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Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:31 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 4:08 pm
 
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Nope, never a dull moment with Ron Artest.

In an interview airing later this week on CBSSports.com, Artest revealed that he intends to try out for an NFL team when his contract with the Lakers is up after the 2013-14 season. Artest, who taped the interview at the Lakers’ practice facility on Saturday, his 31st birthday, already has divulged that he’s been training for a second career as a heavyweight boxer when his basketball days are over. Little did we know that there’s another professional sport Artest wants to try.

Then again, knowing him, of course there is.

“God willing, after my NBA career, God willing I’m still athletic enough – which I’m trying to take care of my body as best as possible and be prepared for this day, for this tryout of an NFL team,” Artest said. “... It’s a fantasy of mine. It’s an opportunity because I’m athletic. So if that fantasy can be fulfilled, and if it’s something that can really be reached as far as a goal, I’m going for it.”

In the wide-ranging interview, which can be viewed in its entirety later this week on CBSSports.com, Artest also discussed his motivation behind auctioning off his championship ring to raise money and awareness in a personal crusade against mental illness; how he might feel if he sees the Celtics and Jermaine O’Neal in the NBA Finals, given that he feels like a “coward” in the presence of former Pacers teammates after the infamous Palace brawl in 2004; and his personal battle with alcohol.

“I do sip occasionally,” said Artest, who last season admitted that he used to drink Hennessy at halftime during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls. “But the impressive thing for me is, I don’t even want a drink sometimes. ... During the season and during August and during training camp, I try to stay away from it. And the more I stayed away from it, the more I’d forget that I actually want to drink.”

Artest, who helped the Lakers win their second straight championship last season, said he’s raised more than $500,000 selling raffle tickets at $2 each – with a minimum purchase of five tickets – for the ring he spent 11 years pursuing. The winner will be determined on Christmas Day, before the Lakers play the Miami Heat, with the proceeds going to mental health charities.



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Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

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Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:05 pm
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

ron ron is a nba champion, he will likely be envited to some team's try-outs for the media blitz. but other then that, allow him to live his dreams,




Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2010 6:09 pm
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

 A whole lot of people on here need to chill out -- so Artest says he wants to try out for the NFL in 3 or 4 years---"Its a fantasy of mine"?  Okay, so what....he said he wants to "try out", he did not guarantee he'd go into the HOF as a football player or even make the team, just that he wants to try when he's done with basketball.  What is wrong with that?  How many guys show up at the rare open tryouts for professional teams in any sport even though they know, or should know, there is almost 0 chance of making the team?  Who cares --if its a dream of his to try out, let him try out.  It does not hurt anybody.  Just relax.



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2010 9:41 pm
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

WarnertoHolt, excellent point.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: November 19, 2010 8:16 pm
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

It is funny how everyone always labeled Artest as a villain.  The guy had some mental demons in the early years of his career and he is still battling some of them.  However, as soon as he was teamed with Kobe he began to play and act like a Laker.  This is real similar to the way Jordan reined in Rodman and got the best out of him.  Kobe has helped Artest grow as a player and has jump started his career.  Great leaders make the players around them better.  This is exactly what Kobe has done.



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2010 7:29 pm
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

After watching this and the Larry King interview, I still can't figure it out: Is Artest an idiot or a genius? Possibly neither, yet possibly both, like the holy fool (yurodivy) of Russia as depicted in several great Russian novels.



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2010 6:16 pm
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

Nobody will even invite to their team to be one of the 50 players that gets cut. 


On another note I always thought it would of been cool to see if Deion Sanders could play in NBA. I remember him winning a dunk contest amoung athletes from other sports. Deion seems like he would of had the athleticsm and natural instincts to be a playa! He could of played all 3 major sports.



Since: Nov 19, 2010
Posted on: November 19, 2010 6:16 pm
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

I didn't know the KKK was allowed to put racist taks on this site.
If you don't like black people then you should check ping pong.


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