Friday , May , 08 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe Bryant: Tough Basketball Is Fun

Bryant called the battles "fun" and said Artest should not have been ejected.

"This one looks like it’s shaping up to a good, physical series," he said. "It’s fun – 80s style.
"I think it’s great. I don’t think he should have been kicked out for it. It’s good, competitive basketball. He’s not going to back down; he knows I’m not going to back down. It makes playoff basketball, playoff basketball. Period."

His elbow, however, will be reviewed and could warrant anything from a flagrant foul, as with a Kenyon Martin foul in the Denver-Dallas series, to a suspension, as with Dwight Howard’s first-round suspension last week, if it is ruled to not have been part of basketball move.

"For me, the game was great," Artest said. "It was fun. The new league we’re in, it was overaggressive. You have to have (guts) to hit a guy like me in the throat.