Tuesday , Aug , 26 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Ron Artest Greeted by 500 Fans in Houston


Ron Artest Greeted by 500 Fans in Houston

Music blared and airhorns blasted. A throng of about 500 screaming fans sang Ron Artest’s name and cheered his every thought.

Artest had arrived, bringing his reputation from his nine often tumultuous NBA seasons. The Rockets had become his fourth NBA team. But never before had he been so embraced.

"It just showed what type of city Houston is," Artest said after the brief mid-day rally at Toyota Center on Monday. "It just showed me I’m definitely going to be in an arena that’s full of energy, full of excitement. Having a chance to have those fans on my side, instead of against me, is going to help me play better.

Houston Chronicle