Elliot Teaford of the Los Angeles Daily News reports:
Ron Artest reacted with disdain when told Phoenix guard Steve Nash predicted the Suns would win tonight to force the Lakers to Game 7. Artest launched into a lengthy rant about the lack of respect he and the Lakers have received during the playoffs. He did not raise his voice, but his disgust was apparent.
“Oh man, that’s like no respect,” he said. “No respect. No respect for us. No respect. That’s how it’s been for a long time in these playoffs. We’ll talk about it. I’m sure we’ll talk about it. Coaches have no respect for the Lakers at all.
“They don’t respect us at all. They don’t respect me at all. They want me to play out of character and start jacking up all kinds of crazy shots and not look to pass the ball to Pau (Gasol). (Suns) coach Alvin Gentry doesn’t respect me.
“A lot of the (opposing) players have no respect. I think there will come a point in time when they respect me. I’ll wait. I’m not rushing. We respect them (the Suns), though. I respect them. I guess we have to play hard and earn it.”