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Kings forward gets early shower after melt down

Published: Saturday, Jan. 26 2008 12:24 a.m. MST

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Mark

Our teams growing up. I liked the way they held their composure. Now let's see a victory in Arco.

come play off

bye bye Jazz..happens every year because someone knows them!

Bob

Okay, he didn't go "whacko." He played really hard against another physical guy who was playing really hard and he let his emotions get the better of him. He pounded his chest a few times and swiped Carlos Boozer's hand away when he shouldn't have and calmly walked off the court after being ejected. I believe this was his first ejection of the season. But because it's Ron Artest, it's said that he went "whacko." No wonder the Jazz fans behave like WWF fans when even the writers seem to want to turn a good player into a comic book character. Report it as it happened.

?

I am interested in evaluating the comment "smashmouth" from Sacramento's coach.

I watch a lot of NBA ball. Sometimes emotions run high. Sometimes people do things they shouldn't.

Truly being as open minded as possible I am thinking back to Jazz games I have watched from as low as the 5th row and games I have watched on TV.

In respect to Harpring I have seen nothing but hard, aggressive, hustle play. The guy would frustrate me if I had to defend him or coach against him because he is a work horse! But, to say he uses negative technique by implying "smashmouth" basketball is rediculous.

Sure, comments get made. From most players and on all teams. Some are good at disguising it and others can't control themselves, like Artest.

I am totally impressed with the Jazz for their hard play and focus most of the time. I really feel we get a genuine effort out of them most of the time and that is why I love to watch them play. Especially Harpring! Great example of a disciplined player! Keep it up. Go Jazz...

Danny Corks (PORKY)

Matt got in Ron's head. Matt = Good, Ron = Bad!

milo

The Jazz were complete angels during the game. No pushing, talking or knocking skinny players to the floor. It was all the Kings fault. We all saw that.

Pete

You gotta love Harpring. You can look over and over at the replays and he was just playing physical within the rules of the game. Artest didn't like that apparantly, nice job Matt -- glad to see you back 100% and healthy

Tourette's?

Is Artest just doing this to play mind games, or is there something wrong upstairs (in his head)? If he has something that can be treated, he should get help before he loses his career.

Basketballogy

Hmm... time for a "random" drug test perhaps? ;-)

Henry Drummond

Artest is one strange guy. I don't see how pumping up the opposing team's fans is supposed to help you win. He was going from section to section in the arena like a cheerleader doing his chest thumping routine. It was a very sad display.

Matt

"At that point, emotions are high. You got to be smart about it. You got to make sure you don't do anything to get yourself kicked out," Theus said

This is ridiculous. A message to Theus: You are his coach! Pull him out of the game... in your own words "at that point, emotoins are high. You got to be smart about it. You got to make sure [your players] don't do anything to get kicked out."

What a HUGE coaching mistake.

Also, has anyone tallied Sloan's technicals this year? I think he's at an all time low... is he mellowing out in his old age? Happy to be married again? Or just happier with the team (I really doubt its the latter!)

Cory

A couple of thoughts about Artest. First of all, why would you want a guy like this on your team? His actions are embarrassing and a distraction, when he started doing his thing his team was still in the game, he opens his mouth and starts pounding his chest and it fires up the crowd and the other team and next thing you know they're down double-digits.

Second, what happened last night was due in large part to the poor referees. These guys never had control of this game and you could see this coming. It's not like they've never heard of Artest, this guy is well known for this kind of crap. Call a tech on him earlier, make a stinkin foul call and this doesn't happen. These guys swallowed their whistles and actually looked surprised when the game got out of control. Had to be one of the worst bunch of refs we've had to deal with so far this year.

Don't know about "come play off's" comment but the one thing I do know is we won't be matching up with the Kings come playoff time....

?

Come play off, what are you trying to say?

Andrew

It doesn't matter. The NBA is fixed and it has been for a long time. Ask the referees.

re: cory

just being a realist here, but if the playoffs started today the jazz wouldn't be matching up with anybody.

Eugene

Embarrassing, simply embarrassing. With Artest's impersonation of the chest-beating King Kong and trying to get into a fight with any Jazz member within reach, I was becoming concerned that he was going to hurt himself or someone else.

It's one thing to be emotional, passionate and active in a game, it's quite another to be an idiot! Artest achieved the latter and ultimately hurt his team. You can't rebound and score points from the showers!

Anonymous

why do we bring up the playoffs now? there is plenty of time and the jazz don't need fareweather fans!

Ralph

Now he's acting like John McCain....

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