you know what is funny about that? wasn't Artest s**tting on Ariza for the most part of that series between Lakers and Rockets? i really don't remember Ariza even playing well in that series
besides Artest is a better on-ball defender, stronger, better scorer because he can create his own shot, tougher he will help Lakers more than Ariza did and plus he can score in that low-post and he have way more to his game than Ariza did, Lakers struggle with teams that have good sf, Melo was cooking L.A. aswell, them days are gone
Artest was pretty awful against us in the last few games.. What worries me is the fact that he's a volume shooter...
LA does not need any more scorers..
Kobe will have to really tone down his game next season, and who knows whether or not it'll be for the better.
Ariza was content with 5-8 shots per game.. Artest regularly gets 15+