make Kobe? 6 for 24 in a game 7!!!!

You can always tell why somebody that doen't know anything about basketball writes or responds to a blog! But I guess the NBA would just be basketball without diehard fans!!!




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2010 9:40 am
 

Ron Artest gives us his two best players

Kobe shot a terrible 43% for the series
First of all, that's not terrible.  Second, Kobe shot .455 twice, .474 one, and .481 once.  The other two games, where he was really off, skewed his overall numbers.

So now Kevin Durant, who shot a miserable 35% and got bounced in the first round, is the second best player in the NBA because he beat a bunch of international B teams?

You mean he carried a bunch of bums, aside from Westbrook, to the playoffs and shot poorly while being guarded by one of the game's best?  In Kobe's first playoffs, he shot 38%.  In Jordan's first playoffs, he got bounced in the first round.  So what's your point?

Kobe the non-closer is the best player in the NBA? He didn't get one first place vote for mvp, why because his team beat everybody without him!

And Prince James the Choker is any better?



Since: Feb 3, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 7:54 pm
 

Ron Artest gives us his two best players

So Ron says he's going to stop smokin dope and drinking and so he is now the voice of reason and knowledge for all things NBA! We really do live in the Best country in the world!! LA even gave this guy the keys to the CITY! I've always liked Ron too but, I wouldn't give him keys to my 02 explorer which I'm sure he can afford with his pocket change... because he's an IDIOT ! But ' he given credibility and keys to the city because he's with the Championship Lakers? That's some Bull Stuff Mister Hand Man! Look Ron is the same guy who started a brawl with a fan in the stands after being punked by Ben Wallace right before he went Predator on the guy who threw the drink on him! Save the Artest quotes for the LA locals Artest can't tell me squat about  anything outside of "The Mind of a future Mental patient"!! What was this article about anyway?






Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 5:57 pm
 

Ron Artest gives us his two best players

It's funny how the media spins a story from one of the biggest clowns in pro sports.

Ron Artest is doing the same thing he did before he was a Laker, but now because it’s the NBA’s best product his every word is important.

However I will give him credit for being the newest Laker to close games when Kobe choke's, (D fish, Robert Horry)

Just 2 seasons ago Artest (when he wasn't a Laker) said that Brandon Roy was better than Kobe and that he would be willing to come off the bench to play with Lebron, the best player in the NBA.

So now Kevin Durant, who shot a miserable 35% and got bounced in the first round, is the second best player in the NBA because he beat a bunch of international B teams? That's right nobodies best players played so he won the medal while all the elite players said no thanks!!

Kobe the non-closer is the best player in the NBA? He didn't get one first place vote for mvp, why because his team beat everybody without him!

Kobe was horrible in the finals, as usual (except the finals against a smaller rookie Courtney Lee, who is now a career benchwarmer)

Kobe shot a terrible 43% for the series and cost the Lakers the finals, however because this is the nba's best product, we saw a team win the finals by only scoring 4pt in the fourth qtr (that's if you don't count the blatant travel by Gasol) and march to the line 20 times in the fourth art. Even the Laker fateful don't want to talk about the finals!! (I live in LA, and play ball so I'm not one of those fat clowns on the couch, a friend that I play ball with played for the Defenders and has played Kobe one on one)

Kobe shot 6 for 24 in game 7 of the finals, that is an all time new definition for choking, but because he's Kobe, THE MAN THE LAKERS MADE!!!! he got the help from the refs and Stern to keep the product from completely derailing!

But hey, we're in the virtual world so smoking mirrors and Ron Artest quotes stand strong and actual truths get buried and spent into lies!!!

Go Ron keep f ing up, your in LA now were they consider Megan Fox and Kim Kardashian talented, so it would make sense that you would consider Kobe the best player in the nba and Durant second!



When in Rome!!!!



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 2:04 pm
 

Kobe... and then the rest

Kobe is 1. Those championship rings talk. After that put Durant, LeBron, Carmelo, and whoever else in the remaining spots on any given night because several guys in this league are extremely talented.



Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: October 15, 2010 1:25 pm
 

Ron Artest gives us his two best players

I agree with his assesment aside from Lebron and Durant.

The value that I see with Lebron is explosiveness and the fact that he is more of a team player than he was allowed to play in Cleveland, I'm sure he is gonna get the opportunity to be more of a facilitator with Miami nevertheless he is still a high volume player.

The kind of player I see Durant being is more of a scoring not so much of a game changer like Lebron, his despite his explosive game play he is clearly third on the list next to Kobe and Lebron.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2010 1:02 pm
 

Ron Artest gives us his two best players

If nothing else, Artest is at least entertaining.

"I only count to two," Artest said. "I've been out of school 15 years, so I only count to two."

That statement is very funny.  Although I wouldn't call it a slight to Prince James, I hope LeBron took some mental notes.  Can't wait to watch Artest guard him.



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