Interesting news here. I don’t think Artest will be a problem, but it’s good to keep positive people around him! The season can’t get here soon enough!
O.C. Register: Chuck Person was right there on Nov. 19, 2004. Person’s left arm was hooked around Artest’s neck, pulling his head down. Person had the formidable challenge of trying to control Artest while also protecting Artest’s exposed head from all the debris being hurled from the hands of angry Detroit Pistons fans.
On Wednesday afternoon, Person was again with Artest, casually rebounding the ball as Artest practiced jumpers after the Lakers’ team workout.
The Lakers have hired Person as a special assistant for training camp, and there’s an expectation he’ll stay on staff for the duration of Artest’s first season here, at least. Person was a very good NBA player who has become a very capable NBA coach, but what’s most important here is that he has a special connection with the flammable Artest.
And the Lakers would be wise to keep using that as they chart these rough waters for the first time.