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Ron Artest, Matt Barnes and Shannon Brown appear in 'Purp & Yellow' music video

With Matt Barnes set to practice Monday after having surgery on his right knee nearly six weeks ago, the Lakers now have an appropriate video tribute for Barnes' expected return to the court in mid-March.

With Ron Artest entering the latter stretch of the Lakers' season following the All-Star break with both inconsistent offensive and defensive performances, the Lakers now have an appropriate video tribute to possibly spur Artest to finish with better results.

And with Shannon Brown also going through inconsistent shooting, the Lakers now have a video tribute to help Brown shake his funk.

In other words, don't be surprised if Staples Center plays the 'Purp & Yellow' music video (featuring the Game, Snoop Dogg, Artest, Barnes and Brown) in between Kiss Cam and Laker girl segments. Members of the easily offended, Recording Industry Assn. of America or critics of rap music shouldn't click it. But those who appreciate Snoop Dogg's ode to the Lakers' three-peat chances and enjoy seeing Artest, Barnes and Brown dance on set should click away. If nothing else, this at least opens up comparisons to when Kobe Bryant collaborated with Tyra Banks back in the day.

For those seeing these appearances are nothing more than an unnecessary distraction that will just continue to rattle the Lakers' focus, leave it up to Snoop to explain why Laker fans shouldn't worry about the team's three-peat chances.

"They're the best team in basketball," he said. "They know when to turn it on. It's all about timing. You have to know when to turn it on. A lot of teams will be winning when it don't matter. It don't matter in March and April. It matters in June. When you get to June and you got 16 games to get to the pinnacle, that's when it matters. Can you knock those last 16 games down? The games don't matter to me with the flashing and dashing and what not. If you ain't around in June, you did nothin'."

-- Mark Medina

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Nice video apperarance with snoop dogg and the game,but seriously the way Ron Ron and shannon's been playing lately would much rather see those guys making an appearance in the gym working on their game, instead of making a video with the game
Let your play on the court be more productive first.Those guys are playing like their still on the championship parade float. Well time to focus on getting some wins so by the time playoff reaches your ready to go..

Go Laker!

Snoop and the Game...that's bangin! Before everyone get all bent out of shape...that video was shot quite some time ago!

Snoop Dogg-"They're the best team in basketball. They know when to turn it on. It's all about timing. You have to know when to turn it on"

Snoop Dogg-"The games don't matter to me with the flashing and dashing and what not. If you ain't around in June, you did nothin'."

I like how he thinks.

Artest doesn't need to be making any type of video right now. He cannot multi task and that is one of the reasons his head is not into the game. He needs to start focusing and lets do 25 - 0 (wins) for the remainder of the season and then get 16 wins in the playoffs to repeat as champs.....

Magic # is 16 in the playoffs. I think they can do it.

Go LA.

As LRob said, This video was shot a while ago.

I think Snoop's argument is hilarious because when he says it, it sounds like he's just saying whatever comes to mind. But the logic behind his argument is actually pretty well sound

Well yeah he's right but we as Laker fans as should worry after bad stretches, as much as it proves the Lakers mailed those in. The games do not matter, I will take a step further and say if they are at 80% and healthy they can take on teams in the 2nd round even if they don't have home court. At the same time, we take games too seriously at times. Mitch Kupchak is not going to make heads roll unless the season is on the line, and right now the Lakers proved they don't need to care and save their legs for when it matters. We have to worry more about their chemistry kicking in the last month and half not now, as horrible as the Cavs game was. That being said we can't be myopic and accept the reality that trading for another role player before the deadline would be optimal going down the stretch, because we know our main guys will be ready in crunch time.



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