Trevor Ariza: Just As Much Of A Punk As Artest

Ron Artest is well, he’s Ron Artest. Anyone who has followed the NBA for the past 5-10 years knows that the guy is a punk, yes I said it he’s a punk. Before the trade to the Lakers I already had deep hatred for the guy because of his negative impact on the NBA. He is a horrible role model, and a liability to the league as a whole. The guy is a hell of a basketball player but is better known for his horrible behavior on and off the court. 

I have to admit, my hate for him grew even more after hearing about his trade to the Lakers. I thought it was foolish for the Lakers to give up, Trevor Ariza, who I thought was a good guy, for a punk like Artest.

Well today Ariza proved to be just as much of a punk as Artest when he took a swipe at Toronto Raptors rookie guard DeMar Derozen, who I happen to be a big fan of. The incident occured towards the end of the third quarter. Ariza let his frustrations get the best of him after shooting 0-9 from the field at that point in the game. Ariza tried to throw an elbow at Derozen after a steal, and rightly so, got tossed from the game and more than likely will receive further punishment from the league.

Hopefully Ariza learns his lesson from this mistake and does not turn into another Artest. He is still young and has enough time left in the league to prove he isn’t a punk, unlike Artest who will always have the reputation of being a punk.

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Tags: DeMar Derozen Houston Rockets L.A Lakers Ron Artest Trevor Ariza

  • Andrew

    DeRozen is a shooting guard or small forward btw

    I think Ariza is a good player, he just have an emotional breakdown

  • ormark

    So, does anybody still think Ariza’s cheap shot on Rudy Fernandez was ‘out of character’?

  • bpaul

    Thanks for the comments guys. It was my bad on the point guard thing, I meant to just put guard. I’m hoping that it was just emotional breakdown by Ariza because I like the kid. He just needs to learn how to control his emotions. I think that his foul on Fernandez wasn’t as blatant as what he did today. It seemed like he actually went for the ball, somewhat, when he fouled Fernandez. Today he was clearly being a punk, poor sport, or whatever you want to call it, and blatantly tried to take out Derozen. BTW, stay classy Buck Foston, must be a Lakers fan.

  • nubreed

    Artest and Ariza weren’t acquired through trades but were each picked up as free agents.

    Artest is hardly a punk. What are some examples of his ‘off-court’ behaviour? Sure there was that brawl but other than that he’s remained on fairly good behaviour, even though he is a take-no-shit kind of player.

  • Ken

    Ariza is a 9-12 FG attempt type of guy. It was mistake for him to leave the Lakers because he’s simply not the go to guy, further reason that T.Mac should be brought back into the mix. Ariza would make a great 3rd option after Brooks and McGrady, but not a first option.

    Some guys are only going to be make X number of shots, even if they attempt more. Ariza is one of those guys, evident by his typical 7-23 FG shooting I typically see.

    Ariza was clearly frustrated and attempted to cause bodily harm to DeRozan. He is LUCKY that he missed.

  • bpaul

    Nubreed, It was pretty much a trade when it comes down to it. For better words I guess I should have put “swap”, because that’s basically what they did. If the Lakers didn’t get Artest they would have got Ariza, and if the Rockets didn’t get Ariza they would have kept Artest.

    Let’s see off-court behavior. Going on late night shows in his boxers, drinking hennesey off the court between halfs, and striaght up acting like a punk. I saw him last year face to face when the Rockets practiced at my college and the guy is a total punk. The way he dresses and everything does not set a good example. He has no class at all.

    Ken you are right, Ariza isn’t a first option YET. I think this kid has A LOT of potential once he figures it out. And he was VERY lucky he missed, that could have gotten very ugly.

  • ron ron

    your a idiot i see you hating on lebron im not a fan but the guys is the 2nd best b ball player today and you hate on ron ron your a idiot i would like to see you play basketball or even any sport your just a tuff guy over the computer IDIOT

  • bpaul

    I’m not saying I’m better at basketball, tell me where I said that. I said he’s a punk, which he is. And Lebron is the best bball player today by the way.


    Let me help you get a better understanding of Ron Artest was brought to the Lakers to help shore up their defense and he is doing a great job…he is learning a new system and adjusting to the triangle offense very well.

    I have to disagree and so do most Experts in regards to Lebron. Lebron is a good basketball player, but still not in the same league as Kobe…sorry but that is the way it is…how many championships does Lebron have Mr. bpaul….you just answered your own question.

    And by the way we love having Ron Artest in LA…

    Later from a 20+ year Laker Season Ticket Holder.