EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Ron Artest stopped short of a "J-E-T-S!" cheer. Actually, he didn't even stand up during his interview session. But the Lakers forward left little doubt about his rooting interest in Sunday's Jets-Patriots game.
"I've been a Jets fan for a long time," said Artest, who is from the Queensbridge area of New York City. "Lamar [Odom] is a Yankee and Giants guy. I'm a Mets and Jets guy. And I'm about to convert to the Nets when they come to Brooklyn."
The Lakers are scheduled to play the Clippers at 12:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, just an hour before the Jets-Patriots kickoff in their highly anticipated AFC semifinal playoff game.
"I can't see a lot of people watching our game, except the hard-core Lakers fans and Clippers fans," Artest joked. "Other than that, everybody will be tuned in, and at halftime people will probably be tuned into the Jet game.
"I'll probably TiVo it. I like to know the score [after the game]. But I still like to go home [and] watch it over just to see the plays and see what happened."
Odom, who is from Queens, copped to being a bandwagon-hopper.
"They're the last New York team left," Odom said. "The Jets had been down for a while, so to see them playing well, that's great.
"As a coach, I love [Rex Ryan]. As a man, I don't know him personally. But as a coach, he's given that team the right push."
And what does Artest think of the Jets' colorful coach?
"I still don't know much about him," Artest said. "I'm just a Jets guy."
Told that Ryan might generate as many headlines as he does, Artest laughed.
"Yes, I heard. And I'm not happy about that."
Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles. Follow her on Twitter.