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Oh sure, NOW Ron Artest is being disruptive

RedsArmyAdmin February 2, 2011 Uncategorized 22 Comments

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Via ESPN

The Lakers have been so uncharacteristically public about the potential benefits of an injection of new blood because they know, with a league-high $90.4 million payroll and such limited trade assets, that threatening this locker room with a shakeup move is a far simpler gamble to execute than shaking things up with an actual deal before the Feb. 24 trading deadline. 

However … 

I'm told that there's at least one prominent Laker who hopes he's the guy who gets shipped out in the next 20-odd days. 

One source close to the situation insists that Ron Artest wants out.

Asked to react to that, Artest's agent David Bauman declined comment. 

This is where I'm obligated to remind you that no one in the NBA can change his mind faster than the famously fickle Ron-Ron. Another pertinent disclaimer: Artest's play has been sufficiently sluggish in the second season of a five-year deal that whatever he wants is bound to be greeted by shrugs and scoffs, no matter how much he gave the Lakers in the epic final game of last season.

I've nonetheless been assured this week that Artest — though he hasn't outright demanded a trade and is likely to publicly deny it — is serious about wanting to be dealt somewhere "he can have fun again" less than a year removed from the pivotal role he played in that ring-clinching Game 7 with Boston that the Lakers so nearly squandered.

Yeah Ron… NOW you wanna start making a stink and disrupting the Lakers?  You're a little late on that, buddy. 

Ron just turned 31 and he's under contract for three more seasons past this one.  He's making $6.3 million this season and he'll make $7.7 in the last year of his contract.  Meanwhile, any team that gets him will get a guy averaging 8 points and 3 rebounds per game.

So who'll take Ron?  That's a great question.  Who wants this guy through 2013/14?  Contenders will be skeptical of taking on his attitude.  Rebuilding teams will be weary of taking on all those years.  And after it all, what kind of player will the Lakers get in return?  This may well be bit of addition by subtraction by the Lakers, but it will probably not be the magical trade Lakers fans are looking for.

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  • greenbeand

    laker trolls, hello..

  • mikesindadillyo@aim.com

    To me the Lakers are this year what we were last year. Struggling to find a challenge through the doldrums of the regular season. They’re lazy at times at home. I find it amazing how much of a boner the media has for the Lakers though. All we heard last year was the occasional story about how we were washed up non contenders. But I think L.A. will be fine. Hopefully they can get to the finals, so that they can pay for their laziness. Just like we did.

  • Cheesesteak Factory

    Chris Wallace thinks Artest has his head together.

  • javagoogle

    If Crazyburger is looking for somewhere ‘more fun’,
    maybe he can be the new mascot for Chuck E Cheese.
    Would’nt take kids there, but I’d def go see that shit.

  • Doop

    Ditto.

  • Lee in Oregon

    Ron apparently doesn’t big chief philly trashing him through the media. Laker’s are melting down and the foundation is cracking. Very different from the C’s last year. Yes the laker’s are bored with some lesser teams on occasion, but thier problems go way beyond that….they cant get up for ANY of the elite teams. And did you see them against Houston last night? Absolutely no defense by the lakers, it was laughable and they were lucky to squeak out the win in OT. Pau Gasol was getting pushed around by guys smaller than Big Baby, and Steve Blake was out there in the crunch while crazy Ron sat on the bench. Trouble in paradise and ron wants off the sinking ship..

  • Nick

    I think Paul Pierce raining down Bird shit on his head all day Sunday couldn’t of helped RON-RON physchologically. This guy is supposed to be there big defensive presence and Pierce just keeps undressing him. OUCH

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redsarmy Red’s Army

    There is one huge difference between this year’s Lakers and last year’s Celtics. The Lakers still have mr. Take-it-over-at-all-costs Kobe Bryant. They’re not built the same way.
    So while I don’t disagree with the notion, I think they’ll have a more difficult time pulling out of it.

  • riddle me this

    riddle me this: ray allen you say? Ray Mangini is more like it. Good luck deciphering that one. Who is Ray Mangini and why do i refer to ray allen as ray mangini. hmmmmmm

  • KY Celts fan

    Ray Mangini is an anagram for “imaginary” as we learned from The Simpsons. Voiced by Ray Romano.
    So if you’re saying that Ray Allen is imaginary and eventually will disappear, well than you’re a fool and not clever. Damn Faker trolls.

  • LakerNICK

    Like last years playoffs? Wait didnt the Lakers end up winning? i forgot…

  • CelticsSuck4Ever

    Where is my sandwich?

  • CelticsSuck4Ever

    Boston weather 23F with light freezing rain while LA weather is 63F and sunny. Where would you rather be?

  • shelmidine@frontiernet.net

    Celt suc 4 ever
    Perhaps but the snow will melt and things will still be here………..when the next 8.0 quake hits LA ………..hope your under the biggest pile of s-h-i-t with a bunch of other a-ss wipe laker trolls

  • jared

    At least I can breath in Boston.
    LA is a city wreathed in cancer causing smog, filled with the worst types of hucksters and charlatans masquerading as artists, where the obscenely rich have no problem spitting on the homeless man as they step over him on thier way to their next bullshit Hollywood gala event. Everyones an agent, Everyones a movie star, everyones gonna “make it big”.
    Ive been to LA. When we call you “fakers”, some of us mean it from the bottom of our hearts.

  • ray mangini

    hahahahahaha thats fucking awesome!!!! ne fan of the simpsons is a friend of mine

  • KY Celts fan

    I used to live in LA. Looking out my office window, everyday around 4 o’clock a brown fog would form around La Brea and stretch to Century City. And that’s just what I could see in my view. Such a rotten city.

  • Andrew

    You’re pathetic. Now you’re bringing up the weather LOLOLOL. How does getting your asses whooped by the Kings and the Celtics felt? Oh, by the way, we just destroyed the Kings. Bet that made you cry too.

  • Nick

    dude thats an epic post right there. I swear on my grandmothers life that I feel we’re all a little better from reading that post. FUCK L.A bunch of cock-sucking faggots they cant even support the NFL!

  • Jammer

    P & J

  • celticsfan

    im a celtics fan.. but im sorry you shouldnt ever wish an 8.0 quake on L.a. first off because of how much worse the economy would get, and then on top of it, why would you wish death to that many innocent people.. its something horrible to wish upon someone

  • Champ

    Not Smoggy here. Sorry.
    Warm, sunny and the waves are a clean 3-5 foot and peeling!
    LAKERS ARE THE WORLD CHAMPS!!!!
    Sorry, all you bitter Sully McMurphyOHallihans.
    Living where you do, I understand the extreme bitterness and frustration.