Ron Artest has never been shy about showing his respect for other players. He’s called Brandon Roy the world’s second best basketball player — right behind “a guy from my hood in Queensbridge.” He tracked down Kobe Bryant in a shower to tell him he wanted to win a championship with him. When Ron Artest admires another player, he’s going to do something to let them know that.
Now we can add Luis Scola to that list, because after the Lakers’ loss to Houston Ron-Ron called in to a Rockets post-game show impersonating the Argentinean big man. Don’t act that surprised. This is Ron Artest we’re talking about.
Here are some choice quotes:
“I think I’m the best player in the world and no one can stop me. I feel like I’m like Shaq. I feel like I’m THE best.”
“I feel like I am THE best around, in the world. You see the guys that couldn’t even hold me. They tried guarding me and they couldn’t. I just had the hook shot — that right hook shot — that no body can stop.”
“Actually Chuck Wagon (Chuck Hayes) he didn’t play with any boxers on today. He said he wanted to play and just play hard. He had noooooo boxers on tonight and no Spandex. He played freeballing. So he was a warrior tonight and we won it. The Rockets are back.”
“I’ll celebrate, just go eat some Spanish food. And, uh, just eat Spanish food, I think.”
Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, so I guess Ron Artest is the world’s biggest Luis Scola fan. Apparently he thinks he’s the best player in the world, similar to Shaq and that nobody can guard him because of his hook shot. High praise.
(He also apparently thinks playing without underpants makes you a warrior. That really gives the name of his record label — Tru Warier — an entirely different meaning.)
I highly recommend that you listen to the whole thing, just so you can hear Artest and his mile-a-minute voice try to do an accent. It’ll be the best 109 seconds of your day.