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By The Funk on April 25, 2006.
SPURS RESPOND TO RON ARTEST THROWING SELF INTO-THE-AIR-AFTER MANU ELBOW, THEN ELBOWING MANU DELIBERATELY SUSPENSION
Ron Artest is a crazy, dirty player, but he ain’t stupid:
“They’re changing the game from how it was back in the days, back when the game was really hardcore. The game was so hardcore back when Larry Bird played and Bill Walton and those guys. Those guys were playing hard. Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, the Detroit Pistons. Those guys were playing flat-out hard and aggressive. And now, it’s like they’re changing the game. It’s a new game. All the records that everybody’s setting, like LeBron James and all these new stars, they’re very good, but it’s not like it was back in the day. All the scoring titles and everything; it’s easier to score now. The whole game is so soft now.”
but talk about a persecution complex:
“If I didn’t have a history of doing (stuff) – that’s why they didn’t have to put me on the Olympic team and stuff like that. You know, it’s like another good excuse … to take things away from me that I’ve worked so hard to achieve. It’s just more good excuses. I just think these people get together and try to team up on me. They’re doing a good job.”
I caught some recent games on ESPN Classic, so I know what he’s talking about.
“The game’s changed a lot. You’ve got to adjust to the softer game now. It’s very soft, but it’s hard to understand what they’re trying to accomplish with the changes in the game. I was watching a game on ESPN Classic today, and guys are fighting each other and stuff. Nobody got kicked out. That’s a long time ago. And this is just a minor, minor, minor incident, and they could’ve given me a flagrant one and a fine, but they want to take a whole game. It’s very disappointing.
If it was a foul, then, yeah, it’s cool. But it wasn’t like I threw an elbow at him, and the referees were right there. I didn’t throw no elbow. I spoke to Stu Jackson, and he told me he did it because of all my other problems that I had throughout my career.
I’ll be back. It’s just not right, but I’ll be back.”
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