UPDATE: Ron Artest’s agent has denied reports that Ron Artest is going to play in Finland. Courtesy Mark Medina and the LA Times.
Days before we will find out whether or not the NBA will indeed begin a lockout, reports are saying that the ever-enigmatic Ron “Metta World Peace” Artest will be playing in Finland this fall for the LoKoKo Loimaa, via BallinEurope
Finland’s top league Korisliiga will witness some serious NBA talent in September 2011, when Los Angeles Lakers forward/multipersonality Ron Artest will join league newcomer LoKoKo Loimaa.
The 31-year old Artest has three years left in his Lakers contract, but that doesn’t seem to bother LoKoKo sports director Aleksi Valavuori, who backs up the rumor in Tuesday’s Ilta-Sanomat newspaper.
“We have sorted things out and I can happily confirm that Artest will arrive in Finland,” Valavuori states in the Ilta-Sanomat interview.
With an NBA lockout very likely, Artest would not be limited to his contract with the Lakers, where he has three years remaining on his deal.
Finland has seen its fair share of defensive talent from the NBA in the last few years, with Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippin both playing games for the league in 2005 and 2008, respectively.