Ron Artest credits Steve Nash’s intelligence to him being white.
Over the years, I’ve come to learn that are times when Ron Artest is seriously crazy and there are others that he’s just a really bad joke teller.
If he’s smiling prepare yourself for a lot of corny comedy that includes things that are said for the sake of shock value.
According to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times, Artest was asked if Steve Nash is the smartest player on the Lakers. His response was “He’s white, so probably yes.”
That was Artest in bad joke teller mode. The comment is quickly on the road to becoming a big deal and it really shouldn’t be.
Artest is guilty of having poor taste especially when it comes to racial issues. His comments about slavery in particular proved to be stupid and controversial.
The idea that I think that he’s trying to put forth is that people need to lighten up.
What he does not get is that he is one of those names that will never be able to for the most part get away with making these kinds of statements.
As the NBA season approaches, there are a lot of writers that are preparing their intro pieces on whatever crazy Ron will do next.
He would be wise to not feed their hunger.