Glad to see he is finding ways to improve.

L.A. Times: Ron Artest felt slow and sluggish, very much unlike the defender he used to be.

“I’m trying to get my defense back to what it was a couple of years ago,” the Lakers forward said Wednesday. “I think I’m on the path. The second half of this season and then next year, I should be one of the best defenders.”

Artest was slowed this season by plantar fasciitis — painful swelling on the underside of his feet — but also took a look at something else: his diet.

He weighed 266 two months ago. He kept thinking how he weighed 245 when he was the NBA’s defensive player of the year in 2004.

So he stopped eating late at night and promised himself he would stick to a diet that was 95% fish and vegetables.

With his plantar fasciitis under control, he is also running more often and at unusual times.

When the Lakers arrive in a city for a road game, he’ll hit the treadmill for 45 minutes at the team hotel, even if it’s before the second game of a back-to-back situation. When the Lakers return from a trip, he’ll log another 45 minutes on the treadmill.

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