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Bball
10-11-2005, 11:48 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2187938

Lesson learned? Artest vows to play 'out of control'

“ I'm going to continue playing hard and out of control, like a wild animal that needs to be caged in. I'll let the referees handle it. ”
— Ron Artest

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Anyone expecting a kinder, gentler Ron Artest on the court this season is likely to come away disappointed.

"I'm going to continue playing hard and out of control, like a wild animal that needs to be caged in," Artest said Tuesday night before the Indiana Pacers faced the New Jersey Nets in the preseason opener for both teams. "I'll let the referees handle it."

Artest had eight points, three rebounds and three fouls in 12 minutes in the Nets' 105-103 victory.

Artest was greeted by a smattering of boos from the small crowd at Continental Airlines Arena, and his first points, on an 18-foot jumper a few minutes into the game brought the same response.

The game was Artest's first NBA action since a melee near the end of a game against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace at Auburn Hills last Nov. 19 led to one of the worst brawls in American sports history.

For his part in the altercation, Artest was given a 73-game suspension by the NBA and teammates Jermaine O'Neal, Stephen Jackson and Anthony Johnson were given shorter suspensions. Those four and Indiana's David Harrison were sentenced this fall in Michigan to a year's probation plus community service.

Television replays again and again showed Artest running into the stands and attacking a Pistons fan after he was hit with a cup of beer. When asked Tuesday if he could envision a similar incident occurring again, Artest was guardedly contrite.

"I don't think anybody's going to throw anything at me, and I don't see me reacting how I reacted," he said.

A tough defender who was the NBA's defensive player of the year in 2004 but also developed a reputation as a loose cannon, Artest played in the NBA's summer league and said he gained about 10 pounds and is up to 260.

"I wish I was 280," he said Tuesday.

Faced with a phalanx of reporters in the Pacers' locker room before the game, Artest answered questions patiently and seemed resigned to facing similar treatment as he goes around the league.

"It's cool," he said. "Things happen in life and you move on. That's the way you have to go about it. It'll be fun playing. Playing with your teammates, playing against the other All-Stars, that's going to be fun. I'm ready to go."

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Why do I feel someone will have a new sig soon?

-Bball

Pacers#1Fan
10-11-2005, 11:53 PM
I wasn't wanting Ron to be timid.

Los Angeles
10-11-2005, 11:54 PM
I can't wait for this thread to unfold.

:lurk:

SoupIsGood
10-11-2005, 11:54 PM
I have no problem with him playing wild, he'd be no good if he didn't

Bball
10-11-2005, 11:56 PM
Without hearing him say it I have to wonder if he was pulling the media's chain (much like saying he's 270lbs) to see them run with it?

-Bball

Pacers#1Fan
10-11-2005, 11:57 PM
Without hearing him say it I have to wonder if he was pulling the media's chain (much like saying he's 270lbs) to see them run with it?

-BballCould be, you know Ron.

Jermaniac
10-11-2005, 11:59 PM
Ron said He would love to be 280 lol,could be what Bball just said.

sweabs
10-12-2005, 12:02 AM
It's easy to see what Ron is doing.

He is just trying to keep those fans of his who think of him as the "bad boy". He knows just as well as everyone else does that he needs to cool things down, but he's putting on a performance for everyone in the media so it doesn't look like he's "succombing to the pressure" - whether that be from the media, from Stern, etc.

It's all about image. Ron is just trying to keep that "ghetto" or "street" representation. It wouldn't be "cool" if he openly said "I'm going to calm things down this year, and just go back to the fundamentals". Plus, I think he likes getting the media all riled up.

Mac_Daddy
10-12-2005, 12:07 AM
I can't wait to see how he moves with the extra weight he put on. Anyone seen him yet? If he could bring his weight up to 270 or 28 and move like he did before, then I say go for it.:-p

Suaveness
10-12-2005, 12:31 AM
Ron has to play like that, or he loses his edge.

If he tried to play as a kinder, nice Artest, he wouldn't be good at all.

317Kim
10-12-2005, 06:38 AM
a kinder , nicer, Artest? I've never heard of such thing! lol

Kegboy
10-12-2005, 10:02 AM
I can't wait to see how he moves with the extra weight he put on. Anyone seen him yet? If he could bring his weight up to 270 or 28 and move like he did before, then I say go for it.:-p

I thought the weight slowed him down, but then after reading Rick say he was being lazy, :whoknows:.

DisplacedKnick
10-12-2005, 11:06 AM
Can you sneak Ron into surgery and remove his vocal chords?

PacerMan
10-12-2005, 02:02 PM
I can't wait to see how he moves with the extra weight he put on. Anyone seen him yet? If he could bring his weight up to 270 or 28 and move like he did before, then I say go for it.:-p

Nobody puts on 20-30lbs and does't have it affect their quickness. Even if it's all muscle. He wasn't small at 250!

grace
10-12-2005, 02:17 PM
Can you sneak Ron into surgery and remove his vocal chords?

He'd be the first rap artist who does mime.

I didn't pay that much attention to the game so I don't know how "lazy" Ron was, but let's take the Allen Iverson approach: a) it's just the first preseason game and b) why should Ronnie play hard when JO and Jeff aren't even playing. :shrug: Just a thought.

MagicRat
10-12-2005, 02:30 PM
He'd be the first rap artist who does mime.

Silence. Music's original alternative. Roots rap!............

DisplacedKnick
10-12-2005, 04:33 PM
He'd be the first rap artist who does mime.


See? You'd kill two birds with one stone. You'd get rid of these stupid quotes in the press and he won't need time off to promote his rap album.

Pre-op Doctor: Ron, we need to do a little work to clean out your knee - just a little cartilage but we have to do it now so you can be ready for opening night.

Post-op Doctor: Sorry Ron - my scalpel slipped.

Bball
10-12-2005, 06:18 PM
He'd be the first rap artist who does mime.
.

From what I've heard... that could be an improvement! :devil:

-Bball