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Lakers Q&A: Ron Artest answers fan questions about his biceps and the triangle [Video]

Ron Artest of the Lakers answering your questions from Facebook After a while, the Lakers can get tired of answering questions from reporters. The endless probing on the state of the team, state of their own performance and anything else that we come up with on a day-to-day basis can strike a nerve sometimes, especially when the team isn't playing well.

The idea, of course, is that we're asking questions that most sports fans want to know. But in this segment, we're cutting out the filter. The Times' Facebook page asked readers to list questions for me to ask Lakers forward Ron Artest. Ron Ron did his part too, sending out an alert via Twitter.

Following Thursday's practice, Artest was willing to address a wide range of topics. He offered fun answers to offbeat questions, such as why he's reluctant to appear on "Dancing With the Stars" and how long he's been kissing his biceps. He also graciously tackled direct questions, such as what he learned from the Malice at the Palace in 2004 and his comfort level fitting in with the Lakers during his second season.

An excerpt and the first part of the interview can be found after the jump, which includes questions from some of the Laker fans who asked questions on Facebook.


A small excerpt from the video above:

Lakers Blog: John Sexton ... was wondering if you have always had [a lot] of respect for Kobe before you played for the Lakers, and how has that changed since joining the team?

Artest: I've always had that respect for Kobe because he was really, really intelligent. A really, really intelligent player. And anyone that intelligent -- I don't really look at how athletic they are, that's easy to defeat. But his mind is real strong.

Q: You say you don't look at how athletic they are. What do you look at?

A: How are they going to compete at the end of the game. Who's going to make the shots, who's going to make the right play, who's going to continue to play hard. And who's going to back down when they're going up against Ron Artest. Kobe never backed down. And that's one guy.... A lot of people back down. Kobe never, ever backed down when I played against him.

Q: Luis Flores was wondering if you feel comfortable in the triangle offense or if you need more practice with that?

A: The triangle is just a word, man. Basketball is basketball at the end of the day, and I always pride myself in being an intelligent player. So once Coach put me in the position and told me what to do, at the end of the day it's always going to come down to basic basketball. So it's not about feeling comfortable. I am a defensive player, so offense I don't really care about. But people know I can score. So people are like, "Ron, when are you going to score 20? When are you going to average this? When are you going to do that?" I don't really care about that; if it happens, it happens.

-- Mark Medina

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you wrote: MM just said that you post under multiple handles

my response: actually you got that wrong. MM said that "regular
season police" posts under multiple handles.

psp *appears* to be a different poster and I believe that "regular
season police" validated that thought with his own words.


@MM the party pooper.. Way to ruin our weekend with this moderating.. Booooooo!! And that was not cool warning PSP last night.. Not cool dude

@Lakertruth.. I'm pretty sure caveman starting 2nite... Deandre still recoverin from pnemonia I think.. But EG back too and not looking forward to mo mo and dfish.

And i have a confession to make.. I announce with much regret n shame I just bought that 700 pg basketball bible by simmons.. But very interesting n fun read so far... My next read will be jerry wests biography by lazenby? Can't believe I still haven't read about the man responsible for our last 3 dynasties magic kareem shaq and kobe!! My apologies to the greatest mind in the history of lakernation!

@LUIS… Welcome to the blog. Always good to have another long-time fan posting.
@MM… You are moving at playoff speed already. If I wasn’t home on PTO, I could never keep up. Not only is this team built for the playoffs, they’re also perfect for Hollywood and the media. The Lakers Blog gig sure is better than the Clippers or Raptors Blog gig. Just a little bit slower Mark. A thousand threads a day with monitoring is like turning off the lights at a party.


I'm about 450 pages into Bill Simmons' 759 page monster of a book. Take away his Celtics' bias and his Lakers' hatred and I think you will find yourself agreeing with him a vast majority of the time. And you will laugh your ass off!

I've read a lot of books since August on NBA/ABA history. May I suggest reading them in this order (for those you might not have read):

1) FreeDarko Press's: Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History
2) Lazenby's Jerry West book
3) Loose Balls, the Short and Wild Life of the American Basketball Association, by Terry Pluto
4) The Breaks of the Game, by David Halberstam (the best of the lot)
5) Laker Girl, by Jeanie Buss (just to bring things current and relevant!)

I did not put them in order of which book I enjoyed more than the next, but in the order which I think things get tied together the best as far as NBA history is concerned.

Happy reading!

Everytime Pau gets denied in the post or
gets his shot contested he should tell them
that they're taking money away from Japan

Oops part of the message didn't go through. That was a quote from LAL32 on SS&R. (Pau's going to donate $1K for every point he makes tonite, and I think Magic's going to match him.)

Hi everyone im new here and I've been a laker fan for 20yrs

Posted by: luis | March 25, 2011 at 04:24 PM


Yep! Boston loss tonight and Chicago has a tight game vs. Memphis. If Chicago loses and The Lakers win tonight, then they will have the 2nd best record in the league! I'm telling you right now: they will be pumped, ready and primed for the remainder of the season. They will not want to relinquish that spot in order to preserve HCA in The Finals.

"Everything about the Lakers is geared toward winning playoff games. It's what they do." J.A. Adande

"Even when we didn’t make the playoffs, I thought we'd win the championship." Dr. Buss

Go Lakers & In Buss We Trust!!


PJ's "Sacred Hoops" ..... the word "paradigm" mesmerized me......

the book about the ABA "Loose Balls".......


Oops on "Loose Balls"! That was a GREAT book! I loved the ABA when I was a kid. I actually went to a NJ Americans game at the Teaneck Armory. I remembered about 80% of the names of the players in that book and it brought back fond memories and gave me many laughs.

As big a PJ fan as I am, I haven't read his books. Maybe it's because one of them documents his Bulls years and the other one trashes Kobe. But yes, they are on my list. Bill Simmons keeps referring to a book called "Tall Tales" which I want to read, too.

Chowds lose at home to Charlotte WITHOUT Captain Jack.


Thx for the recommendations.. Might take me a while to get past simmons though. Still on pg 60 so got another 640 to go! My must read for nba fans is tim donaghys "personal foul"



Thx for the recommendations.. Might take me a while to get past simmons though. Still on pg 60 so got another 640 to go! My must read for nba fans is tim donaghys "personal foul"

Posted by: yellofever | March 25, 2011 at 07:52 PM

My pleasure. If I was going to do it all over again, I would have read Simmons' book first anyway. The one that really surprised me in terms of writing, style, uniqueness and otherwise was the book by FreeDarko press. Check out (yes, it does have something to do with Darko Milicic, I just don't remember what).

This was a good interview. Its interesting to get our warrior Ron's insight. We can see what he does, but its very interesting to understand how he thinks about the game.

Ron is a truly amazing player: the effect he has on defending the best players in the world is compelling to watch. Thanks Ron!

Nice job...MM. You are a good and personable interviewer. You just might have a future in this business. LOL!



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