On November 19, 2004 the Indiana Pacers visited the Detroit Pistons. “The Malice at the Palace” as been reported on, extensively. Ballerball got in touch with the Cup that hit Ron Artest, starting the epic brawl, and thus changing the NBA forever.
Ballerball: First of all, thank you for agreeing to this interview, cup.
Cup: No doubt.
Ballerball: If you could just share what went through your head right before you flew through the air and hit Ron Artest.
Cup: Its pretty simple, really. This is Detroit. This is the Palace. Respect is earned. It was a sloppy game. Ron had no love lost for Detroit and Detroit had no love lost for Ron.
Ballerball: And you thought Ron was playing dirty?
Cup: Ron was just being Ron. He knew this at the time. He knows it right now. But he also knows that if you come at the king you best not miss.
Ballerball: Do you feel responsible for being the catalyst to the worst brawl in the history of the NBA?
Cup: Hell no, man. Its all a part of the game.
Ballerball: I’m not sure I understand.
Cup: The game, man. Look… I don’t have muscles, money, or a piece. I’m just a cup. But we all in the game. That night. Justice was not being served. No, sir. I saw injustice…Every man needs a code, no doubt…No doubt.
Ballerball: Cup, Is there anything you want to say on the record about that night?
Cup: This city is about respect. That night was about respect. You can only swallow your pride so much, you know? And that night…
Look, It ain’t what you taking, it’s who you taking from, you feel me? How you expect to run with the wolves come night when you spend all day sparring with the puppies? That night had to happen. We didn’t have a choice in the matter.
Ballerball: Like that night was going to happen no matter what?
Cup: No doubt. It’s all in the game, yo. All in the game.