Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  13 responses

Ron Artest Not Worried About Struggles on Offense

Ron Ron tells the media in LA (which he suspects is trying to cause team friction, in the search of a good story) that his shots will eventually start falling, and says it’s all about the team (in a funny, Artestian way of course). From the Times: “Guys got better,’ he said. ‘Shannon [Brown] got much better. It’s his time to shine. Steve [Blake] is averaging more than Jordan [Farmar] last year and then Matt Barnes is probably averaging more than Luke [Walton]. So if you take all those points, those are points I probably could have had. But those are team points. When people start talking about numbers, I think realistically they’re trying to sabotage the team and they’re trying to get negative feedback from a player to be against his team. If somebody says, ‘Ron Artest is not playing as well,’ they’re trying to take away from the team. That’s how I take those questions. People are trying to cause friction.’ Artest is averaging 8.2 points a game this season, easily a career low if it continues, and shooting only 39.5% in 27.1 minutes a game. His numbers last season: 11 points and 33.8 minutes a game, 41.4% shooting … ‘The sun comes out when it’s going to come out. You can’t just force it,’ he said. ‘I could go maybe eight for 15 every game or something like that, and take away shots from other guys. I’d rather have two points and everybody else score. I’d rather win. That [championship] ring did so much more individually for me. How much more individually do I want? Ten points? What am I going to do with 10 points? Be a Hall of Fame legend? What am I going to do with 15 points? I’m going to be MVP of the NBA? Sometimes I don’t even want to go for a rebound. If I can get one more rebound and somebody else can get it, let them have it. What am I going to get, five rebounds? I’m still not going to be president with five rebounds.’”

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  • Orlando Woolridge

    I love Ron Artest. So refreshing. I would vote for him if he ran for president even if he only had 3 rebounds.

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    truer words have rarely been spoken

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    “I’m still not going to be president with five rebounds” LOVE IT!

  • T-Money

    haha. gotta love ron. but this screams ex post facto rationalization. his per36 shot attemps are exactly the same as last year. he’s just getting less minutes because matt barnes has outplayed him so far. his game has not changed.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    just me or is Ron Artest the voice of reason in pro sports today??

  • http://www.diimemag.com Royal


  • http://nba.com Reflex

    ^^^^^^^cosign orlando & cosign Artest, winning >>> stats

  • http://nba.com Reflex

    lol @ the black rick kamla

  • Josh

    Reading what he says is always fun, but damn, for a Laker fan, reading that he doesn’t want to go get rebounds sometimes makes me want to see Barnes in there a whole lot more. Won-Won is terrifying me.

  • unrel

    he came to LA to play D..

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    To spark some offensive creativity, Artest will only shoot three-pointers off of one leg from now on.

  • Roc

    Artest is in his prime, and could be averaging 20+, 8, 5, and 3 on the Raptors. But on the most stacked team in the world, the Lakers, he is there to play a role. Look at the clutch 3 he hit in the finals last year, and the plays he made in the PHX. He simply does what the team needs, he isn’t trying to fill up the stat sheets. Artest will be there when it counts

  • http://yahoo.com Eboy

    I wish this man was my father he never backs down from noone.