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Ron Artest has mastered the art of interviewing

July 30, 2010 |  3:31 pm

Beyond the pendulum swing of his cocky and humble answers, his openness and defensiveness, his realism and delusion, the thing I most enjoyed about Ron Artest interviewing himself in ESPN the Magazine entailed how much of a hard-hitting reporter he showed he could be.

He should certainly keep his day job with the Lakers, given the differences in pay. But I couldn't help but marvel at how well the interview had gone. Artest may chalk it up to good preparation, but that probably wasn't required because he knows himself fairly well. Or at least I think.

Nonetheless, working with ESPN's Sam Alipour, Artest presented all the good elements an interview should have: open-ended questions, follow-ups, tough questions, softball questions, timely topics -- and he hit on various subjects.

Obviously, he has come a long way since his interview with Kobe Bryant two years ago, which consisted of fawning praise mixed in with some interesting questions, including asking Bryant to acknowledge his biggest weakness.

Besides Artest, who else would you like to see interview themselves? And what would the questions and answers entail? We'll feature the best comments in a later post.

-- Mark Medina

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