Ron Artest Says Kobe is "The Greatest to Ever Play the Game"

(via Thanks to our network-friends over at, we found this gem of a quote from Ron Artest when asked about Stephen Jackson’s demand to be traded:

“The greatest did it before — Kobe, the greatest to ever play the game — and he won a championship after that” demand, Artest said. “He wanted to win. He didn’t want out; he wanted to win. Stephen Jackson probably isn’t as talented as the greatest, but he has got as much heart.”

Many Kobe-haters (and will bring up the fact that last season Ron-Ron famously said Brandon Roy of the Blazers was better than Kobe.  Might I remind you of something: Things change when you become teammates.

No one will ever be as awesome as the guy in the story Artest told who was stabbed with the leg of a chair, though.

Looking forward to opening night, Clip fans!

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  • Coach Bill

    Artest needs to stick to defending and rebounding. He doesn’t always make sense when he speaks. … Bryant is a scorer, nothing more; never has been. I’ll give him this: He’s a hella hard worker who wants to win, and he can definitely score. But if all of Bryant’s lap-dog fans (that’s you, ESPN) and Lakers fans in general would stop for a minute and think about this rationally (I know, this is about as likely as getting an actress to stop seeking attention), they’d see that Bryant’s four titles were all the direct result of quality centers. That starts with Shaq; no argument there. But after the big fella left (to win another title with Miami), “Bryant’s Lakers” served as first-round losers or didn’t get into the playoffs at all. The Lakers didn’t make it to the finals, and then win the finals, until the noted development of Andrew Bynum and the acquisition of one Pau Gasol. Therein layeth the real reason for the Lakers’ success. But then, giving credit to Bynum and Gasol for winning a ring just isn’t as romantic and sensational, is it?