Ever since the Pacers–Pistons brawl Ron Artest has step out of the limelight while continue to work his craft under the radar. He was the league’s best known defender and he built that reputation while guarding the premier all-stars on opposing teams. He was the cause on Michael Jordan’s bruised ribs during a pre-season game when Michael was still playing with the Washington Wizards team. He can guard anyone, anywhere and anytime.
Signing with the Los Angeles Lakers, Artest hopes to get a championship ring in return and the Lakers are hoping Ron could give them the toughness that they really needed. Much has been expected of Ron but in every missed layup or a missed defensive assignment fans are beginning to be critical for Ron-ron. But that didn’t deter him on his focus on winning a championship.
The Los Angeles Lakers will battle it out with the eight seeded Oklahoma City Thunders in the first round of the playoffs and Artest had a bigger task at hand, guarding the youngest scoring champion in the League, Kevin Durant. The Lakers drew first blood courtesy of the two twin towers Andrew Bynum 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 block shots and Pau Gasol’s 19 points, 13 rebounds and 3 block shots. But it was the Lakers defense that gave them the 87-79 win and Ron Artest continued his defensive dominance against an offensive dynamo. Durant who shot only 7 out of 24 shots still managed to eke out 24 points struggled most of the way having off balance shots and air balls with Artest’s pesky defense. The Lakers won the battle but the war is far from over and Artest knows that pretty well. Kevin Durant will be back again with a much improve mind set and Artest is very much ready.
People can say whatever they want against Artest but it is through Playoffs Ron-ron shines even brighter.