Here are a couple funny quotes I found from the Lakers.
Ron Artest, via the LA Times:
“He’s 300 pounds, maybe. He would argue that?” Artest said.
So Ron Ron modified his estimate, saying: “299.”
OK, then …
“295,” Artest said. “He can move and he’s quick, and he can dunk.”
The way Artest was thinking, Baby could be something of a sports renaissance man.
“He really should play football, and basketball,” Artest said. “And box. And baseball. And I don’t know what else, rugby?
“And be a bouncer. And cook. … He’d probably rather eat. He’s a great all-around athlete and, I guess, cook.”
If it wasn’t Artest, a player saying an opponent would “probably rather eat” than play basketball would be offensive. With Artest, it’s just another perfect example of how nutty he is.
Artest, via the Globe:
“I don’t know what people want from me sometimes. What do you want from me, 20 points? I want to win. That’s it. I think last night I played great. I always think I play great, even in Game 2 when some people were probably saying I had a bad game. I had a good game. I thought I played great.”
Nutty Ron example number two. By the way, Ron shot 1-10 in Game 2 and took a crunch-time shot Phil Jackson referred to as, “one of the more unusual sequences I’ve ever witnessed.”
Kobe Bryant, via ESPN:
“Derek, he’s our vocal leader,” Bryant said. “He’s the guy that pulls everybody together and is always giving positive reinforcement. I’m the opposite.”
So there you have it folks, from Bryant’s own mouth — he’s the exact opposite of a vocal leader.