View Full Version : Ronnie responds to Popovich, challenges Bowen to one-on-one contest for the DPOY

04-27-2004, 08:16 PM

Artest takes offense to Spurs coach's views on his defense

By Jon Krawczynski
Associated Press
April 27, 2004

Indiana forward Ron Artest challenged Bruce Bowen to a game of one-on-one for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award today, one day after Spurs coach Gregg Popovich criticized Artest and Pacers coach Rick Carlisle.

"Tell his coach, 'Let's play one-on-one for the award,"' Artest said after practice. "I'll give it to him if he can beat me."

Popovich appeared Monday on a San Antonio radio station and said Bowen was more deserving of the award, which Artest won by a wide margin. Bowen finished fourth in the voting.

"Bruce guards the best player on the other team almost every single night," Popovich said. "Artest doesn't do that. Artest just looks the part. He looks like a big, tough guy. He whacks and gets knocked out of the game once in a while."

Popovich also criticized Carlisle for openly campaigning for his player. Carlisle called voters to lobby for his player and also had two assistants break down film of Artest to come up with statistics to back his campaign.

"We'll never do that," Popovich said of the campaign. "It's not our style. It makes no sense. And we'll certainly not throw out stats that are totally unsubstantiated. There's no way to substantiate them. It's like grabbing four guys off the street and putting them in a film room and saying to come up with some stats on this guy."

The comments were posted on the team's Web site and didn't take long to find their way to Indiana, where the Pacers are awaiting the outcome of the Miami-New Orleans series after their four-game sweep of the Boston Celtics in the first round.

Artest said he was angered that Popovich made the comments to the media rather than approaching him personally.

"It's not hard to get in touch with me," Artest said. "All you have to do is call the Pacers office and ask for my phone number. You can speak to me instead of going to the papers. He's taken a lot of positives away from it."


04-27-2004, 08:21 PM
And he'd win, too.

04-27-2004, 08:22 PM
Bowen can't score, it would be very easy for Ron.

04-27-2004, 08:24 PM
Do it, Pop! Put up, or shut up! :devil:

I love Ronnie. :love:

04-27-2004, 08:29 PM
Maybe Popovich can ask Paul Pierce if Artest "just looks the part."

04-27-2004, 08:54 PM
Maybe Popovich can ask Paul Pierce if Artest "just looks the part."

I'm sure Paul shoved him because he insulted his mother. :D

04-27-2004, 11:13 PM
Ahhh - classic Ronnie...the true warrior - won't back down from anyone. Let's be honest though - Artest would just tear Bowen to pieces - it would be no contest at all. :laugh:

04-28-2004, 12:31 AM
how about artest vs wallace? wasn't wallace sour graping too? :D