Pardon Me But East Meets Wests & Ron Artest Merely Proves To Me What An A_s He Has Always Been But At Least Rodman Brought His Bucket and Lunch Pail When He Came To Play.

Pardon Me But East Meets Wests & Ron Artest Merely Proves To Me What An A_s He Has Always Been But At Least Rodman Brought His Bucket and Lunch Pail When He Came To Play.

Yesterday’s marquee matchup in the NBA happened to be between last year’s finalists the Los Angeles Lakers (46-18) and Orlando Magic (44-20) . The Western Conference leading Lakers were looking to avoid a three game falloff in terms of successive losses. The last time that happened to the Phil Jackson coached Lakers, was three years ago. And for the Eastern Conference Magic team , this was a game Wherein, they could gauge themselves against the very best that the West had to offer.

Orlando, Fl: Ron Artest (#37) of the Los Angeles Lakers sported a special haircut for the game against the Orlando Magic on March 7, 2010 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. According to Artest, the symbols signified "defense". photo appears courtesy of NBAE/ Getty Images/ Fernando Medina ......

Lakers’ player Ron Artest sports his latest hair style as homage to former Lakers’ , Bulls’ Pistons and Spurs’ player Dennis Rodman. Pity that Artest forgot the bring along the defensive and rebounding zeal that Rodman was often known for. His play for the Lakers since he was acquired by the team has been less than average at best. photo appears courtesy of NBAE/ Getty Images/ Fernando Medina …

The Orlando Magic for their part,other than the Cleveland Cavaliers might be playing the best of the triumvirate of teams that many felt in the East, would be in contention to be the conference’s representative in the NBA Finals. While the Boston Celtics ‘eked out’ a hard fought victory 86-83 over the lowly Washington Wizards . Were it not for the play of both Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo , the result of the game would most certainly have been different.

 Jameer Nelson <strong> (#14)</strong> of the Orlando Magic shoots a reverse lay up against Pau Gasol (#16) of the Los Angeles Lakers on March 7, 2010 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.   photo appears  courtesy  of  NBAE/  Getty  Images/  Fernando  Medina  ............
Jameer Nelson (#14) of the Orlando Magic shoots a reverse lay up against Pau Gasol (#16) of the Los Angeles Lakers on March 7, 2010 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. photo appears courtesy of NBAE/ Getty Images/ Fernando Medina ............

The ever wistful Stan Van Gundy was hoping to see some resilience from his team and he wasn’t let down in that respect. The effort forthcoming was exemplified in the play of Marcin Gortat , Mickael Pietrus and Matt Barnes . And though Kobe Bryant led all scorers with 34 points in the game which resulted in a 96-94 win for the Orlando Magic. For the Magic their leading scorer was Vince Carter . Bryant’s day , albeit that he wasn’t his usual customary self . It was nowhere his best performance of the season , as for much of the game he was harried and harassed by the defensive presence of Barnes. And as far as team support from his teammates, Bryant was hardly supported at all. Other than the 20 points thrown in by Pau Gasol , the Lakers’ performance was simply lackluster. And defensively the performance of Ron Artest simply showed why this experiment on the face of it , is still a work in progress.

Courtesy of ESPN Chicago.com

Artest: I’m a big Dennis Rodman fan

Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest, who sported a Dennis Rodman-like yellow hair style on Sunday against the Orlando Magic, said he doesn’t mind the comparison.

In fact, Artest, who like Rodman is a former Chicago Bulls forward, said he’s a long-time Rodman fan.

“You can’t compare me to a man with five rings,” Artest said Monday on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “But I’ve never shied away from that Dennis Rodman question.

“I’m a big Dennis Rodman fan. I’ve been a Dennis Rodman fan since he was in the NBA, even when he was in the midst of his controversies and when he was winning championships. I’ve been with Dennis Rodman through bad and good. That’s never going to change. Ever.”

Artest said the colorful hair was more to celebrate the moment than an homage to Rodman.

“We were on ABC, so I wanted to give the people something special, and I thought that would be the coolest thing to do,” he said. “I was trying to figure out what kind of design to put in my hair for that game. I was just going to put ‘Lakers,’ — I like to put ‘Lakers’ in my hair. This time i thought why not put ‘Defense’?”

