Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 at 11:55 am  |  30 responses

Ron Ron: “I partied hard as hell”

by Lang Whitaker | @langwhitaker

Fanhouse’s Sam Amick sits with Ron Artest and takes the pulse of his summer. Lots of good stuff here, including when Sam asks Ron Ron about his post-championship hangover…

It’s been fun — a little too much fun. I partied hard as hell. I was gone. But the good thing is that I worked out (during that time). Last year at this time I was 270-something (pounds), and this year I’m 255, 258. I’m totally focused. Like this (cranberry and vodka drink in his hand) is probably my second drink in like a month, and usually in the summertime I get (his drinking) in. I get it in every night. But I’m going to come in at about 245, 240 this year, and get back to that Defensive Player of the Year weight.

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  • http://fsdkjlf.com Jukai

    My favorite Laker!

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    I have always loved Artest. Don’t see many Lakers talking about Ariza anymore do you?

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Lakers’ fans I mean.

  • kundai

    he is definately the most entertaining laker. its like kobe entertains you with is game. and ron ron is eqaully entertaining with his big mouth. definately not a laker fan but i respect those 2.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Does this surprise anyone?

  • shaolin23

    he’s like dennis rodman without the crazy hair styles…oh wait…
    also, can we get an fots on rodman? man was a beast!

  • javy

    Thanks to him, Lakers beat the Celtics.
    Talk about making a difference in a team.
    I love how he plays like he’s crazy on the court.
    Well you came and put your face on my elbow!!!I don’t kwow what happened!! I still remember how Rondo came to meet his elbow on a personal basis.
    He was like, are you ok little man, did you touch me?
    Jajaja…I am so happy for him!!
    It shows that within his craziness, he has grown a lot!!!Congrats and make us proud beating Los Tres Amigos this year!

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Yea it was funny when a yr ago people were saying the Lakers title hopes were crushed bc of Ariza’s departure and he was gonna blossom into a star in Houston. UPDATE: Artest was a huge upgrade of Ariza and his twin was drafted by the Lakers

  • Coney Islander

    Every dynasty needs that “Dennis Rodman” type. SMH

  • Boom Dizzle

    Ron artest parties hard as hell? WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Nice to see he’s focused on becoming that great defensive stopper again. He seems to realize it’s o.k. to party some, but is focused on getting back to business.

  • http://fsdkjlf.com Jukai

    He’s gotta pick up the slack for Kobe, so he can lock down everyone and Kobe can get all the credit and make the all defensive first team again!

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    @Jukai; God forbid.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    that a baby ron ron

  • vtrobot

    must be frustrating to the athletes who work so hard and follow such strict eating/sleeping/training schedules to see others like ron ron doing so well while also f*cking off so much. imagine if all the ron rons had kobe’s/ray allens/etc.’s commitment. didn’t ron recently say that he pretty much played NBA ball drunk for a couple seasons? dude is at the opposite end. crazy individual.

  • total scrotal implosion

    Jukai at 2 14. Kobe is overrated on defense

  • Nick the Quick

    Ron Artest is good on defense but a little overrated. Ask Shane Battier — he knows defense. Break it down play by play and Ron isn’t as good as you would like to believe. He has size, strength and good insticts but there’s many other things he does not pay attention to. Not hating. I’m a Laker fan and I’m just sayin…

  • http://google c_cantrell

    true bro true

  • http://google c_cantrell

    dude do u even watch nba lol

  • unrel

    @nick… it depends on what you’re looking at on d.. he’s a great position defender with a strong base.. low, center of gravity, etc.. of course no great defender can shut down a great scorer for a whole series.. but look at what he did against durrant.. he kept KD off balance.. he did the same with the truth for a few games.. that’s great defensive positioning.. similar to the way kendrick perk is successful against d.howard

  • unrel

    good for ron-ron, though.. surprised i haven’t run into him at some clubs..

  • James

    I honestly believe we’re gonna see a major improvement in ron’s play this upcoming season. i think the championship victory gave him confidence and made him realize how much success the Lakers can have if he plays right every game

  • alex80

    HIC!!!! cheers!!

  • javy

    @ Unrel, Thank you. It seems you know about basketball. There are different types of defense: high flying defense, cutting lanes like Ariza used to do and then you have the most fundamental which is the low, strong base which is what Artest has.
    The best defender which combined all maybe not at a 100% but even like that, was MJ, which combined off the ball defense, high flying and low base.
    That’s why I admired his a*****ss.
    If you ask me which of the defenses you want for your team, I say Artest’s defense. Strong and don’t jump for faikes! Obviously that’s considering Mj is no longer in the league!.

  • T-Money

    Does Ron-Ron have a drinking problem? Serious. He’s been talking about it for a while.

  • Nick the Quick

    @Unrel I agree that Ron keeps a low base and he plays great position defense. His strength and quick strong hands really bothered KD and esp PP who is used to bullying smaller quicker defenders. But I think Ron has lapses in defense, most evident in the transition from offense to defense when his team misses a shot. He usually stands around or even worse tries to go for the steal while the other team gets into transition instead of getting back and meeting his man at the three point line. His build also makes it hard for him get around screens with ease. But he is still way better than most of the perimeter players so all this is really nitpicking. If he gets down to 245 it should be scary for opposing 2′s and 3′s now that he had Matt Barnes to spell him. (and FYI Barnes isn’t a great defender — just a less annoying, more athletic, more skilled “Machine”.

  • Ali

    Do you Ron, and just keep ya nose clean. Steer clear of the law, and when training camp starts get your focus back so we can try and get another ring…

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Kundai likes getting entertained by ROn Rons mouth??!!

  • http://SoVainMag.com SoViain

    Ron Artest is exactly what the Lakers needed and he will be a force next season. Cant wait for the season to start! Lakers

  • dsleepy

    ron artest my fav. player. hilarious :-D

    Interviewer: How does it feel to finally win your first championship?