May 07 2009
“I told Kobe you’ve got to relax, ‘You’re hitting the wrong person,’” Artest said. “‘Don’t you know you’re hitting Ron Artest?’”
For Artest, the final straw on the court was taking an elbow to the throat from Bryant, saying later: “What am I going to do out there? I’m going to continue to get hit?’”
Look man, we all know Ron Artest is crazy. We all know how much of a Tru Warrior he is. But can you blame the guy for getting emotional? Can you blame him for being competitive?
No, nothing excuses him from going into the stands at the Palace. But let’s face it. The guy has done nothing even remotely wrong as far as poor behavior on the court since then.
In fact I’d argue there are at least 20 players in the league that are far worse than him. Also, you know Kobe Bryant throws elbows. The best players in history are dirty players. Look at Bird, Stockton, Michael Jordan. All of these guys had an “edge.” And sometimes that edge was pissing off other players and taking advantage of their reputation with referees.
Still though, it’s awesome to see Artest overreact. I love this guy.
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