After being suspended and fined left and right last year, it appears he has finally gotten his act together this year. He has hardly been in trouble this year, one of the biggest things he has gotten in trouble for this year is missing practice this last week (a big improvement from his problems last year), he is having a good year, and is playing great defense. Teams have been trying to get him, just so they can have a defensive weapon on there team (most recent team is the Knicks).
But are the refs letting him get away with too much?...he grabs, holds, pulls on opponents jerseys, pulls down Pierce's shorts (shouldn't he have at least got a T for this) and none of it gets called. It's not his defensive ability I am questioning, it's his methods. I think that he needs a different coach that can tame him more. He is still a loose cannon, no one can do what he did last year, and make a complete 180 degree turn around in less than 6 months. This is the same guy that got into fight, got constant technicals, got in arguments with fellow teammates and coaches, argued with guys on the opposing bench, held up obscene gestures at fans, among other things.
But either way he is still one of the best defenders in the game right now and playing some of his best basketball. I was just wondering what everyone thought of him.
And here are some of the guys that he has playing great D against in the past few games:
1/2/04-against Pierce. Artest scored 28, and only let Pierce get 18. Pacers win 103-90
12/30/03-against Lebron. Lebron scored 22, but was contained by Artest pretty much after the 1st quarter. Artest scored 18 points.
12/29/03-against Miller and Bonzi. Artest scored 18 and limited Mike Miller to 4 points, and was a little more lenient on Bonzi who had 16 points.