Ron's Recognition

Artest has been slow to pick up the Lakers' playbook, but he's improving every day

Updated: February 17, 2010, 2:16 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Lakers coach Phil Jackson's second-quarter lineup Tuesday night against Golden State featuring both Sasha Vujacic and Adam Morrison on the floor at the same time was certainly curious.

And by curious, I mean "reeked of showcasing," considering they are principal players being mentioned in the rumored deal for Kirk Hinrich, with the NBA's trade deadline looming Thursday.

But even if the Lakers don't pull the trigger on any roster-rattling moves this week, there's one player already ...

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