If there is a God, and He reads Basketbawful, then I can only pray that He will one day grant me the opportunity to interview Ron Artest. Forget Shaq. Artest is the true MQE (Most Quotable Ever). In his latest oratorical masterpiece, Ron informs us that Brandon Roy is better than Kobe Bryant and LeBron James (even though "his defense is kind of suspect"), names "a guy from my hood from Queensbridge, a guy named Mike Chatfer, he went to jail a couple of years" as the best player he's ever played against, and states flatly that Charles Barkley was overrated ("He was a little small -- he didn't have no defense.") His crazy is much better suited to aimless talking than brawling. We need a Ron Artest reality show, immediately.
It looks to me like Denver should totally roll Dallas, but lots of people see it going to 7, and Simmons gives the impression that he likes Dallas in that series.
Denver (who has earned their "D" back, in a HUGE way) should roll them imo, because:
-they have mobile, tall bigs who can harass Dirk in Martin and Anderson
-they have a stronger bench (Terry isn't a bench player and doesn't play bench minutes so I don't count him- I never considered Manu a bench player either, just a starter who comes in 5min later than the rest)
-they have home court
-they have people to throw at Howard (Jones)
-Billups can guard Kid 1on1 without worrying about fouls
-they win the matchup at every position except the 4, and I'm not even sure if Dirk can win his matchup with Martin
So How does this series become competitive? How does Denver not blow them out? Anyone?
That said, I've seen Brandon Roy put up better performances against Artest than I have LeBron. Kobe has recently been getting the better of Ronny, but there have been times in the past where Artest has clearly won the matchup. In that sense, Artest's comments about Roy may not be as silly as we'd like to believe.
By the way, if I was the GM of any NBA team, I would be sure to contact Mike Chafter as soon as possible in the off-season, presuming he's served his prison sentence. You could probably sign him for pennies on the dollar, and have a player who's better than Brandon Roy, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James.
tracy morgan is a real life tracy jordan too...