Los Angeles Lakers: Daniel Artest

"They suck. Both of them."

Before anyone takes this as a literal diss, much less the makings of a new 140-character-or-less war of words between an Artest and the former Laker swingman, Ron was NOT IN ANY WAY seriously criticizing Ariza's game ON ANY LEVEL. As Ron has made perfectly clear throughout the season -most recently reported by ESPNLA.com's Dave McMenamin- he respects Ariza's game. He'd actually prefer the two stop being compared altogether, but thanks to that pesky McMenamin, the NBA's Fred Savage and Judge Reinhold once again received a tale of the tape treatment.

McMenamin's article (which gives Ron the nod over Trevor) seems to have gotten Daniel Artest boasting via Twitter on his brother's behalf, sparking a cyber-response from Ariza. The back and forth included a swipe from TA ("what r u doing with ur life?") and Daniel telling Ariza his career can't hold a candle to his bro's. The conversation even prompted Kevin Durant to chime in with his two cents.

The entire exchange has been neatly pieced together by the O.C. Register's Kevin Ding, who, ironically, also received a Twitter request from Ariza to defend his take on the small forward switch as well.

The NBA: Where "I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried" happens.

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