During an NBA lockout, Ron Artest is a journalist’s dream. If Artest wasn’t a member of the purple and gold, half of this offseason’s Laker news content would most likely be lost.
This summer Artest has filled with a name change, launched a comedy tour, and reports had him possibly playing somewhere in Europe this fall.
Reports now come via TMZ that Artest and his wife quietly divorced back in 2009:
We found out Ron quietly got divorced from Kimsha [Artest] on June 30, 2009. The couple shares joint custody of their 3 kids and their relationship is extremely amicable — we’re told they get along better than when they were married.
For a man who talks and tweets with the regularity of Artest, it’s fascinating that in his two years with the Lakers, his marriage never once became the topic of conversation. As for Artest’s ex-wife Kimsha, she will be one of the cast members of this fall’s Basketball Wives LA, alongside Gloria Govan, fiancée of Laker teammate Matt Barnes.