The Houston Rockets must be sooooooo thrilled they traded for Ron Artest.
Today's episode starts with Yao Ming reacting to the trade thusly:
"Hopefully, he's not fighting anymore and going after a guy in the stands"
Ok. Not exactly the best opening line. Luckily… Ron took it all in stride. Oh wait:
"I understand what Yao said, but I'm still ghetto," Artest said, according to the report. "That's not going to change. I'm never going to change my culture. Yao has played with a lot of black players, but I don't think he's ever played with a black player that really represents his culture as much as I represent my culture. Once Yao Ming gets to know me, he'll understand what I'm about.
Ok… well… not so bad.
What? There's more?
"If you go back to the brawl, that's a culture issue right there," Artest added, according to the report. "Somebody was disrespecting me, so he's got to understand where I'm coming from. People that know me know that Ron Artest never changed."
Hmmm. That's not so good. At least there was no comment that drips of the type of sarcasm that makes Rockets higher-ups rush to update their resume's.
Huh? Keep reading? Oh…
"I guess once Yao Ming approves [the deal], I'll be a Houston Rocket," Artest said, according to the report. "[Yao] probably should've called me first. But at the same time, it's Yao Ming's team."
"Whatever Yao Ming wants me to do, I'll be there. Whatever Tracy McGradytells me to do, that's how it's going to go down. Ultimately, whatever [Rockets] coach Rick Adelman tells me to do is exactly what I'm going to do."
I'm so pissed Ron didn't go to the Lakers. Then all drama would be so much more delicious. Now it's just another good team blinded by Ron's talent that is quickly finding out that he's nowhere near worth the headaches.
(Thanks to Dre for the tip)