Ron Artest is awesome. Check out what he told Lamar…
N.Y. Daily News: Now that he’s a Laker, Queensbridge product Ron Artest is lobbying for the defending NBA champs.
The former St. John’s star says he has reached out to fellow Queens star Lamar Odom, who has yet to re-sign with L.A. and turned down a four-year, $36 million offer. And Artest thinks their home-borough connection will do the trick.
“I hope that helps,” said Artest, who drew a crowd as he made an impromptu appearance with the Queensbridge team in the Hoops in the Sun tournament at Orchard Beach in the Bronx Saturday. “I hope he comes back to play with us. I already reached out to him and will (again).”
Artest’s remarks came on the heels of Heat superstar Dwyane Wade telling The Associated Press earlier in the week that he wants Odom “back home (in Miami).” Odom and Wade were Heat teammates in 2003-04.
Artest also told the Daily News that before he inked his five-year, $33 million deal with the Lakers earlier this month, he gave heavy consideration to signing with LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“It was close (to happening), but the Lakers showed more interest,” Artest said. “They’re my boys (James and O’Neal), though. Shaq is still my boy. I’m looking forward to playing with Kobe and going after a championship.”