So after game 5 yesterday we all heard Ron Artest's interview about how Kobe got fouled on the last play and thats why he went after that airball so aggressively. He was clearly wrong, the Suns just played good defense and forced Kobe to double clutch so we will excuse him for that but after the game Steve Nash made these comments...
"Maybe we deserved this game, maybe we didn't," Nash said during a postgame press conference Thursday night. "But we lost. And they held home court. We'll go back and do the same and we'll come back here for Game 7."
Ron Artest clearly took offense to this and started playing the "no respect" card including gems like this:
-"That's like no respect," Artest said after Lakers practice Friday afternoon. "No respect. No respect for us."
-"It's just no respect. That's how it's been for a long time so far this playoffs. No respect. Guys have no respect. Coaches have no respect for the Lakers at all. They don't respect at all."
-"They don't respect me. They want me to play out of character and start jacking all these crazy shots and not look to pass to Pau. They're trying to not respect me to try and win the game. Coach Alvin Gentry, he don't respect me. A lot of guys don't respect me. I think there will come a point and time where I earn some respect. But I'll wait, you know. I'm not rushing."
Ok Ron Ron... you clearly don't have a television, radio, or cell phone and don't talk to anyone that writes, comments, or watches your profession because the Lakers not only get their fill of respect but are constantly the focus of the media. If the Suns won last second last night it would have been about how the Lakers collapsed and not how the Suns fought back to win it. No matter what happens the Lakers get plenty of respect and attention.
As far as the allegations that teams don't respect Artest go... yeah you are an awful shooter, good defender, take poor shots, and are pretty much the biggest thug in the league. If you want to be respected, act respectible, take better shots, and work on your jumper. Ron Artest constantly shows no self-awareness by saying things like this and thinking way too highly of himself.