The unfortunate reality is that Ron Artest has been useless for the Lakers this season. I’ve said from his press conference in San Diego, in which he wore a Padres hat but didn’t know that SD had a baseball team, that Ron Ron was worse for the Lakers than Trevor Ariza except when the Lakers play two teams: Boston and Denver. His talents showed when the Laker SF man-handled Paully Pierce in the Finals last year. HOWEVER, his lack of offensive production this year holistically, his poor play against Miami on x-mas day, and Paully’s 32 points on 11-18 shooting in the Staples Center showdown in January have Laker fans weary. A solid shutdown of Paully tonight could keep him in the purple and gold past the Feb. 24th trade deadline. Another no show and he might find himself in a packaged deal for another athletic SF.
On the other hand, King Bynum has had flashes of greatness this year; however, the pull for Melo is strong especially with the athletic wings of Miami gelling so well so early. He needs to dominate tonight to help Kupchak and Coach Phil to remember the importance of dominating the paint against the beasts of the east.
I personally hope Ron Ron will have another memorable June: