Ron is gaining confidence and that is going to be much needed in the playoffs!
O.C. Register: Ron Artest was wondering out loud about what kind of numbers Dwyane Wade wound up with against Artest and the Lakers on Thursday night. So I offered Artest the box score I had in my hand.
He took it and studied it, and even though Wade’s season-high 14 assists stood out, that 9-for-21 shooting and those six turnovers weren’t too pretty. So it was odd that Artest ended up making a gruff, unhappy noise before dumping the box score inside his locker, smiling a little with some embarrassment.
Artest was actually dissatisfied to see that he had failed to get a single rebound in his 44:52 to playing time. That’s what prompted him to grunt in dismay.
Overall, though, Artest sang a pretty cheerful note, even though the Lakers lost. He has an incredible 16 steals in his past three games against Carmelo Anthony, Danny Granger and Dwyane Wade. (Artest played a few shifts guarding Quentin Richardson but spent nearly his entire Thursday night on Wade.) Artest expressed excitement about just how quick he’s feeling post-plantar fasciitis and at a lighter weight suggested by Lakers trainer Gary Vitti.
“I’m feeling really good; I feel really, really positive,” Artest said. “I’m just happy that my feet are moving.”
He got left behind a few times by Wade, but Artest noted: “Not everybody’s Dwyane.” Artest suggested that if he could hang this well with Wade, imagine what he will do as the season moves on against anyone “who is not as quick.”
“Beware,” Artest said. “To everybody, beware.”