Ron Artest's reality television show features him rehabilitating ex-convicts
Follow Ron Artest with a video camera anytime and something funny is bound to happen.
So it wasn't a matter of if, but when he would get a reality television show. There had been a few false starts, such as during the 2009-2010 season and last summer, but Artest confirmed Monday via Twitter that he'll be the star of an upcoming show.
"Check out my new reality helping ex cons and paroles rehabilitate and get a second shot at life," Artest tweeted.
In other words, this isn't going to exactly be a sequel to "Khloe & Lamar," which featured such substantive subjects as Odom arguing with his better half over being overprotective or Khloe battling self-esteem issues. Instead, Artest's upcoming show seems to be an extension of his mental-health advocacy, which earned him the 2010-2011 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award. It wouldn't be a stretch to believe Plaxico Burress might make an appearance. Anything can happen in Ron's World.
But here are a few examples why keeping a trusty handheld usually pays off with Artest.
While with the Houston Rockets, Artest was ejected in Game 2 of the 2009 Western Conference semifinals for jawing at Kobe Bryant after some physical play, but he considered the incident minor since he actually witnessed an on-court murder in his hometown of Queensbridge: "It was so competitive, they broke a leg from a table and they threw it. It went right through his heart and he died right on the court." Nothing he said after his Game 7 performance in the 2010 NBA Finals made much sense: "When we won, I didn't know we won. I honestly didn't know we won. I cried earlier before the game. How stupid is that? How do you cry at 10 o'clock and then when you win you don't cry. Dad, you raised a dumb child." And when Artest was repeatedly asked about Amare Stoudemire and Kendrick Perkins raising the never-ending contention that Pau Gasol is soft, Artest simply asked me to repeat the question so he could flex his muscles in front of the camera.
It's not exactly a novel concept for Artest to appear on a reality show. He was supposed to have his own show on E! in the 2009-10 season before scrapping the plans over concerns that it would be distracting. But in the midst of what might be a long offseason with a possible work stoppage and whatnot, these circumstances are different.
"everyone assumes cause I do other things Im not focused on bball?" Artest tweeted. "I work out 2 hours everyday. Dont u do other things when u leave work?"
There's always so much Artest material and not enough space to fill it, meaning it might be a good idea for Artest to have two separate shows. Oh, wait. He will.
"I have my show called "The Last Second Shot," Kimesha Artest will have her own show on being a mom n wife To crazy ... Me," Artest said on Twitter. "Separate shows!!!"
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest flexes after scoring against Hornets point guard Chris Paul in Game 6 on Thursday night. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / April 28, 2011