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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.

  • stunna2007

    why dont cuban go choke on something…he has to realize that the mavs will never win a title…they are a regular season team….smh

    • MalibuGary

      Cuban is a pompous arse. As hard as he tries, he realizes that his Mavs will always be a second tier team in the NBA. With his ego, that’s hard to take and it’s why he will always be a schmuck.

      • MalibuGary

        Mark Cuban reminds me of the spoiled, obnoxious little rich kid who has all his toys (the Mavs) but since he is an uncoordinated putz he will always be second best.

  • Drew

    He’s learning from Phil

  • fido

    Because Mark Cuban knows so much about winning / championship basketball skills, coaching and play. mark, please just go be rich and quiet in Dallas. leave the winning to the professionals, thanks.

    • Darlene

      Exactly!!

  • Darlene

    HATER!!! Ron comes through when needed! Which is all that matters!

  • http://Twitter.com/GO24Seven Gilbert

    Well I hope we meet Dallas in the second round. The Lakers have not faced the Mavs in the playoffs in any of the Lakers 5 Championship runs. I just wanna see Mark Cuban’s face, when Kobe takes his wack ass team out in 5. that is all.

    • V

      Marky Mark will again find an excuse when the Lakers take them out. Dude is a complete moron (Cuban – not Artest). Lock them in a room & see who comes out… ALIVE!!

  • John

    Cuban is a bone head,guess he thinks hes gettin in Rons head, and the only way he can get any Press is by talking smack.

  • Fuk The Haters

    He obviously bought the refs Ice cream before the Clipper game last night. Horrible calls changed the whole momentum of the game and got Mo kicked out or they would have lost to the Clips. Fuk Cuban!
    Mavs will choke in the second round if Portland dosent beat them in the first.

  • Ron Artest

    I’m going to deliver a FACIAL to Dirk and Invite Cuban to my Bicep Celebration. Watch me do that tonight!

    • Steve s

      Ron, Don’t get aught up in that shit! Play your game and do what you do. That will be enough to get your message across to perennial runner-up Cuban! Keep your head and don’t fall into any “traps” designed to make you come off your game! Steve La Salle ’74

  • Kyle

    I Mark, here is soemthing for ya! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2LZyQl6IsQ

    Ron has something none of your players ever will…a RING!

  • V

    Oh – and just for the record… How many players on the Mavericks team have championship rings & titles to show for…?! And yes – that includes Mark Cuban…

  • the lakers rock!!!!!!

    what makes him believe that the mavs are good enough to pull that up….idiot

  • rondo

    Who is Cuban?

  • Debbie

    I bet he wished he had kept his big mouth shut, because the Lakers and Ron sent their buts paking.

  • LakerMarc

    FAT FUCK

  • Drunk Ron Ron

    Ron Artest admits to drinking during games while with Bulls
    December 2, 2009
    The Sporting News reports: Ron Artest says he drank alcohol during games as a member of the Bulls, in part because the team lost so frequently.

    “I used to drink Hennessy … at halftime,” said Artest, who played with the Bulls from 1999-2002 and now is with the Lakers. “I (kept it) in my locker. I’d just walk to the liquor store (near the stadium) and get it.”

  • Smack

    Hahahaha they killed the lakers and now just won a championship…oh and they beat the Heat something lakers couldn’t do all season…lakers suck keep it moving