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Ron Artest imitates Luis Scola on Rockets post-game radio show

December 4, 2010 | 10:26 am

Nothing will ever top Ron Artest's legendary post-game press conference after the 2010 NBA FInals where he asked reporters to acknowledge him, showed giddiness over a Wheaties box and provided random unfiltered thoughts in his fun-loving way.

But this comes in at a close second.

Even though the Lakers' 109-99 loss Wednesday to the Houston Rockets marked their fourth consecutive defeat, Artest still remained in a good enough mood to joke around. A local radio station planned to interview Rockets forward Luis Scola, but for some reasons had Artest call into the show. Artest rolled with it, attempting to imitate his former teammate's Spanish accent but sounded just like Ron Ron himself.

"The accent was horrible," Artest said. "Who was the commentator? What do you call the guys? Who was the radio host? He's horrible. I had an Arabian accent. They said, 'Hey Luis Scola.' So I started talking a lot of trash."

Some of the trash-talking antics: Artest told the radio host he was going to celebrate the Houston's win by "eating some Spanish food," (even though Scola is Argentinian), that "I'm the best player in the world" and by proclaiming the "Rockets are back."

Word had already circulated among some of his former Rocket teammates, who called him expressing amusement over Artest's antics. Just don't expect Artest to carry that over with the Lakers, considering his admission that "I can't imitate anybody." There might be one exception, though. When asked if he'd imitate Pau Gasol, Artest seemed a little more open: "If somebody called me up and had my name wrong, then yeah."

It at least one fooled one person. "That might be Luis Scola," the radio host said after the interview. "I'm not sure."

--Mark Medina

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