Saturday, January 15, 2011
Ron Artest to LeBron James: Join Clips
By Ramona Shelburne
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Ron Artest did more than defend LeBron James in the two games the Los Angeles Lakers played against the Cleveland Cavaliers last year. In between possessions, he found time to offer some career advice.
"Last year during the game, I told him he should come to L.A., to the Clippers," Artest said. "I just think it'd be cool to have that competition [between the Lakers and Clippers].
"He's a great player. He'd make anybody better. You give him five old ladies and he's going to make them better."
Artest was kidding, kind of.
As the case always is whenever Artest pontificates on a subject that doesn't really pertain to him, there were multiple layers to his sentiments.
"I really thought he should've went there [to the Clippers]," Artest said. "They have a great team, but I don't know if he was thinking like that."
This is the second time this week Artest has addressed a James-related topic, although it should be noted he was asked for his views by reporters.
Artest -- who last year famously aired out some of his frustrations with Lakers coach Phil Jackson via Twitter -- was asked if he saw James' controversial tweet after the Cavaliers were blown out 112-57 by the Lakers on Tuesday night.
James' Twitter account posted the message: "Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It's not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!"
James later denied that he'd written that tweet himself, saying he re-tweeted something sent to him. But the story brought another round of negative headlines for James.
"Yeah, I saw that [tweet]," Artest said before the Lakers' game against the Warriors on Wednesday night. "Unfortunately I saw that.
"I'd rather not see that tweet. I ain't got no comment on it. That situation is between the parties that's involved."
Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles. Follow her on Twitter.