Lakers add Artest, bid farewell to po...

Lakers add Artest, bid farewell to popular Ariza

There are 12 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Jul 2, 2009, titled Lakers add Artest, bid farewell to popular Ariza. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

The Lakers' Trevor Ariza defends the Houston Rockets' Ron Artest during Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series this spring.

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smartypantz56

Glendale, CA

#1 Jul 3, 2009
Regardless of what you think of the trade, just think of what the rest of the NBA is thinking. They're thinking OH *&#@ the Lakers are tougher than they were before the trade.
Go Lakers

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Jul 3, 2009
The league may be thinking the Lakers are tougher but I'm not so sure. Ariza was a Michael Cooper type player--very athletic--and did a lot of things on the court which made the entire team much better. He was also team player willing to do what was asked. Artest is a good player but I'm not so sure he's a better fit for the Lakers than Ariza. There is also a downside to Artest which we don't see with Ariza.

There is definitely a nice problem to have!
GREEDY GREEDY

United States

#3 Jul 3, 2009
All of this for Ariza just boiled down to money. In the quotes of all the famous, over paid, basketball players "I'm just looking out for the best interest of my family." Give me a break.
5.6 Million dollars a year....look around all you greedy players....American are losing their jobs and have to live off un-employment. If Ariza where a team player he would have taken the Lakers offer and not jumped ship. On another note, Artest is a great player even better than Ariza so atleast this time we didn't get short changed for losing one of our good players.
Good luck Ariza and we look forward to eliminating you and the Rockets next season during the NBA playoffs.
Water Boy

Fullerton, CA

#4 Jul 3, 2009
smartypantz56 wrote:
Regardless of what you think of the trade, just think of what the rest of the NBA is thinking. They're thinking OH *&#@ the Lakers are tougher than they were before the trade.
I can already hear the haters claiming the league is favoring the Lakers. David Stern might take care not to wear a purple tie again ....lol
Local Yokel

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#5 Jul 3, 2009
It just takes one head case to ruin a winning team. I just hope Artest is happy playing second (or third) banana on the Lakers, if not, it's gonna be a long painful season.
Pirate in Texas

Carrollton, TX

#6 Jul 3, 2009
Here we go again, it's the Gary Payton experiment all over again. If there is one thing Mr. Jerry West understands is chemistry within a team. To win titles you need trust and role players. Remember Payton and Malone.
htownborn

Fresno, TX

#7 Jul 3, 2009
Local Yokel wrote:
It just takes one head case to ruin a winning team. I just hope Artest is happy playing second (or third) banana on the Lakers, if not, it's gonna be a long painful season.
I believe he will he was willing to come of the bench for the Rockets
Rafa

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Jul 3, 2009
comparing the artest deal to payton and malone? come on.... payton and malone were way past their prime when the lakers recruited them. Artest is a player thats hungry and plays hard. he is gonna bring that muscle that we need and makes losing ariza not as bad.....
Mac

North Hollywood, CA

#9 Jul 3, 2009
The Payton and Malone experiment worked perfectly. They lost the championship once Malone got hurt in the Western Conference championship. Once he wasn't able to play the Lakers were doomed because nobody could stick Rasheed Wallace.
Evie

Eugene, OR

#10 Jul 3, 2009
What were the Lakers thinking? Ariza was a great fit...young and destined to get better. Artest is no youngster. He is also a bit nutty. The Lakers finally regained the team chemistry that had been missing for so long. What a disappointment.
Doug

Hilo, HI

#11 Jul 3, 2009
Mac is right about the Payton/Malone deal. People alway critcize that trade, saying "too many superstars," or "bad chemistry," but as Mac correctly pointed out, it took the unthinkable to happen -- Malone getting hurt -- to knock the Lakers out. Malone was the key to that team.

Now for Artest...this will be a brilliant trade if Artest will accept the role of 3rd or 4th option. I think that since there are already two alpha dogs on the team (Kobe and Phil), Artest will do what he's told.
Jen

United States

#13 Jul 3, 2009
Tiiffany wrote:
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na dog, da glove an mailman already be in dey wheelchairs whin dey playin wit da lakers. dey was around 4 da ride since dey couldnt lead dey own teams to da trophy. da problem there was shaq and kobe be fightin like cats an dogs an dey be lettin dey egos get in da way of dey bidness ya feel me? All dat has done passed an kobe a muture leader now understandin what a take to win it all only now he got real help. Sombody in here say Artest hate kobe, ni88a what??? kobe an artest boys an dey used to roll together back in da day. aybody trippin over dey little shoutin match in da regu.lar seasin but its a emotinal sport ya feel me? as much as i hate 2 admit it, da Lakers gonna tear it up and repeat, shaq n Queen thang aint gonna work guaran-sheed y'all.
Learn some grammar before you post(or speak for that matter!) because half of what you write doesn't make sense! "da" and "dey" are not real words.. perhaps you meant THAT and THEY?

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