So Artest put ‘Defense’ in three different languages. It didn’t help as the Lakers suffered their first three-game losing streak since January, 2008.

Artest critiqued his first year with the Lakers favorably.

“I think I’m doing great,” he said. “I’m playing a role that people thought I wouldn’t be able to play, as far as not being that main option.

“I’m happy with that. I have to master my role. I haven’t played a role like this in a long time.”

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<strong> Kobe Bryant (#24)</strong> of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against<strong> Matt Barnes (#22) </strong> of the Orlando Magic during the game on March 7, 2010 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. photo  appears  courtesy  of   NBAE/ Getty  Images/  Fernando  Medina ....
Kobe Bryant (#24) of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket against Matt Barnes (#22) of the Orlando Magic during the game on March 7, 2010 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. photo appears courtesy of NBAE/ Getty Images/ Fernando Medina ....

For those of us who watched the game and the sheer idiocy of Artest’s appearance notwithstanding. The player with his hair dyed bright yellow and the word ‘defense’ etched into his head in Hebrew , Arabic and Japanese. Unfortunately for Artest his idea of defense on the day was about recognizable and event as the first sighting of Halley’s Comet. Artest said to be an admirer of one of the game’s best ever defenders in , Dennis Rodman . Any comparisons that Artest would like to make about himself to the former Bulls and Piston’s great would have to be measured against Artest’s lack of real understanding of the game. His performance for the Lakers, as was that of his teammates , was totally abysmal , in terms of defensive showing ! And as I alluded to earlier , other than Gasol and Bryant , the team showed that unless the two combined score in excess of 55 – 60 points. Then more often than not the Lakers tend to end up losing a game. The output from the Lakers’ bench players was anemic at best and it shows how much this Lakers’ team actually misses the presence of Trevor Ariza . And if as is many have prescribed to the fact that the Lakers have depth on their bench. Then clearly yesterday’s showing cannot justify the claim that they possess the best bench in the entire NBA. Combining for 16 points 7 rebounds and one steal shows me that this team has its problems. And those problems will need to be acutely addressed by Phil Jackson and his coaching staff . If not, then there’s no way that “this team can successfully defend” their Western Conference crown , much less their NBA title !

Kobe Bryant (#24) and Pau Gasol (#16) of the Los Angeles Lakers jostle for position in the paint with Vince Carter (#15), Matt Barnes (#22) and Dwight Howard (#12) of the Orlando Magic on March 7, 2010 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  The  Magic  would   defeat  the  Lakers  96-94  in  the  match-up  of last   season's  NBA  Finalists.   photo appears  courtesy of  NBAE/ Getty  Images/  Fernando  Medina  ....
Kobe Bryant (#24) and Pau Gasol (#16) of the Los Angeles Lakers jostle for position in the paint with Vince Carter (#15), Matt Barnes (#22) and Dwight Howard (#12) of the Orlando Magic on March 7, 2010 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Magic would defeat the Lakers 96-94 in the match-up of last season's NBA Finalists. photo appears courtesy of NBAE/ Getty Images/ Fernando Medina ....

If anything the Lakers have become too complacent and are of the opinion that theirs by right will be a cakewalk in terms of a successful defense of their NBA title. For Kobe Bryant as the vocal leader of this team . He alongside Phil Jackson has to impart on this team that it’s more difficult to successfully defend a title than it is to win it for the very first time. One would’ve thought that with the experience of both Bryant Jackson and Derek Fisher , this would have been prevalent upon this roster of players ? And somehow you would’ve thought that these three stoic veterans would impart that knowledge upon the younger players on the team ?

For the Orlando Magic and their fans, in what was a soldout crowd at the Amway Arena in Orlando and watched by countless millions on ABC television , this was a game which they could savor. And though it can’t be seen as redemption in making up for the loss in last season’s NBA Finals . A devastating 4-1 series’ loss put an end to the hope that the Magic would win their very first NBA title. And it gave the team’s GM Otis Smith the resolve he needed to make the changes on the roster that would make them legitimate championship contender in within the NBA for an NBA title.The front office led by owner, Rich De Vos has to be more than happy with the present situation concerning not only the organization but also the team and the fan support at present. With the team being built primarily around Dwight Howard and augmented by players such Vince Carter , Matt Barnes , Marcin Gortat, Jason Williams and Jameer Nelson . This could be the year that the Orlando Magic redeem themselves. But that would be predicated upon them first taking care of business within the Eastern Conference during the playoffs.

