And now, even though the Rockets have moved on to playing the Lakers, Artest can't stop giving it up for Roy. And what's even sweeter, Artest is talking up Roy at Kobe Bryant's expense. From J.A. Adande's article in today's Daily Dime on ESPN.com:
Artest wasn't rescinding his remarks that Portland's Brandon Roy is the best player he's gone against. He even expanded on them.So not only is Artest looking up to Roy, he's also mentioning his name in the same breathe as LeBron and D.Wade. High praise.
"Brandon Roy ... that comment was made because I really enjoy watching young fellas in the NBA," Artest said. "And I really enjoy just how talented they are. I mean, I'm 29, these guys come in, LeBron came in, I guess he's five years younger than me, these guys are coming in getting MVPs, playing great and leading their teams. I look up to that. I'm finished looking up to Kobe. That was a couple of years ago. There's young guys in there to look up to now. Like Brandon Roys and LeBron Jameses and Dwyane Wades, you know? O.J. Mayos ... I would like to give those guys all the confidence in the world, I want to see them do well."
And there was a little extra nugget from Artest regarding Roy in Shelly Smith's writeup, also on ESPN.com's Daily Dime.
"I wish I would have matured as fast as guys like LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Brandon Roy," he said. "When I got a little college fame, got into the NBA, I veered to the left and wasn't focused on team so much, was focused on myself. It took me 10 years, unfortunately took me so long for me to understand that."Better late than never. I'd like to cordially invite Ron Artest to become a card-carrying member of the Brandon Roy Fan Club, if he isn't already.