Ron Artest mad.
Ron play defense. Ron play hard.
Ron hate Kings. Ron leave Kings. Ron join Rockets.
Houston nice. Rick Adelman nice. Ron likes Rick Adelman. Rick Adelman like Ron?
Ron is ready to win. When Ron is on a good team, he wins.
Ron will help Tracy McGrady. Ron will help Yao Ming. Ron will really help the Rockets.
He is not just a redundant Shane Battier. Battier is a nice player but Ron is better. He is better on the boards. He is better offensively. He is better as a playmaker. And he is better when defending the post man-to-man but not necessarily from the weak side.
Ron is the best two-way player in the league.
Is Ron a gamble? Yes. Is he worth the risk? Sure.
Ron said it himself: if the Houston Rockets find playoff success this postseason, it will be more so because Yao Ming is healthy rather than Ron’s arrival in Texas.
I very much agree with him. Houston provides a change of pace for Ron because he desperately needed out of Sacramento. In Sacramento, Ron was the first option and he deluded himself into thinking he was first-option material.
In his interviews since being dealt to the Rockets, he seems to have touched back onto the ground. Ron says he just wants to play, regardless of the role. He’s happy letting Battier start while he comes off the bench as the sixth or seventh guy.
The perputed exchange between Yao Ming and Ron Artest was clearly embellished by the media. And naturally, when the media is a go-between, all hell breaks loose. An eagerness to label Ron Artest as crazy or mad brought upon Ron’s baited brush-off of the Auburn Hills brawl.
The big question is whether Adelman can utilize Ron Artest to complement Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. It seems that Houston’s top 3 offer a wider breadth of skills than some other squads — namely the Boston Celtics – so that shouldn’t be a problem.