June 18, 2010 |
He took the ball and ran with it on the court, and stole it when he had to do so. Five times, in fact. For an encore, Lakers forward Ron Artest took the first question in his postgame news conference and ran with the words in the aftermath of the Lakers' 83-79 win against the Celtics. And kept running and kept running. "So I'm blessed, and I totally forgot the question you asked," Artest said after his lengthy response. Vintage Ron Ron. In between, he blamed himself for losing Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
October 27, 2008 |
The Houston Rockets were the Western Conference's best team in terms of opponents' field-goal percentage and rebound differential, and they finished atop the league in points allowed per shot. In short, finding any breathing room against the Rockets last season was a colossal pain in the [you know where]. Adding Ron Artest will only make Houston stronger defending its net. Just as the Lakers can field a great deal of different lineup combinations, so too will Houston have plenty of ways to align stalwart defenders like Artest and Shane Battier, supported by bruisers like Luis Scola, Carl Landry, and Chuck Hayes.
October 4, 2009 |
Luke Walton knows his time on the court might decrease now that the Lakers have Ron Artest . Walton is aware that Artest likes to play heavy minutes. Still, Walton said he hopes he can continue to get quality minutes this season as the backup small forward behind Artest. "I want to play," Walton said after practice Saturday. "There's no way to tell right now until the season gets going. But I'm going to work my tail off to try and earn as many minutes as I can get."
July 4, 2009 |
Staff writer Mike Bresnahan ties up some loose ends after an unpredictable start for the Lakers in free agency. Q&A of the day Question: "I couldn't wait to see what you thought of this nightmare. I was really hoping it was just a bad dream since I fell asleep to SportsCenter . . . unfortunately it's not. "I'm really upset. I'm sure you caught Ron Artest's interview [on ESPN] where he said we need to be 'hoodalized'? Yup, that's just what we need?!? I just don't get it . . .
November 1, 2009 |
His stats tell one story. He tells another. The two are conflicting, confounding even when Ron Artest explains his woes on offense. He's shooting only 25% (four for 16) from the field, 22.2% (two for nine) from three-point range. He's even missing from the free-throw line, making only 33.3% (three for nine) of his tries. Those numbers say Artest's shot has betrayed him. He says otherwise. "I feel like I shot the ball well," Artest, who is averaging 6.5 points after two games with the Lakers, said after practice Saturday.
October 17, 2009 |
Andrew Bynum is no longer late to the party, but Ron Artest is still trying to find his way. The big fiesta doesn't begin for another 10 days for the Lakers, though Bynum and Artest are having different experiences in exhibition play. Bynum, never known for being first down the court, is trying to stay ahead of the ball, moving with better speed. So far it has been so good to him, the Lakers' center averaging 22.3 points and shooting 59.5% in three exhibition games, looking more like the pre-injury Bynum than the post-injury Bynum who averaged only 6.3 points on 45.7% shooting in the playoffs.