Let me set the record straight. That was a foul on Kobe Bryant — not Ron Artest. BUT it was Kobe playing hard-nosed, physical basketball and not a malicious elbow at all.
That being said, Ron Artest has to realize that he of all people can not run around like a crazy person on a basketball court. Everyone from David Stern to Reggie Miller had a “where is he running to now?” moment there for a second, including the refs. He looked like Mike Tyson at a weigh-in or something.
Given his history, the refs had to do what they did there. The game was already getting out of hand. His teammates should have stepped in before he ever ran up on Kobe. As a teammate, you have to keep an eye on Ron. Just the way it is.