How Ron Artest Became the Los Angeles Lakers’ First Line of Defense

March 3rd, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Los Angeles Laker forward Ron Artest has finally become comfortable in his role as defensive enforcer, and evidence of this can be found in his performances against recent opponents.

Artest has managed to hold Rudy Gay, Carmelo Anthony, Paul Pierce, and Danny Granger well beneath their scoring averages, displaying the tough, physical brand of defense he was previously known for.

Better yet, his recent tenacity and enthusiasm on defense has resulted in big steals and game-changing moments for the Lakers, who have been criticized for their lack of focus on the defensive end.

Laker fans have been patiently waiting for Artest to resemble the player who came to be feared throughout the NBA, and it seems, finally, their patience is being rewarded, as his play has added another element to the team.

Previously Artest had garnered mixed results as he struggled to assimilate to the Laker scheme and the nuances and quirks of the triangle offense.

He had moments of brilliance, but they were frequently followed by moments of perplexing decision-making and the inability to show good judgement in his shot selection.

It was ...

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