Why The Lakers Got The Best Of The Ariza- Artest Swap

Zane FergusonContributor IJuly 5, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12:  Ron Artest #96 of the Houston Rockets drives on Trevor Ariza #3 the first quarter of Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 12, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Lakers in my opinion have not taken a step back like many people say. Any one who says that is just Laker hater. Anyone that has a brain would not take Ariza over Artest. I dont care about the age it is about who is better. Trevor Ariza 2009 stats are 8.9 pts 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 asst. per game. Artests stats are 17.2 pts 5.2 rebounds and 3.3 asst. per game...So Artest is better than Ariza in every major catagory. Artest is experianced and a great defender (better than Ariza). Ya shure artest is fiery but so is D-Fish. He may not be AS fiery but he is.. Do you reacall the Luis Scola incident. Artest will Bring a good toughness to the Lakers. Him and Kobe are actually good friends. They may have a had a incident in the playoffs bu that is in the Heat of battle and they are both fighting for a NBA championcship. So comment me any your opinion about the Artest Ariza switcharoo