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Daniel Artest Believes Brother Ron Will be Traded From Lakers Next Year

Last week we joked about Ron Artest who is probably the craziest Vegan you know. In that piece (you should check it out), Ron talked about how lost he is in the triangle offense. Though he may have been partially joking, Ron Ron says he just stays in the corner so the coaches don’t yell at him for being in the wrong spot. His comments seemed to be in good nature, they may hint at a disconnect between Artest and the Lakers.

Ron’s brother, Daniel, who has had a basketball career himself, tweeted Monday “My gut feeling is that Ron gonna get traded next season. It’s a gut feeling. I think Ron needs to be in the offense more. ESP in the post.”

No idea what prompted those tweets from Daniel, but they’re certainly noteworthy. Did he get off the phone with Ron and write that? Was he just thinking it for no reason and decided to tweet it? Who knows, but with Ron Ron playing fewer minutes and averaging far fewer points per game than he’s used to, he may not want to be back. We’ll see what happens, but you heard it from Daniel first.

Ron Artest: The Craziest and Only Hennessy Drinking Vegan You Know

Ron Artest is one of my favorite figures in sports and I often get asked the question why. The answer is pretty simple: he’s just an incredible personality. Most people know him for his role in the Malice at the Palace, and he didn’t help matters when he quit on the Indiana Pacers to promote his record label. But Artest has grown up so much since then and become a truly fascinating, charitable person.

Artest made headlines when he announced he was auctioning his championship ring off (the rings are beautiful) for mental health charity. As if that wasn’t generous enough, he also says he may donate his entire salary from the Lakers to charity as well. He says he’s going to pursue a career in the NFL and boxing when he’s done with basketball, and if that doesn’t blow you away, there’s also this and this.

If you don’t already understand what is so fun about Ron Artest, then you have to read this “day in the life” journal by Rick Reilly. Here are some of the highlights. “See, I can’t really understand the Triangle [offense],” Artest admits. “There’s 1,000 plays in the Triangle. It’s such a challenge. I get so frustrated about it, I have to call my psychiatrist. So I just stay in my one spot in the corner. If I leave my spot, I get yelled at. Phil’s gonna say, ‘What are you doing over there?!?’ So I just don’t move.”

There’s more and it only gets better:

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Ron Artest Says He’ll Try Out for the NFL When His Contract Expires

Sometimes even professional athletes can lose sight of the fact that you need more than just size, strength, and athletic ability to excel in a professional sport.  Brandon Marshall has already insisted he’ll play in the NBA if there’s an NFL lockout next season.  Marshall pretty much implied he’d be able to pick the team he played for, and while Ron Artest is choosing to be less pompous about it he has a similar idea in mind.

In an interview with CBSSports.com, Artest said he won’t be looking for another NBA contract when his current deal with the Lakers expires in 2014.  Instead, he’ll take his talents to the NFL for a tryout at the tender age of 35.

God willing, after my NBA career, God willing I’m still athletic enough – which I’m trying to take care of my body as best as possible and be prepared for this day, for this tryout of an NFL team,” Artest said. “… It’s a fantasy of mine. It’s an opportunity because I’m athletic. So if that fantasy can be fulfilled, and if it’s something that can really be reached as far as a goal, I’m going for it.”

Everyone knows 35-year-old men make the best football players, right?  Give Artest some credit for having a dream and wanting to stick to it, but even he must know how ridiculous it is to think an NFL team would sign a 35-year-old basketball player.  Even if he were in great shape, why risk signing a certified nut job?  But hey, like they always say — a man can dream.  Artest seems like a guy with plenty of them.

Ron Artest Raffling Off His Championship Ring for Mental Health Charity

Lakers forward Ron Artest has gone from notoriously hated to universally beloved in a short amount of time. After getting into trouble in Detroit, he forced a trade out of Indiana, then went to Sacramento, Houston, and he now appears to have a home in Los Angeles. Since coming to LA, he’s had wacky hairstyles and he’s gone to the gym after delivering a game-winning shot in the playoffs. He also realized how rewarding it can be to do charity work and be a part of the community. So much so, Artest has decided to raffle off his championship ring for charity.

Artest’s raffle will be run through his Web site www.ronartest.com and it will be held on Christmas day. Tickets apparently will be $2 each with a minimum of five tickets purchased. The money will go to Artest’s non-profit organization and then will go to charity. What kind of charity you ask? Well anyone who knows Ron Artest knows he has a soft spot for mental health issues so the money will go to charities that help raise awareness for mental health. At this point, it looks like Ron Ron’s mission in life is to have people thank their psychiatrists in public without causing too many laughs. And you know what? There’s nothing wrong with that. He really is a good guy when it gets down to it.

Ron Artest Thanks His Psychiatrist!

There’s no doubt that Ron Artest is a wacky dude. If you didn’t already know it, his speech after winning the NBA title during an interview on ABC confirmed it. In the interview with Doris Burke, Ron Artest gave his thank yous and in the middle of the list was his psychiatrist. He failed to actually give any comments on the game, instead he spent the time promoting his music. This is Ron Artest at his finest — check out the video of Ron Artest thanking his psychiatrist:

Video Credit: YouTube user DrD00CKTORDEATH

Ron Artest Gets His Back-Breaker

Ron Artest was heavily derided for his poor shot selection at the end of Game 5 between the Suns and Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. Artest missed two jumpers with his team up by three 101-98 and a minute left in the game. He wound up being the hero getting the miracle put-back on a Kobe Bryant miss at the buzzer but he was looking like the goat up until that point. Ron explained his reason for taking those outside shots by saying he was going for the back-breaker. I understood his logic, realizing that if his three fell, the Lakers would have locked it up. Well Artest had the exact same opportunity in Game 7 and he nailed it. With the Lakers up by three, 76-73, Ron Artest made a three to put the game out of reach. Here’s a video of Ron Artest’s three-pointer in Game 7 to beat Boston along with several other highlights (Artest’s three-pointer is at the 1:15 mark):

If Artest doesn’t make that shot, the Celtics would have had a good chance to come back and tie things up, so to me it was a back-breaker. Luckily he made it otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to hear Ron Artest thank his psychiatrist after the game.

Video Credit: YouTube user Navjoent

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.

Sources:
Ron Artest — The Post-Game Workout!? [TMZ Sports]
Another fine day for Lakers’ Ron Artest [LA Times]