“People always say, ‘New York, they always booing us.’ They’re just scared,” Artest said Tuesday after the morning shootaround, before the Knicks, who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday, played the Lakers last night at Staples Center. “They’re just scared of the fans and scared of the media . . . They’re scared because you know how crazy it is in New York in the media and when you have a bad game and once that pressure gets to you. But if somebody wants to be there, they’ve got to be able to say, ‘Enough of this B.S., and I don’t care what anybody thinks of me.’ Even if the fans boo when you lose, you’ve got to be able to take that and play.”
Artest talks about players being ‘afraid’ of New York. But because of the media, you know, not the guys dying from getting stabbed with chair legs.
I mean, Artest’s got a point, though, doesn’t he? Free agency is at a point where you’re going to get the money you want from someone, it just depends on where. It’s rare to find someone who will drastically overpay you one place over another. It’s the same dollar amount, different real estate market. Meanwhile, you’ve got other factors to weigh, like the weather, comfort, if your wife will constantly nag you when you’re at home about how much that place sucks and how much she misses her mother, and schools. Why would you be more receptive to a place that’s going to hate you the second you have an off game? If you go through a slump in New York it can turn into a career killer. Why put up with that?
In actuality, though, Crazy Pills just meant he was scared because of the nature film he’d seen with snake eggs in the Garden.