Ron Artest Is Truly a Nut
Obviously we’re not breaking any news here telling you that the same guy who dyes his hair purple and does TV interviews in his underwear is a nut, but let me just remind you, Ron Artest is a nut. How many players would react to making a game-winning layup as time expires in a key playoff game by deciding to visit the gym? While most players might go out to celebrate with a few drinks and cigars at a club, Artest decided he needed to get some legwork and ab work in. Additionally, Artest supposedly practiced his jumpshot for around an hour at the gym — a wise idea considering he’s shooting 24% on threes.
As if Artest hitting up the local health spa for a workout following his game-winner isn’t enough, his actions the next day were equally amusing. Artest was fined for showing up a half-hour late to practice. Phil Jackson says Artest misread the board in the team’s locker room and that’s why he was late, while the LA Times says Artest didn’t think there was practice so he headed to the airport for the team’s flight to Phoenix. I don’t know what the true story is and probably not even Ron does either. Who cares? This guy is so nutty it’s hilarious. But I can also say that because I’m not a Laker fan whose team’s success rests in the hands of this crazy man.
I am happy for Artest that he redeemed himself with that shot, otherwise he would have been thoroughly crucified by fans and the media alike. As it was, he still got hammered by his coaches despite making the game-winner because of his horrendous shot selection throughout the game and entire series.