Yao recently came out and said that he felt worried with the arrival of Ron Artest to Houston, which truly has ticked off a lot of people.
Now Yao, shut up. Please, leave the guy alone. Even I'm Pistons fan, and I've forgiven and forgotten what happened a few years back. Ron Artest is a contreversial player but give him some credit, after all, he has had a pretty clean record these last few years. Yao saying what he said won't really help the team "chemistry", he is so worried about. By the way, controlling Artest is absolutely none of Yao's business, nobody's asking to control him that's Rick Adelman and the governement's responsability, not his, he just has to play with him, discuss the plays and say hi and bye, before and after games, he doesn't need to be his friend, just an acquaintance.
When I first heard about Artest going to Houston, my first thoughts were "Wow, Houston is without a doubt a contender now." And that's what everyone should've been thinking, including Yao. Is there some truth into what Yao is saying? Sure, he's a contreversial player and even if you're thoughts are "Wow this guy is going to mess up our team chemistry", you shouldn't come out saying that, that's stupid and disrespectful.
But Yao's disrespect didn't end there, he then goes to talk about Artest's fighting problems, c'mon Yao, be serious, you should never ever do that in the public, even if he's not on your team, be a bit respectful, focus on getting China a single win in the Olympics instead of bashing on the only chance you might have of becoming a legit contender.
So is there something else that's worrying you, Yao? Is it really about team chemistry? Or is there someting else? Are you sacred that Ron might surpass you and replace you at some point?
Yao, in my opinion, looks scared not worried or he's just being stupid, but the first option seems more legit. Yao might be scared that the arrival of Artest will mean he'll lose attention off and on the court. Yao's averages will most probably go down as will McGrady's because of the arrival of a third scoring option. Ron Artest might start taking more shots than Yao or McGrady, and if either one, and probably both some time during the season, injures himself, guess who'll take over, that's right the guy Yao doesn't want and was probably yelling in his pillow the moment he heard his team had acquired.
Yao might be the better player for now, but Ron Artest is a good one too and could very easily replace him. He's not a foot or a foot and a half taller than most NBA players, but he can rebound, score, pass, defend, heck, if he was taller, he'd be better than Yao.
I liked Yao before so don't think I'm a hater, but reading those comments really brought his selfishness, but like all legit scoring options, sometimes you feel replaced when another scorer arrives, but however you shut up and that's exactly what Yao should be doing.