Lakers fine Ron for being late to practice

Fined again… I guess its a game-winner hangover.

NBA: Ron Artest had perfect timing in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals — and not so much the next day.

Artest was fined by the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday for showing up late to practice a day after his buzzer-beating layup clinched their 103-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson said it was an innocent mix-up by the forward, who showed up 30 minutes late. Artest misread the practice starting time on the locker room dry-erase board in the excitement following Thursday’s win.

“It was just one of those nights,” said Jackson, who didn’t disclose the amount of the fine. “I think he was just so excited after the game that all that processing and things that were on the board there didn’t all register.”

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