Mark Cuban wasn’t sold on Ron Artest joining the Lakers before. Cuban also watched the Lakers, with Ron playing a key role in their game 7 victory over the Boston Celtics in last year’s Finals, hoist up the championship trophy last season.
It seems Cuban believes he’s solved a way to beat the Lakers. Cuban believes Ron is lost on the offensive end and actually wants the Lakers to make Ron make decisions:
“Anything that puts the ball in Ron Artest’s hands is always a good thing,” Cuban said. “And you can tell him that I’ll even take him out for ice cream. Of all the choices you have on that team, you want Ron Artest making the decisions in the triangle.’’
Ron’s play as of lately has been key, much like Andrew Bynum, in their recent surge towards the post-season. In the biggest game of the season, with potential playoff seeding on the line, it seems Cuban is trying to play mind-games with Ron. Despite Ron’s heroics in game 7, it seems Cuban still isn’t sold on Artest… yet.