Photo caption contest: Ron Artest kisses his biceps
Any time Lakers forward Ron Artest runs a fast break one of three things usually happen.
He either over-dribbles and commits a turnover, he runs like a bull in a china shop and earns an offensive foul, or he misses a layup in ugly fashion. Rarely does Artest dunk, a point he conceded earlier in the season when he said, "I don't jump that high."
He had just enough hops in the Lakers' 139-137 triple-overtime victory Tuesday over the Phoenix Suns, however. When he stole the ball from Suns guard Steve Nash in the third overtime, Artest drove for a fast break and finished with a one-handed dunk, giving the Lakers a 135-132 lead with 1:53 remaining and leaving the 18,997 fans at Staples Center in hysterics.
Artest wasn't done entertaining the crowd. He then stopped and posed, flexing his muscles and kissing his biceps. He shrugged off the theatrics afterward, declaring he was really comfortable basking in the spotlight because he knew what the outcome would entail. "I knew it was going to happen, so half the time I was just on roller skates," he said.
It turns out the antics may earn him a wrestling nickname from Lakers forward Lamar Odom.
"He understands the stage we play on," Odom said of Artest. "He's going to make a great wrestler. He's got the antics and he knows what's going on. He'll hit a guy with a chair. Ron will be one of the best wrestlers ever. His interviews are great and that's what it takes to be one of the champions in wrestling right now. You have to have one of the best interviews."
So here's a two-part contest. What should Artest's wrestling name be and what would be your caption to this photo? On a related note, I will be talking to Artest soon and I will ask him 10 of the best fan-submitted questions. In addition, I'll also forward him the list of wrestling name ideas and photo captions and he'll pick the best one. Feel free to leave questions on the comment threads below or at The Times' Lakers Facebook page.
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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest puckers up after his rare dunk Tuesday night. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times