Does Alcohol Affect Ron’s Play?

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Ron Artest may have found a cure to his sometimes erratic play.

Abstaining from Alcohol.

According to Artest, it was a key to losing weight, and becoming a defensive force in the 2010 playoffs. As he helped the Lakers win the 2010 championship.

Back in 2009, a December issue of Sporting News magazine came out. In an interview with Artest, he discussed how he used to drink alcohol when he was with the Chicago Bulls:

“I used to drink Hennessy … at halftime,” Artest said in the 2009 interview, “I [kept it] in my locker. I’d just walk to the liquor store and get it.”

Ron pledged that starting this season he would abstain from alcohol. He claimed that he couldn’t stomach liquor anymore, and vowed to stop drinking at the end of July, prior to the start of the 2010-11 season.

It wasn’t so much his weight, and mobility, as it was his focus in the early going of the season. Struggling more times then not, on both ends of the floor.

However, since the all-star break he has turned a corner. Artest looks much more comfortable on offense, and is locked in defensively. All that being said, Ron-Ron tweeted this on Sunday morning:

The key To hard work for me is no alcohol. Floyd Mayweather can party hard , have fun and not drink!! My body and mind has been good since!!

It’s not certain if Artest has had any alcohol since July.

Since the break, he is averaging 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals per game.

David Brickley is a columnist for LakerNation.com and the host of Voice of the Nation, the most listened to Lakers podcast on the web. Find him on Twitter.
  • Ron

    Does coming up with Stupid Questions for this Site Enhance Your Career? Probably Not Brickley.

  • K.O.

    I LOVE ALCOHOL

  • Guildtank

    so when he was playing badly, he was drunk on the court?

  • lakerman1

    Must be another slow day at the office to come up with this tripe. Anything to draw attention i guess.

  • lakerman1

    When you are a Celeb of any nature, you are a target for cheap shots and a constant reminder by todays sick society to never let you forget or anyone for that matter any wrong doing you may have ever committed in your lifetime. Thats all this post reminds me of. The best thing to do is never give the Media any fodder to spread that is what they thrive on. Ron seems to be trying to stay on the straight and narrow, i will at least give him credit for that.

  • lakerville213

    can someone please explain why ron artest cannot jump for s hit? his feet barely come off the floor when he runs let alone when he attempts to dunk on fastbreaks(which i commend him for since he’s been a defensive monster of late). but this seems to be a problem for him.

    can you explain it d brick?

    • LakerMarc

      he’s a big dude and aside from the size and muscle his shape doesnt include having great agility and vertical aerial physicality…..obviously.