Thunder: OKC’s just not that into you, Ron
I know Ron Artest holds himself in pretty high regard.
I mean, the guy wore a shirt with his own name on it when he went on The Conan O’Brien Show last week.
(Then again, it was his “new name”, Metta World Peace. Maybe he just has a hard time remembering it.)
But I think ol’ Ron might need a little reality check. Prior to Game 7 in the Lakers’ first-round playoff series against the Nuggets, he was talking to Los Angeles Times reporter Mike Bresnahan in the locker room. Bresnahan asked Artest what he thought the reception from Thunder fans would be like after Artest’s vicious elbowing of James Harden.
Among Artest’s comments: “People can say what they want, but that’s going to the most entertainment Oklahoma City has had since they’ve been Oklahoma City.”
A decent but not fantastic NBA player coming to town is supposed to be the most entertaining thing that this city has seen in a hundred-plus years?
Yeah, I’m not buying it.
Sure, Thunder fans are going to boo Artest like no opposing player has ever been booed at The Peake. Some have suggested other outlets for the outrage after Artest tried to permanently implant his elbow in the side Harden’s head the last time these two teams played. Our man John Rohde has advocated silence, an idea that I love. A reader named Pam Klepper has suggested that every fan flash the peace sign when Artest is introduced.
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