Lakers Examiner: The evidence is clear.
With Kobe Bryant guarding Joe Johnson at in the first quarter of last night’s win over the Atlanta Haws, Johnson was 7-8 from the field with 18 points. In the second quarter, Ron Artest switched onto the Hawks star for the rest of the game and Johnson finished with 27 points on 8-17 shooting, with many of his points coming against the reserve unit.
Was some of it that Johnson had to rest and it made him cool off? Sure. But there was no doubt that Johnson was frustrated by Artest’s physicality.
Ron’s physique is something that was widely discussed coming into the season. Some felt he had put on weight, and that he could no longer play defense against smaller, quicker guards. After last night’s game, however, Ron set us all straight:
People say I was a little slower this year, but I actually feel more athletic. I’m faster this year, so it’s going to be even tougher for a lot of players…
I’m weighing more, about two or three pounds more, and more muscle, and I’m actually quicker. So it’s going to be tougher for guys.
According to Ron, he weighs himself everyday and is currently at 265.