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Ron Artest explains how his new shoes make him play better

In what likely marks one of the greatest grand exits ever, Lakers forward Ron Artest left the team's facility in El Segundo on Saturday just as he appeared on the verge of answering Coach Phil Jackson's criticisms about wearing shoes from Peak last season. Jackson had often described Artest's shoes as "concrete boots" and suggested that they contributed to his plantar fasciitis and inconsistent shooting percentage.

"My defense was so unbelievable. Phil just was, he was probably concerned a little bit," Artest said after practice Saturday. "He probably was concerned because my feet were hurting at the time and it carried over to my foot."

"He doesn't understand," Artest continued. "Back in the days, they didn't have ... "

Artest then trailed off and stopped at mid-sentence. "I'm gonna shut up," he said. "All right. I'm gonna shut up." Artest then walked away from a brief interview and went into the trainer's room.

Jackson is never shy about needling Artest, but at least it won't be about his shoes anymore. Artest recently signed with a new shoe company, BALL'N, and has worn the purple-and-gold model so far this season, a move he says makes him no longer feel inhibited in laying out his full intensity on the court.

"I'm able to make movements where I really don't have to worry about my joints hurting and things hurt like that," Artest said of the shoes, which feature d3o shock-absorption performance technology. The feature allows his feet to stay more stable on contact. "I like it because I feel like I can play hard the whole time."

That should be good news for the Lakers, considering Artest entered training camp weighing 250 pounds and has appeared more mobile and lighter since then. The new deal marks his eighth shoe endorsement in 11 years, and in the video above,  Artest seemed to rattle off every single shoe company imaginable that used to endorse him.

"I like to have fun," he said, adding that he soon plans to a shoe and clothing line in his name. "I don't like to be bored."

Neither does Jackson, who says the new shoe deal has made a difference.

"I told him his feet have been alive this year," the coach said. “He has more hop to [his step]."

-- Mark Medina
Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

 
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Good Morning Nation...

Today the Lakers add another victim to the list...We stay perfect and end the week with one more victory...

"Saying...Don't be afraid"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdMi_TW65Ho&feature=fvst

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Ron's got sole.

I LOVE the smell of Roll Call in the morning...

LEWSTRS present and accounted for...checking in...

Thank you Mamba24 for an AWESOME roll call...

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

Good morning LEWSTRS! Thank you and carry on sir!

@63 footer - Yes Rons got sole and he's SUPERBAD -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjLoToWNsYY&feature=fvw

@63 Footer...Thanks bruh for that selection...Now I got some Sunday Soul...yeah baybee...."Hit me"....

I'm sorry I meant...

Mamba24...Thanks bruh for that selection...Now I got some Sunday Soul...yeah baybee...."Hit me"....

Mamba24...Thanks bruh for that selection...Now I got some Sunday Soul...yeah baybee...."Hit me".... Posted by: LEWSTRS | November 07, 2010 at 08:27 AM
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Just consider it double Soul my brother! LOL!

Lew - thank mamba24 for the soul, I gave you the sole, but I will give you the shoes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79CJON8fv6c

Of course, Ron really needs these shoes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GsLBtzSkYE

I believe Lonnie Youngblood on vocals.

"My defense was so unbelievable. Phil just was, he was probably concerned a little bit," Artest said after practice Saturday. "He probably was concerned because my feet were hurting at the time and it carried over to my foot."

Can someone kindly translate? I love Ron, would like to understand him more.

Of course, here are the kind of shoes Lebron wears: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O1Ia8tU0gs

I love the smell of roll call in the morning - it smells like...Victory! More cowbell Lewsters - MORE COWBELL...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvNOZegkVXo

Mamba24 gave me soul...

63 Footer gave me shoes with sole...

Now I can...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqVFJNcQ4X0

@63 Footer - I'm like Imelda...keep them shoes coming...

Do you have this model...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOjOCvWazrs

@jefe - great song for a Sunday morning...and thanks for kicking my ass this week...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th370QmFtk8&ob=av2e

Lakers Dynasty - The Next Generation...

#17 Coming Up!!!

LEWSTRS - "I'm like Imelda...keep them shoes coming..."

That made me laugh this morning.

Okay, one last one before heading off:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJKt-DhII_4

brought a black pair of Kobe v's

painted the tick purple and gold !

brought a black pair of Kobe v's

painted the tick purple and gold !

another thought for the day, my hatred for lebron is equal to my love for dwanye wade.

what should i feel about miami ?