For now the Magic fans may well just live in the moment and enjoy the victory. Because once the playoffs begin there will be a great deal more work to be done. And the whole coaching staff , team and organization (front office) had all better be on the same page. As it will take a concerted effort to win not only the Eastern Conference Championship but also the ‘NBA title’ itself. That will be the ‘true test’ for this ‘newly found confident’ Orlando Magic ‘team’ .

Alan Parkins aka theoraclesays aka tophatal

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12 thoughts on “Pardon Me But East Meets Wests & Ron Artest Merely Proves To Me What An A_s He Has Always Been But At Least Rodman Brought His Bucket and Lunch Pail When He Came To Play.

  1. Entertaining game. And a strong statement by a tough Magic team. Nice to see them not roll over or give that one away.

    Nice games from Carter, Barnes, Howard and Nelson.

    As a Magic fan, I am VERY okay with where this team is at right now.

    1. Chris Humpherys

      It was a statement game by the Magic and the team played well. This’ll be a wake up call for Jackson his coaching staff and the team .

      The Artest experiment is proving to be a work in progress and a complete mess because Artest himself isn’t playing as a teammate but as a player who just wants to show off his skills.

      It’ll have catastrophic effects for the Lakers if he can’t get his act together.

      Alan Parkins

    2. Chris Humpherys

      The Magic are playing well at present but let’s also hope that they can raise their play up at least a couple of notches come playoff time ?

      They will need to and its incumbent upon Van Gundy and the coaching staff pressing it into the team’s heads that’s the way it has to be .

      Alan Parkins

    1. al clements

      This is all about Artest’s ego and the fact that the bottom of it all is that he’s a damn jerk !

      As for Cromartie and Roethlisberger is there anything that can be said ?

      Alan Parkins

  2. Yeah, Artest is no Rodman, but in his defense he has helped them defensively. He’s been guarding the other teams best scorers nightly so Kobe doesn’t have to, but that shouldn’t be an excuse for how bad his offensive game has been. I think he’s an overpaid Bowen… The Magic have impressed me everytime I’ve watched them play lately!

    1. chappy 81

      You’re kidding right ? Artest’s game this season for the Lakers in large part has been found wanting ! And it has been left to his teammates to sometimes to step up and step in when he’s been a liability for the team . As to the offensive side of his game, well that’s fallen off from last year and his days as a Pacer .

      Alan Parkins

  3. Ugly game, ugly do’….Believe it or not, Ron’s tie-dyed mop was the only the THIRD ugliest thing on the court..
    #1…The Lakers effort.
    #2 Dwight Howard’s kicks.

    I give the Magic credit for the physical play and not backing down to L.A….BUT..
    They BARELY won…All the pundits are now jumping off the Lakers bandwagon which will all change once they start winning again…And they will.

    Meantime, us die-hards get to waste 2-1/2 hours watching them give a half-hearted effort, but no rings are won or lost in March…I’m not justifying what went down, just reminding everyone this team has a loooong history of Jekyll and Hyde play. The last three games have been Jekyllesque…I fully expect Hyde will show up come June.

    Props to Matt Barnes…I’d take him on my team anytime….Hard to phathom he’s bounced around as much as he has.

  4. An homage to Rodman or did he find out that Madonna was back on the market? You know how she likes those flamboyant forwards.

    1. aero

      First and foremost I think that someone like Madonna is going to want someone who’s intellectually and sexually on the same level as her. Artest isn’t anywhere as smart as he tries to make himself out to be . God , the guy has a problem with the English language much less conjugating a comprehensive statement that makes sense.

      Alan Parkins

  5. BleedLakersPnG

    The ugliness in the game wasn’t just Artest’s hairstyle but the Lakers’ bench were so pi_s poor ! That bench is by no means the best in the NBA , not by a long shot !

    The Lakers are simply proving to me that ‘they don’t like to be pushed around by teams that are more physical than they are’. And that’s what the Magic showed in beating the Lakers on Sunday. The Lakers’ bench is ‘soft mentally’ as well as being physically soft !

    Alan Parkins

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