Many thought that Ron Artest’s career would be all but over after he was involved in one of the NBA’s most infamous fights, a brawl in which he entered the stands, instigating a fight between players and fans. Coming off an All-Star season, Artest was suspended 73 games, the longest suspension for an on-court incident in the league’s history.
All he did in the first four years following that return was average at least 17 points per game while making stops in Sacramento and Houston following a trade from Indiana. In the fifth year, Artest was on the move again, landing with the Los Angeles Lakers. And while his points per game dropped to just 11.0, he finished with an NBA Championship.
Now, for his next act, Artest would like to be in a Twilight movie. No, seriously. Artest, who attended the premiere of the latest Twilight film, wants to be a villain in a future movie. Wrap your mind around that.
Ron Artest joined KHTK in Sacramento with the Rise Guys to discuss what his summer has been like following winning a championship ring, what changes in life after winning a title, why his television show continues to bring up the infamous brawl, whether he’s moved on from that incident, whether there’s a different basketball environment in Los Angeles, why he attended the premiere of the latest Twilight movie and whether he’s for Team Edward or Team Jacob.
On what the summer has been like after the Lakers won the title:
“It’s been fun. The only thing that has changed … is the excitement with the fans and how they receive me now and a lot of different opportunities. The hard work is still there, preparing for the next season. But when you win a championship, you’re looked at differently around the whole world. It’s been amazing.”
On what changes in life after winning a ring:
“I think you take advantage of the opportunities that you have, but other than that, you don’t really feel no different. You feel more thankful. If anything, I was more humbled by the situation because I wanted to thank my teammates at Indiana. … I wanted to kind of be more thankful for everything rather than celebrating. After I had a chance to thank everybody that was involved with my life, then I could celebrate.”
On his television show “Life After The Brawl” and whether the brawl should still be brought up:
“What happened was TV1 thought it would be cool to do a story for a ‘Life After.’ They’re doing a bunch of stories called ‘Life After…’ … They asked me, they said, ‘Would you want to do a Life After?’ A life after what? I’m still living, you know. They said, ‘Life After The Brawl.’ I’m just like, you know, ‘How are you going to do the story? What point do you want to get across, to make me look like a fool?’ They were like, ‘No, we just want to tell a story, just your life after and the things that you’ve been through.’ … It’s kind of cool. You’re going to hear from my wife, you’ll hear from my son, my daughters, my little sister and one of my Little League coaches. It’s a little different, but it’s not trying to glorify anything that happened.”
On whether he’s moved on from the brawl:“I don’t think it’s about being OK, it’s about moving on for me. To me, it’s more about moving on and knowing it was unfortunate. It was something I definitely never wanted to happen, never expected it to happen, never prepared for that. I’m just happy that I had a chance to move on and go to Sacramento and go to Houston and go to L.A.”
On going to the premier of Twilight:
“That was fun. … I actually went there and it was like right after we won and I was like, probably one of the bigger guys on the red carpet. A lot of people was happy and even the director. It was kind of cool. I love that movie. I love the action.”
On whether he’s part of Team Edward or Team Jacob:
“I wish I could be in the movie and be like the villain. I want to be the big bad one that just eats everybody. … I want to eat Edward and Jacob.”