Ron Artest plays pickup basketball at UCLA
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--The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn observed Ron Artest play in a recent pickup game at UCLA.
--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Artest couldn't legally change his name yet to Metta World Peace. Turner also takes a look at the various public figures who have changed their names.
--Ball Don't Lie's Kelly Dwyer is willing to wait for World Peace to come Sept. 16.
--ESPN The Magazine's Chris Palmer reports that Matt Barnes was one of several NBA players to compete in pickup basketball at Venice Beach this weekend.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky talk with TrueHoop's Henry Abbott about Kobe Bryant's career. Don't get upset, Laker fans. Abbott admires Bryant's work ethic too.
--Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe expresses amusement over Artest trying to change his jersey number.
--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller details Jordan Farmar's warm reception by joining Maccabi Tel Aviv.
--Fox Sports' A.J. Perez argues the various summer-league exhibition games serve as nothing more than a tease.
--The Memphis Commercial Appeal's Jason Smith notes that Luke Walton was heavily involved in the Tigers' recent practice.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano breaks down how the Lakers operated last season in the post.
Tweet of the Day: "Best part of Ron Artest name change is chance we'll hear "Matt Barnes checks in for the Lakers...Peace out." -- jaadande (ESPN.com's J.A. Adande)
Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day:
"Agreed 1000%. That's what makes Kobe Bryant so very very special. Dude will play through nearly any injury, works constantly at the game, does not let little bs get in his way, and has phenomenal confidence. I admire his work ethic greatly." -- Jennifer King Schlickbernd
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Photo: Lakers forward Ron Artest takes the court before a game against the San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center last spring. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / April 12, 2011)