Photo Caption Contest: Ron Artest gets chippy with Portland's Gerald Wallace
No one should be surprised by this photo. This is what Ron Artest does, getting physical with opponents and adding instant toughness to the Lakers' defense.
In the Lakers' 84-80 victory Sunday over the Portland Trail Blazers, Artest and Blazers forward Gerald Wallace didn't back away from each other, prompting Artest to shove him away. The move drew a technical foul with the Lakers leading 80-77 with 44.8 seconds, jeopardizing their chances of salvaging a victory. But as Kobe Bryant said, "I'll take Ron against anybody any day of the week."
This leads to a perfect photo caption contest, and if you're looking for some ideas, here's Phil Jackson's play-by-play on the situation.
"Two guys getting after it and trying to out-muscle one another," Jackson said. "Wallace wasn't going to be out-muscled by Ron. Ron kept the action going, probably. I don't know if both of them should've been teed up. But [Danny] Crawford decided it was Ron's responsibility for the way it came out."
Photo: Forwards Gerald Wallace of the Blazers and Ron Artest of the Lakers get into a shoving match during the second half Sunday. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press
-- Mark Medina
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