Artest creates a title frenzy in Houston

Updated: October 10, 2008, 6:41 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- As he lifts off the first No. 96 jersey in NBA history, smiling uncontrollably at his corner locker after playing his first game for the Houston Rockets, Ron Artest insists that he's really like a lot of you conservatives out there.

OK, OK. Let's clarify a little.

Giddy as he is about the chance to show off his numerical creativity in Houston and inspired by all the grandiose talk his arrival has generated, Artest insists that he's ...

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