It took a hot minute for Yao Ming to make a snarky comment about son-to-be teammate Ron Artest's tumultuous history in the NBA, including the infamous Nov. 2004 brawl with fans at The Palace at Auburn Hills.
"Hopefully, he's not fighting anymore and going after a guy in the stands," Yao said, according to the (Houston) Chronicle.
And it took the length of a cocaine heartbeat for Artest to respond in only a manner that Artest would respond.
"If you go back to the brawl, that's a culture issue right there," Artest added, according to the report. "Somebody was disrespecting me, so he's got to understand where I'm coming from. People that know me know that Ron Artest never changed."
While I'm still slightly befuddled at the Houston Rockets making the trade for a small forward when they've already got one (Shane Battier), I'm even more confused as to why Artest would make a comment like that.
Artest has never been one to clearly represent himself in interviews and this is just another example. Ron Artest never changed? So Artest fought because he was repping his culture. OK, fine. But if he hasn't changed and wants to continue to represent his culture, does that mean if another grim fight situation arises that he'll begin throwing haymakers? That's lunacy. That's Ron Artest.