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With all this talk of Artest’s new-found attitude, maturity and self-control on the court, something very important has been lost: Laker fans secretly want Artest to lose it.

Yeah. I said it. Enough with the “will he behave” and “can Phil keep him in line?” talk.

We all want Artest to lose his mind and just go off on someone. If he ends up pushing or hitting someone and has to be suspended for a few games, even better.

Why?

Because after another incident, there will be a creeping fear in the back of every other player’s mind: Holy crap. If I piss this guy off, he may just hit me. And that fear, that hesitation, just that thought will give the Lakers, and Artest, a mental and emotional edge over whoever he’s guarding.

Would you want to guard him after he just went off on someone? After he hit someone? Would you want him guarding you? Exactly. Most players in the NBA are pretty soft and pampered and don’t want to get hurt.

Let’s be clear: Artest is absolutely crazy. Spare me the Rodman comparisons. Rodman was an attention-needy diva who did what he did to stay in the spotlight.

Artest is not cut from the Terrell Owens/Ochocinco/Rodman cloth of crazy. Artest is certifiable crazy. As in, he’d be in an institution if he wasn’t such a specimen of an athlete. This guy grew up on courts where someone got stabbed through the chest with a table leg  (seriously). You don’t quite recover from that kind of childhood. This is the same man that snapped and jumped into the stands at a professional basketball game to beat someone up. Crazy.

The guy you never want to play against but love having on your team.

All this talk of how he’s matured, however, is slowly erasing that reputation. With it goes the fear and the hesitation to go head on against him. Which is why he needs to have another meltdown. After that, no matter who, be it Lebron James or Dwayne Wade, they will hesitate, even if for a second, as they ponder their fate. Do I really want to take it hard against this insane dude?

Naw. I’ll settle for a jumper.

  • desecrator93

    this article is a joke lol

    • foosheezy

      u a joke

  • PTG23

    YO, RON ARTEST HAVING ANOTHER “MELTDOWN” IS THEDUMBEST IDEA EVER. REAL TALK, RON ACTIN’ A FOOL AINT GONNA DO NOTHIN’ BUT HURT THE THE LAKERS. MALICE AT THE PALACE WAS ENOUGH BULLSHIT FOR THIS MAN’S CAREER TO MAKE HIM THE MOST INTIMIDATED ATHLETE IN THE NBA. SEROIUSLY, RON ARTEST PLAYS FOR THE L.A. LAKERS, NOT THE DENVER NUGGETS. NO ONE ON THE LAKERS BRINGS NEGATIVE ENERGY AROUND AND LAST THING THEY NEED IS FOR ARTEST TO BRING THAT SHIT AROUND.

  • http://www.visionofthefans.com Chris Manning

    No meltdown’s… but he’ll get someone mad with his physicality. Ron is a changed player, and even more importantly, a changed man.

    The league is in BIG trouble because Ron WON’T have a meltdown. It’s on and time for a dynasty.

  • gugy

    Leave Artest alone. Stupid idea to wish the guy a meltdown. That could be very detrimental for the Lakers.

    Any opponent already knows his past so he does not need to punch someone to prove fear on anybody.

    I just want his intensity to be there for D. That’s what the Lakers really needs from him.

  • Al

    Ridiculous “article”.lol…Nobody with any sense believes any of this.

  • MagicLaker

    This post is complete garbage. Only a fool would hope for a Laker to have a “Meltdown” and risk getting suspended. This would only hurt the Lakers and mess up the teams chemistry. Doing such a thing would send a message to other teams to mess with Artest as much as possible and get him ejected or suspended. No one is going to be scared of Ron, he’s a basketball player, not a serial killer. Artest just needs to remain focused and not let any of those things become a distraction.

    Sorry dude, you failed!