Hey, Laker Amigos, tonight I predict we get "the Demo". The Lakers have been on cruise control so far, and their defense (or lack of it) has been questioned by just about everybody. Except me, babeee. These guys have all the pieces and all the equipment needed for laying a serious beatdown on somebody. The only reason they haven't so far, is that they haven't run into any team that they sensed needed to be brought down a peg or two.

Well, tonight's the night. The Blazers have trash talked the Lakers just enough to get a checkmark in the Lakers' "to do" list. Beatdown coming, suckas.

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Morning all..

Who says Laker fans can't talk about shoes.. because
when it's all said and done
...you're gonna need
a quality shoe...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg9NlOyiZaA


One dilemma the Lakers will have throughout the season is that when all of the Lakers players are healthy, two rookies are like to be on inactive roster just because they are rookies. I don't know if this will help to develop Caracter and Ebnaks as NBA players (or good for the team.) I hope PJ will be more flexible (make players more responsible) as to who should be on inactive roster. For instance, PJ could have Caracter and Ratliff to compete to be remained on the active roster when Bynum comes back.

another thought for the day, my hatred for lebron is equal to my love for dwanye wade.

what should i feel about miami ?

Posted by: London Laker | November 07, 2010 at 09:41 AM

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i know how you're feeling; just enjoy the game of basketball. they have a good product on the floor so ignore the personalities - we don't have a clue who these people are anyway - and focus on the vibe of the game. in the end, it's basketball at the highest level and the Lakers sit at the top of it all with the assistance of the best player, coach, gm and owner in any sport.

GO LAKERS!!

"My defense was so unbelievable. Phil just was, he was probably concerned a little bit," Artest said after practice Saturday. "He probably was concerned because my feet were hurting at the time and it carried over to my foot."

Can someone kindly translate? I love Ron, would like to understand him more.


Posted by: DocPappy | November 07, 2010 at 08:36 AM

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In Ron's defense, he told the interviewer that "his feet hurt" and he want on to explain that he had initially injured his ankle and that it had "carried over to his foot." the body tends to compensate for an injury, thus putting pressure on other parts of the body so you get that "spreading" sensation. that's just the way it is.

He may not be the most articulate person in the NBA -but nowadays, most of the players aren't - but the man can play basketball and again, in the end, that's all that matters; he gets paid to play and he earns his paycheck.

Mornin' all!
May I channel a little justa and say...

GAAAAME DAAAAAAAAAAAAYYY BABBBYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!

I love the trading block for some fans on the blog. I tend to think that if we made some of these 'Laker fans' GM, we'd have a different team weekly, 'Kobe goes 6-for-17? TRADE HIM!'

By the end of the year we will have had 200 players on the team, and would be down to NBDL roster cuts filling out the Laker lineup...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Tonight's game is all about matchup: Gasol vs Camby, LO vs LA, Batum and Artest (very interesting matchup), ROY vs KOBE (best matchup), Miller vs Fisher/Blake (ousted as starting PG because of Miller at Portland), and Oden vs Bynum(which would have been a great matchup) When both teams are healthy, the Portland could give the Lakers the most challenge in the West. 99-00 season all over again?

Oregonian: "I know how easy it is to second guess roster moves, but I never understood getting rid of Mbenga. He was a big strong physical force that gave a 100 % and never gave up an easy bucket. Affordable and willing to use all six of his fouls, he occasionally even made a shot. That is much more then Theo can give at this stage of his career. From what I hear, bottom line is that Phil just didn't like the guy. Whatever the case, maybe trial by fire will be just what Character needs."

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I don't know about Phil not liking DJ, hadn't heard that before, I'd be curious where you saw or heard that.

Oregonian makes a good point. Mbenga was reliable, and rarely injured. Ratliff's 37-yr old creaky knees are showing the wear and tear. It is the one roster move made this off-season that was somewhat questionable in my view, simply due to Theo's age, but Mitch still deserves an 'A' grade, instead of maybe an 'A+'.

However, I remember going over the offseason list for bigs, not exactly blue-chip material. A lot of younger bodies, but no one that was more skilled than Ratliff.

When all the apples are flawed, you pick the one that's least blemished. That is what Mitch did, although it seems this apple may be wormy.

I still think Ratliff is an upgrade, and Mitch can't forecast injuries, I just hope that the tendinitis problems limiting Theo pass and he could help reduce Pau/L.O.'s minutes til the cavalry arrives ('Drew!)...


GO LAKERS!!!!!

Good evening Fam ;)

Sorry if I have been MIA for the past 36 hours or something, including the last match chat...

I got betrayed by Internet connections while at Lake Garda and the only thing I could manage was a glimpse of tweets while outta home there and a lucky rewatch of the game itself on NBA pass the morning after it was originally played (morning for me, of course).

