Ron Artest on tossing Ariza’s shoe off the court the other night: “As soon as I toss it off the court, it’ll buy me some time. I come back down, Trevor is trying to put his shoe on and I politely hit a three in his face.”November 18, 2009 – 10:30 am by Chris Fedor
All I can say after listening to this interview is wow. Ron Artest is one of a kind. You can call him all the names in the world and he just doesn’t care. He has heard it all. There’s no question that he is a very strange individual and he has made some really, really bad decisions in his time, but he is also a very good basketball player and he can be entertaining at times. I don’t agree with the things that he has done in the past and a lot of those things are his fault, but sometimes when I hear him speak and say some of the things that he says I just have to stop and laugh about it because I don’t know how else to react and that’s how I felt listening to this interview.
This interview was not set up prior to it happening. Ron Artest picked up the phone and called his buddy, Carmichael Dave from KHTK in Sacramento. They talked about everything. They talked about basketball, they talked about life, the perception that people have of him, his music career, you name it and they touched on it in a 20 minute random interview. It was classic Artest. They had some fun, shared some laughs and they actually went deep into some of the stuff from the past. Another thing they touched on was him throwing…sorry Ron…tossing Trevor Ariza’s shoe off the court the other night and then sticking a three in his face as Ariza was putting the shoe one. It was twenty minutes of radio gold from Ron Ron as he joined Carmichael Dave on KHTK in Sacramento.
On why he hasn’t called in a while:
“It’s early in the season. We gotta get that momentum going you know and once we get that momentum going, there will be a little more comfort. Right now there’s really no comfort level right now because everyone is hungry. Everyone wants to win.”
On him throwing Trevor Ariza’s shoe in the stands:
“Well what happened was…obviously I didn’t know his shoe would come off that’s the first thing conservative reporters. I didn’t know his shoe was gonna come off. I don’t speak to his feet so I don’t know what his feet are thinking, I don’t know what his toes are thinking, I don’t know what he’s thinking. Then his shoe comes off and I’m like okay a shoe is not supposed to be on the basketball court without somebody standing inside of it. So I said alright, I’m just gonna buy me some time. I really didn’t know whose shoe it was, but I said it has to be one of the player’s shoe. As soon as I toss it off the court, not throw into the stands which some people said, it’ll buy me some time. What happens is I come back down, Trevor is trying to put his shoe on and I politely hit a three in his face.”
On the announcers calling that a disgusting display of sportsmanship:
“I know a disgusting display of sportsmanship. How about that was funny as hell? I gotta find out who said that. I’m like you’re on my side, you’re siding with the other guys and you’re no longer on my side. He’s not a friend of mine. It just took one thing for him to comment like that. So now I gotta treat him like I treat my good friend in Sacramento.”
On his movie that he has coming out soon:
“Actually yeah, it’s called “Therapy”. We started filming it already. It’s about all the stuff that I’ve been through since I’ve been in the NBA, a little bit before that. It shows when I speak to a sports psychologist about everything that has happened and why I’m going through certain things. Then it has scenes about being married and just going out and everyday struggles and pressures of life. It’s kinda like what’s that movie? Realize This I guess it was called. (Editor’s note: I think he means Analyze This) It’s kinda like that, but it’s more kinda like realistic, so it’s going to be a good movie. The sessions that we record…behind the scenes footage is going to be actual sessions of my actual sports psychology. So people will get to see my actual real sports psychologist so its kinda cool.”
On the public perception of him:
“Even when I went to Detroit last year, people were like Ron it’s good to see you back, it’s good to see you back. I was like shut up. Get out of my face. I don’t even like you. They were actually trying to make friends with me. Although they like me I was like I really don’t need your friendship and things like that. Good or bad, I really don’t care what people think about me or what they say. People could be like hey you know Ron Artest is doing well, now they’re saying Ron Artest is doing better, he’s changed his image. Then I tell that guy, I call him on the phone and I tell him to kiss my ass politely. (Host: Because I’ve heard you say before, you’re still the same guy.) Still the same guy I’ve always been so it really doesn’t matter to me. What matters to me is that I’m doing what I feel is right. I look at it like this from a deeper standpoint, even Jesus got lynched and how bad of a guy was he? He was a great guy. If it can happen to him, it definitely can happen to me you know. I don’t get upset when people bad mouth me.”
On some of the bad stuff that has happened being his fault:
“A lot of stuff is my fault. Some things weren’t, but there were a couple things that were. It’s not like I don’t care. I’m interested in people’s opinion, I’m interested definitely. Like this one lady came up to me and said ‘Ron Artest I’m glad you’re in LA and I hope you can keep your head together.’ I told her get outta my face. She tried to get my autograph and I said no get outta my face cuz you’re already judging me already. She said I’m sorry, but after she left I still didn’t sign nothing for her. She judged me right away so she was trying to be friendly, but she judged me. Those are they type of people that I don’t really connect with right away. I understand, but I just don’t connect with those types of people right away.”