Ron Artest’s Crazy Play Lifts Lakers

May 28th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
The L.A. Lakers clinched a pivotal contest in the 2010 Western Conference Finals because Kobe Bryant airballed his potential game winning three-point try.

No one predicted Game Five would end this way. The words “Bryant” and “airball” go together like onions and turtle cheesecake.

Yet, Ron Artest—Hollywood’s eager, long awaited, near-$6 million hero—was there to snag the rebound, salvage the game, and nudge the Lakers one win closer to the franchise’s 31st NBA Finals.

Ron Ron—yes, the nut job extraordinaire who moments earlier had sent his coach to the crazy house with a what-the-hell-were-you-thinking pair of long jumpers—came up in the clutch.

When he gathered Bryant’s miss and tapped the ball back through the net just before the regulation buzzer, he fended off more than Jason Richardson and the resourceful Phoenix Suns. Richardson failed to box out the player whose ill-advised heaves less than a minute prior had allowed him to knot the score with a desperation triple.

The Phoenix guard went glass for a tie. Artest cleaned it for a win. As the round ball ...

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