I read all the threads and posts since my latest one and the one I agreed the most with regarding the Toronto face-up was this one:

"Now that's the early season Lakers I remember! At least they pulled it out. I'm glad the Blazers are coming into town to wake them up. Although I do agree with the general consensus that they need to pace themselves at this point in the season, especially until Drew comes back.
I freaking love our bench additions. Had no idea they would be this effective so early in the season.
We need to start a Mitch Kupchak for exec. of the year bandwagon!

Posted by: AndTheJellosJigglin | November 06, 2010 at 11:16 AM"

TOTALLY agreeing.
I was waiting for some intrusion in our "all is completely amazing" mindset.
I still think that we are completely amazing but this is what I need to be more confident later on: struggling and adjustments, so that we can for real perfection our art.

Before I write more bball, let me just WELCOME OUR RICK BACK HOME, meaning both his house (a place to find relief and force in easier... get it all my friend) and here for his appearance yesterday.
It's beautiful to have you around again... now keep getting stronger, so that you will be as soon as possible a driver and a leader here again.

I also wanna thank Larry who put me in his bandwagon even if I couldn't write anything due to the internet demise last hours: you're always especially empathic Larry... a lovely creature you are.

Okay, back bball for a moment at least.

On the necessity PJ pointed at about needing the homecourt advantage, this doesn't actually come neither as a surprise nor it means that he treats the regular season as a practice.

The two concepts are not mutually exclusive.

PJ analyzes what we have as a team cardboard, and works with it and them all regular season long.
To have the best of effect of all elements during playoff times.
It means he has to work with and over a complexion of skills, individually, then what he would like to obtain out of those skills COMBINED on the floor, has to be shaped and trained and maybe given second guesses at once something may work better or worst than planned; and that is when and where he treats regular season as a "practice": he lives his theories and tries to make the rotation of players develop those ideas, while at the same time he pushes each player to develop what he and they think are the full of display of their own personal skills from "in potential" to "in full effect".

This process where he does rotations that to the majority of us may seem strange, and when he seems "not to coach" (he always coaches) just to see how players react to difficulties as inner pushes and how the senators develop the leading chemistries among them and the newbies, is also part of the regular season "taken as a practice".

That just means he doesn't consider "blowouts" forcedly as a a good thing, unless through them those above elements don't get tested through.

In all that, PJ is the finest strategist: of course he cares about homecourt advantage, especially when he knows that can be a discriminant in the smooth reaching of our goal which is ALWAYS the final prize.

The point is when he says "what matters is the run" he is not saying "I don't care about win". He means he reckons the easiest way to grab the final win is having a meaningful RUN, not in the sense of piling empty wins, during regular season, but growing out stronger and working on potential minuses in that run, so that by the time final wins will mean getting a ring or not, we will have all option tested and it will be easier to win the final step for us.

There is absolutely no contrast, contrariwise, it's propedeutical to consider the regular season a "practice" and do our best to take homecourt adavantage.
It's exactly the same pattern: from one thing arises the other.

But while the homecourt advantage may be really useful to grab the prize, but doesn't assure it, if we have a good run and a good "practice" as a team developing in our regular season, I really believe as PJ does that we have HIGHER odds even than getting merely homecourt advantage at taking the final prize.

Because the two things (good run and practice AND homecourt ADV) could and should come together, but sometimes they do not.

But what he thinks is that it's the developing and the run of the team that gives the highest odds at triumph, not the homecourt advantage: which anyway MUST be a target to reach. Just not something we should get demoralized at if we don't get, in case we still have a great run and develop.

This is what Zen PJ means when he praises the "process" and mentions it MORE than he generally does with homecourt advantage, which he has always pursued (of course).

And well... I totally agree with PJ, too.

Today's songs are very trippy clubby shakey modern songs.
I feel clubby today ;)

Sometimes I gotta just shake, right?

And I feel this songs prepare us well for the battle of tonight too:

Tinie Tempah, Pass Out (love it a lot!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzvGKas5RsU

The some Tiesto, first because I LOVE him and then because Divine A was djing with him in Miami just this past saturday (sometimes Miami can be interesting... especially if three hours before Meat got beaten up... LOL), and you know all my soft spots got it when they played this, "Escape Me":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CeTyIWiBc4

And let's end with one of my favorite always,Calvin Harris, acceptable in The 80s:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhUcSbbURyc

Congratulations to all who got RCOTD that I forgot to mention these past posts... me bad. ;)

Catch you in chat (for real) later on.

Sha-Sha---Shake along and LLL ;)

Z. :)

Always imitated, never perfected... And now cuz you asked for it:


GAME DAY BABY!!!!!!!!!!


YYYEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning CRUE!!


Can't wait for tonight!!!


Justa call ME Imelda - I've got more shoes than I know what do to with.

GO LAKERS!!!
Let the hunt for 6 begin - DFish
Nothing but another title will suffice - KBryant
WE GOT THIS - justa


Well it's about time you showed up!


Hey Justa..

Not what you were expecting, but I got you a gift:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCjLM-L19-c

MISSING YOU !!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Watching the Lakers defense Friday night against the Raptors should have served as prima facie evidence of how much the LA Lakers missed their starting center Andrew Bynum. Here is an excellent article on that point by Chris Shellcroft for Lake Show Life:
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http://lakeshowlife.com/2010/11/06/lakers-finally-miss-andrew-bynum/
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“While it is only one game and the Lakers are still a perfect 6-0, Toronto has established a definitive blueprint other teams can use in order to attack the Bynumless Lakers.”
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And here’s a great tune that illustrates the blind denial of the Bynum Bashers perfectly…
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John Waite, Missing You: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9e157Ner90
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And another great version with Allison Krauss:
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9e157Ner90
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
TOM

This season's debate has begun: DJ vs Ratliff.

I just hope Ratliff comes back nicely like Artest last year.

Mamba24- I see you given out SOUL the beautiful day in Lakerville, first the "GodFather" , now the "Soul Man". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B26ORjxQdNA

NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT 2PHAT!!!!


..and before we're all done with shoes...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6mfB0GB5iI

Noah - OMG - that was hilarious!!!!

THANK YOU!!!


(but I'm still expecting my iPad. You're not off the hook for that yet, mister)

No, No, No more SHOES!!!

Profiles, people - profiles.


TURN THEM IN!!


63 Footer - that means YOU.


Justa..

You might also try watching "Ham Daquiri" and "McNuggetini" on the same page.


Mamba, did I hear you correctly? NO SHOES?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh2T7Q2LfHs

Somehow no shoes and roches just seems appropriate! LMAO!!!

Roll Call hot like fire - check
Shot of Laker-hol with a purple & gold chaser - check
16 championship rings - check
16 championship banners - check
Great start on getting #17 - check and double check

Go Lakers!!!

Fan of The Mamba checking in...Check!! OK LET'S ROCK AND ROLL!!!

Justa,

You don't want to be referred to Imelda, she's now 80 years old and not done yet in acquiring newer shoes and political involvement. At the height of her infamous addiction to spending, she took care (guarantees) the average total sale of Ala Moana Center in HI for one day. No other shopper are allowed to enter Mall. She doesn't shop but just point at the items in her whims. In the Philippines, she was also known at that time as Madam 10%, it means that's her tax or cut in any transaction. Those sad episodes happened 30-40 years ago, and because of popularity of profligacy, it was imitated by succeeding leaders who even surpassed Imelda.

I think Justa is much better than that even at barefooted.

Lakers missing Mbenga....not really missing to the point of losing games because of his non-presence. I think they are missing Bynum's service who is supposed to be playing at this time. Pau is over worked both in offense and defense, so he is pacing himself what to stop and what not to stop. For the past few games, Lakers are bored with their opponents so they're just putting a show, a front then flick the switch by 4th Q. They were able to do that trick when they have poor subs., now it's a cruise control with the ability of the bees to do what the starters initiated. Caracter and Ratliff are so-so players at this time, so far they are helping on defense and rebounds. Pau is till used to guard those 7 footers out there. The best scenario that could have happened last summer, Luke should have opted to rest for this season while Mbenga is retained as the 14th player. PJ could use Mbenga for practices and also fill up some holes in banging other 7 footers, Ratliff and Caracter are small to do those job.

Yes Edwin, I am. Thank you!

Edwin Gueco, how are you? Yes, Yes, Yes! I think Justa is much better than that also! LMAO!!!

Today's songs are very trippy clubby shakey modern songs. I feel clubby today ;) Sometimes I gotta just shake, right? Sha-Sha---Shake along and LLL ;) Posted by: ZairaAmaterasu | November 07, 2010 at 11:05 AM
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Yes, Yes, YES!! Sometimes even a Goddess has got to shake! So I say Shake on young Goddess! Just do not combine the Shake with the Special Healing! Carry ON!! :-).

Imelda has given shoe lovers of the feminine persuasion a bad name!!!
I too have a ridiculously voluminous shoe collection Justa!!!

On another note, since I haven't managed to see a single live game this season to date, I'm scared to watch now, lest I break the streak! I promise that I'm more superstitious than I am egotistical about my influence as a spectator!


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