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Ron Artest is no stranger to missing time during the regular season. In fact, the emotionally embattled Lakers forward just completed his only season of his career in which he had played in all 82 games.

Through suspensions and injuries, Ron Artest has missed, on average, 18 games per year during his 12-year NBA career. This makes it all the more interesting that Artest expects to play 82 games next year, despite speculation that there may be a lockout. In a report from ESPN L.A.‘s Arash Markazi, Artest says:

“I don’t think there’s going to be a long lockout,” Artest said Sunday night. “I don’t think we’re going to miss any games. I think there’s going to be some negotiations but I see us playing in October. I think [NBA commissioner] Mr. [David] Stern and [NBA Players Association director] Mr. [Billy] Hunter will resolve it. I think they’re going to learn from the NFL lockout. America isn’t America without sports. You wouldn’t want to be the guy who messed up sports.”

Artest has a full schedule again this summer, as he will be hosting the “Ron Artest Ultimate Comedy Tour” with stops in New York and Los Angeles. The multi-faceted defensive stopper for the Lakers spent last offseason raising awareness of mental health issues, garnering him the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.

  • Jack Yang

    I am getting quite annoyed by these guys making commitment to other things. Wasn’t distractions one of many reasons why we lost this year?