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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.



Comments

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2010 9:59 am
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

Nah, that league folded years ago. 



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2010 10:02 pm
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

Is he kiding? He already is a punk is basketball.  If he even tried to play what position would he play? WR? The best he could ever do in football is be a BENCHWARMMER! Giving his teammates gatorade and other stuff



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2010 6:44 pm
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

Does he have a football background?

Did he play in college? 


Football isn't a sport you learn overnight.  Not well enough to play in the NFL.



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: November 18, 2010 6:05 pm
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

I could see Ron as a DE or OLB.



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2010 4:00 pm
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

I wish Ron would stop worrying about tomorrow and concentrate on basketball. His fundamentals needs work and he needs to drop weight and getting more athletic. His job is basketball....I cant stress how much more work he needs to put in on his game . Just showing up and playing subpar defense is not going to do it. This is a rerun of years past when he wanted to be a Hip Hop Artest artist....now a football player....Ok ! Try being a great basketball player. The Heat, Celtics and Thunder our not going to hand you the title and they have three small forwards that own you.  



Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:09 pm
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

Q: Who wants to make room on their roster for a 35-year-old basketball player with behavioral issues who has never played professional football?

A:  Probably the Raiders, Bengals, Redskins, and Cowboys.




Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2010 11:46 am
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

being 35 in the NBA is a lot different than being 35 in the NFL





Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2010 10:44 am
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

I would use him as a wide out on goal line plays.  He could run to the back of the end zone where the QB could throw the ball just low enough for him to catch at the peak of his vertical jump.

Unfortunately, there won't be a lot of money for Artest given the likelihood that his role will be highly specialized.



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2010 10:22 am
 

Artest says he's NFL-bound after basketball

should we rename it wfl    white folks league just for you ?


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Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2010 10:08 am
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