I have to bring this into call for this entire forum...supporting Ron Artest is supporting the franchise of the Indiana Pacers.
Too many people on here are so quick to bash Ron Artest and want to get rid of him for nothing!
The fact of the matter is that Ron Artest is a vital piece of our team to win a championship and what happened on 11/19 was unfortunate but we must look at the mitigating factors and realize that suspending him for the season was clearly overboard and in no way can be justified.
Supporting Ron Artest is supporting Jermaine O'Neal, supporting Stephen Jackson, and supporting rest of the Pacers. The reason many do not like Ron Artest on here is because of his so called "Thugish" image; and I have heard some "Pacer fans" on here say the same thing of Stephen Jackson.
Some of you Pacer fans have to realize that Ron Ron is not responsible for the behavior of others such as J.O. and Stephen but Stephen and J.O. were out there to defend their pride and their family members when the unfortunate incident took place on 11/19. I don't see enough Pacer fans on here putting blame on Ben Wallace for inciting this....Palace security....Palace organization...the Referees for not controlling the game and kicking out Ben Wallace immediatly...the Auburn Hills Police...and most importantly the Detroit Pissertons fans who not only threw the cup at Ron Artest to start the chaos but for escalating it by throwing more cups at Ron in the crowd and showing us the classless type of people they are by behaving the way they did by drenching our team with alcohol, a thrown chair, and by going on the court.
You have to understand, our team got disrespected and I guarantee you every Indiana Pacer supports Ron Artest and hates Detroit Pistons fans and will let it be known next time we beat them in Detroit. How come more Pacer fans are not outraged after our players got disrespected as human beings on 11/19, look what happened in the tunnel...but then you are so quick to Ron Artest because he is the quickest and easiest scapegoat possible....David Stern wanted to set Ron as an "example" and I find the suspensions can not even be justified even if you want to suspend him overboard. A 50 game suspension would have sent a very strong statement...the season long suspension took aim at a Pacer championship.
With a Ron Artest...no one in the NBA can stop us from winning a title...we would clearly be favorites. Ron Artest elevates his game to a whole different level each year which is scary. Ron will score 25/game on you while shooting 90% free-throws and dominate both the inside/outside part of the offensive game while dominating his opponent defensively which in turns changes the whole game around. Ron is one of the top 5-10 players in the NBA and he is so young, and he will only continue to improve!!! He is not even at his peak...it is scary how good Ron Ron is and how much better he will get...