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    Guys, Artest is a new guy, if you dont believe that then you are not a Laker fan. His mindset is to win a ring and he will behave for that, he is so hungry for one, he wouldnt want to risk another brawl just to scare the one person he is marking. Besides many people wouldnt be scared when they go against him, because they wouldnt get hurt. Why? Because he can get arrested for doing so. I dont think he’d risk a championship caliber team just to relieve his anger by hitting someone. This article is just wrong on so many levels.

  • GT

    the article is either a joke or the writer is crazy. We are talking about basketball, not Thai boxing

  • http://www.facebook.com/paulcamantigue Whatsa

    That’s a pretty interesting point though IMO…

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    Ok Small Forwards are bigger than shooting guards, correct? When Kobe and Ron Ron went at it in the Playoffs, did Kobe back down when Artest got angry over the elbow and the aggressive play? Nope. If a small dude isn’t scared, then a big one wouldn’t be either. I’m not saying Artest isn’t scary, just saying that he is now showing that he isn’t that type of guy anymore.

  • http://facebook.com/ogartemark mark ogarte

    A Mark Cuban minion!

  • LakersFirst

    Artest has TOO MUCH respect for the Laker organization to have a meltdown. Yes, he’ll get his share of technicals and some pushing and shoving with the opposition, but that’s it.

  • Robert

    Perhaps ‘meltdown’ was a misnomer. It sort of suggests that Ron-Ron is going to act out when everyone else is being rather calm.

    But trust me, when the other team gets into it ‘down the road’, Ron-Ron will stand his ground. Case in point – just wait till they play the CelDicks, and Pierce starts pulling something. You’re going to see Lamar, Kobe and others standing their ground, and Ron-Ron will be right there. He will act the ‘same’ as his teammates – he won’t ‘meltdown’ or go off on his own. He will stand with his team – that’s what will happen if some other team starts pulling something.

    But, I predict this will happen ‘when it counts’ (playoffs) – certainly not the preseason, and maybe not for a while.

    Let us not forget the Ron was a ‘defensive player of the year’ (2004), and all-defensive for the last decade (i.e., top 5 defender in the league). He’ll piss a lot of people off just by his great defense (as mentioned before) – they might hate on him – but he’s gonna do just fine.

  • Sean All Ivy

    We never needed a “meltdown” to win a championship before. Ron is talented enough to make players fear him for his ability to shut them down.

  • WifelovesLuke

    Bobby, this is not the WWE. This is the NBA. Thuggery is not acceptable on any level

    You are a perfect example of what’s wrong with the internet. Some jack off with a laptop and an opinion looking to get people to respond and debate. Well, you succeeded in that and making your name an embaracement.

    • Bro Nuts

      Agree or disagree, you’re a bigger embarrassment spelling embarrassment wrong. Jackass.

      • Namidawg

        this is coming from someone who’s name reads: “WifelovesLuke”?!
        Maybe he meant embrace-ment… like, you made your name something the people want to embrace and make their own. It’s okay WifelovesLuke, we all make mistakes here and there…

        • http://www.lakers.com Jerry Buss

          As the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, I must admit having Mr Artest in a meltdown would not be something I would want to see, but to have him play hard and be a team player is welcome.

          Mr. Roshan, I do like your style and invite you to keep blogging for the Lakers!

          • http://LakersNation Marwan

            Guys this cant be the real Jerry Buss for obvious reasons. Why would he be on the internet when he is so busy managing the team? Why would he be on the internet when he wasnt even there when the Lakers had the parade? So this poser can go rethink what he thinks is funny and what he thinks isn’t, cause Jerry Buss is a very busy man, and he wouldn’t want to waste time on the computer.

            DO YOUR HOMEWORK FIRST BOY, BEFORE YOU POSE AS OTHERS!!

  • Short Dog

    He was young back then. He is mature now. You can’t live life being afraid of everyboby. Stand up and be a man. Artest is down and he wants to win a CHAMPIONSHIP with the LAKERS along Kobe Bryant. Biiiiiiiiitch.