Ron Artest Wants Lakers to Finish 18-0

Ron-Ron has his eyes set on a rather large winning streak, as ESPN reports: “At the beginning of the season nobody had a chance and then we gave everybody a chance,’ Artest said. Having survived the three-game lull with two wins against Toronto and Phoenix, Artest wants the Lakers to do some streaking of their own. ‘We just want to win every game and hopefully just win out,’ Artest said. ‘That would be the main goal, just not to lose anymore.’ Wouldn’t that be something? Eighteen straight wins to end the season would be just like the last Lakers team to accomplish a championship repeat. The 2000-01 squad won its last eight games of the regular season and started the postseason on an additional 11-0 spurt to extend its winning streak in the time when winning really matters to 19 games. Lakers coach Phil Jackson didn’t echo Artest’s stated goal of an unblemished end to the regular season, but he did say, like Artest’s idol Michael Jackson, the team wants to be starting something.”