NBA / Oct 30, 2008 / 2:00 pm

Ron Artest Will Get MVP Votes

Ron ArtestRon Artest, Dime #21

Why will this be the best season ever?

Ron Artest will get some MVP votes

Us media folk — especially the ones who get to vote for awards — love change. As much as the purists publicly pine for the days when players stayed with one team their entire careers, offseason trades and free-agent pickups provide new stories and prevent boredom.

And when those changes result in immediate turnarounds, we hand out trophies accordingly. Think about Steve Nash winning MVP his first year in Phoenix, Charles Barkley doing the same thing a dozen years earlier, KG taking DPOY as a new Celtic, and the fact that Jerry Sloan will never win Coach of the Year simply because he’s been consistently good with the same team for 20 years. Put it this way: If you’re in a long-term relationship, do you brag more about your girl now, after she’s been holding it down for years, or back when you first got together and you barely knew her?

Ron Artest won’t be any better this year than he was last year, or the year before that. He won’t be any more valuable to the Rockets than he was to the Kings or the Pacers. But when the Rockets start winning — when they look even better than last year’s 55-win team that went on a 22-game midseason win streak — and when it becomes apparent that this is the year T-Mac and Yao finally make it past the first round, the credit will have to go somewhere, and a lot will end up going to Ron-Ron. Call it swagger, toughness, the addition of a third scorer, just good old-fashioned defense, or all of the above; either way, a new team plus a higher ceiling equals some belated back-end MVP votes for the Tru Warier.

The New “Best Season Ever”
1. Chris Paul will win MVP…
2. …but Paul Pierce will prove he’s the best player in the world
3. The Clippers are alive

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  • Dan

    Good point…

  • fallinup

    As long as he doesn’t go nuts and create a major fiasco or kill somebody…I can agree with this.

  • fattyacids

    so crazy, it just might work.

  • matt

    I’ve come to accept that Jerry will never win the Coach of the year, even though he should have won it at least twice by now.

    On the point about ron-ron, he just might get some votes, but I can’t see him winning it all

  • control

    “Ron Artest Will Get MVP Votes” – No he won’t.

    The guy lives in a glass house (his mind) and he throws too many rocks (his emotions). He’s going to be great for the Rockets, until he gets his seven month itch and catches a case. He’s about due for a mental relapse.

    Does Houston have a mental therapist on retainer? I guess that might delay him for a few months.

  • D.H.

    The Clippers are alive? Austin did you watch the game last night? They looked about as dead and uninterested as any team i’ve seen in awhile.

  • jayslay

    he may get votes but he wont ever win….not as long as t-mac is on the team and yao is on the team …if they stay healthy then they all will get votes but none of them will win this is cp3 and bron year to fight for it….

  • http://GEE2.com GEE….Just sing it right now!

    Naw Ron Ron is straight. Everyone actin like he gonna do something major. I am feeling he is going to be straight for the season. I mean dude has nothing to worry about. He is on the best team, that he has probably ever been on. He is starting on that team and a major factor. He is with a coach he knows and likes. I am really thinking season wise he is going to bring it and be really cool.

    NOW OFF-SEASON!!! Well, that’s another story. Haha.

  • P_Dizzle

    You make some good points Austin. Sloan should have won it at least twice but it’s the same ol’ song and dance with him and why not give it to someone who is putting an extra jig in their step.

    That is the reason why CP3 got votes last year.

    This year the MVP race will be between Kobe and Lebron, with Lebron getting the nod. The newcomers to the MVP talk will be T-Mac, Dwight (Superman), and Manu.

  • CitizenB

    I bet my Fantasy Season on this by selecting Ron and Yao early. The Rockets were like those kids that can’t ride a bike so they roll on the He-Man bigwheel. His addition relieves the stress of the other two so they can finally make it through the season. This team is the perfect storm of justifications for going all the way

    -Finally establishing Yao as an elite center
    -McGrady finally making some post-season noise
    -Adleman finally getting his due after getting screwed in Sac
    -Artest growing up and becoming a reputable player worthy of remembering

  • control


    You straight trippin son. Manu in MVP discussion? The guy is going to be injured until like March or some shit to being with, and even when he gets back he’s going to be rusty as shit. He is getting OLD as well, he’s on the decline, so he ain’t gettin better than he was (which is just adequate).

    If they start giving MVPs out to decent 6th men, then Lamar Oden would probably win one first.


    Ron Artest will catch a case, the guy has too much history against him. Don’t get your hopes up so much that it slaps you in the face when he beats up a water boy or something.

  • Baller


  • The Real Tyrone

    Ain’t no way Ronny boy’s gettin any MVP votes y’all. Ronny boy ain’t nothin more than a self-proclaimed thug who ain’t able to deliver when it matters. Ain’t no doubt that Dime writers are as crazy as Ronny boy.

    True thugs never lie.

  • http://GEE2.com GEE….Just sing it right now!

    control nah I’m cool like the breeze pimpin. Ron don’t make or break a pimp, it’s just that if you really look at it, people make more out of it than it really is.

    Hopes is up playboi, but trust there will be no slappin this way hahaha.

    You prolly wanna reserve that comment for J. How? he seems to be stealing limelight lately.

  • control

    Tyrone aka Tiny Ron be spittin them cats da trouf.

    Tiny Ron got the know bout tru thugs. He are da tuffest internet gangstar around ya’ll.

  • http://GEE2.com GEE….Just sing it right now!

    LOL Tyrone Ronny ain’t nuthin? I mean pimpin you saying it like he is total garbage. Now if you feel that way it’s on you. For someone how is nothing, he has been sought after pretty hard. Must be something, ya dig.

    Your comment just caught me sideways like if I said,

    Actually true thugs lie all the time.

  • http://GEE2.com GEE….Just sing it right now!

    scuse me sonny that should be for someone “who”, my fingers got a lil razzle dazzled!

  • http://dimemag.com Austin Burton

    If true thugs never lie, wouldn’t that mean thugs snitch on their partners when they get pinched? ‘Cause that’s not how I know it. I’m just sayin….

  • control

    True thugs never lie because they are like pinocchios, their noses would get bigger than Manu’s. Everyone knows it’s tough to be a gangster with a huge nose.

  • http://GEE2.com GEE….Just sing it right now!

    LOL Austin you said it I didn’t

  • Drink the Haterade (KB24 Chip 09)

    @ Gee– “He is on the best team, that he has probably ever been on.”

    What did you forget about the Pacers squad in 04/05 I’m pretty sure that team was about to make some noise, and then Ron had to go all psycho on the fans in the early part of the year, but before that they had just stomped the pistons at home. Had the Melee not happened they would have played the Spurs for the chip.

  • http://GEE2.com GEE….Just sing it right now!

    So therefore again, he is probably on the best team that he has ever been on. LOL

    Lotta if’s, right now the Rockets are winning albeit 2 games. Still Ron knows this is probably his best shot. I stand by my statement.

    Didn’t forget about them though, just feel this squad is better. I get what you saying though.

  • doc

    I say Ron gets some votes just on the strength a lot of people believe T-Mac and Yao pussies and Yao can protect them.

  • Tommy

    I guess you missed on this one.