Los Angeles Lakers: The Ron Artest Experiment

April 30th, 2010 by Josh Hoffman Leave a reply »
His hair is ugly.

His 2010 playoff numbers are even uglier.

An 18.5-percent postseason clip from three-point land makes you wonder why the Los Angeles Lakers did not make more of a run to re-sign Trevor Ariza, who shot nearly 48 percent from downtown during last year's playoff push.

Since signing with the Lakers last summer, Ron Artest has been critiqued and questioned, doubted and dared.

First it was his ability—or lack thereof—to belong, to conform, to transform, from a disconcerted star into a composed commoner.

Then it was his Christmas night concussion. Was this the first of frequent frenzies? How would he respond? Heck, would he respond at all?

And now, with the Lakers one win away from thwarting the Oklahoma City Thunder from the playoffs after Artest posted his most productive offensive output in Game Five—14 points on 6-for-11 shooting—the critical wolves keep howling.

Is Ron Artest a faulty fit for the triangle offense?

Does he create spacing and balance problems? Why is he averaging almost 10 less points per game during this postseason than in all of hi ...

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