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Ron Artest's game-winning shot in Game 5 of West finals still catching buzz

May 31, 2010 | 10:07 pm


Ron Artest wishes the Lakers didn’t celebrate his game-winning shot in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. Instead, a few high-fives and a dash to the locker room would have been fine.

He said he feels this way because he did what he was supposed to do – get an offensive rebound and score, which is further proof that he isn’t one to really enjoy the moment.

But Monday, Artest said everywhere he goes fans are still enjoying it for him.

“When I’m around town, I try to stay out of the public, but when I’m out, they’re extremely excited about that shot,” he said. “I’m trying to remove myself, but they’re extremely excited about that shot. I’m like, ‘All we did was win the game,’ but I guess it was how it happened.”

Artest said after speaking to the media about it, he realized how big the shot actually was, so he “re-winded it like 50 times.”

And he had to admit, “It was pretty cool.”

And, in looking back, he said the moment was a sort of baptism into the Lakers team.

“You still have a long way to go, but it’s like, ‘Yeah, you are part of the team now,’” he said. “It makes you feel good.”

--Baxter Holmes

Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest (center) is engulfed by his teammates after making a last-second basket to give L.A. 103-101 victory over Phoenix in Game 5 on Thursday night at Staples Center. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times