The baller formerly known as Ron Artest continues to make headlines. That is never going to change. Whether it’s a name change or a comedy tour Ron Ron is constantly finding ways to remain relevant.
Bill Plaschke took in Ron’s comedic debut and penned a piece in today’s times where he questioned the commitment of basketball’s most unique personality. As usual Plaschke’s article is well written and very insightful, definitely a must-read for all Laker fans.
Of all the things Ron had to say the most interesting was his take on why Brian Shaw didn’t inherit Phil Jackson’s throne.
“I feel like, as a unit, we didn’t do what it takes to keep Brian Shaw, and that’s real disappointing. You can’t forget where you’re from. You can’t forget what you’ve been through. You can’t forget who helped you win a ring, who was there for you when you were frustrated or stressed out, and I’ve got to give credit to Brian Shaw for all of that.”
I’m sure Artest speaks for many of his teammates whose silence on the Mike Brown hiring has been deafening. However Ron’s disappointment in Shaw’s departure doesn’t have anything to do with how he feels about Brown.
“This doesn’t mean I won’t love Mike Brown. But for the next couple of months, I’m going to be disappointed about Brian Shaw.”
As this awkward offseason progresses I’m sure we’ll revisit the Brian Shaw issue a few times. One thing is for sure so long as Ron Artest is around we won’t be hurting for things to talk about.