gcclaker wrote:With The Ronald in the fold diffusing the opposition's best scorer and should Bynum achieve a more than reasonable impact on defense...the Lakers point differential should increase. Individually, Artest is doing what is expected of him. He does not have to force or carry the offense as he did in Houston so a majority of his focus is on the defensive end. I really would like to see Artest get more assertive on offense when either Bryant or Gasol is on the bench but that will come in time as he gets comfortable. Right now, he knows his place in the pecking order currently running fourth.
More than that, he's thriving in that role. There hasn't been a single peep about him being unhappy with his opportunities offensively. There hasn't been any problem really at all with Ron as a personality on this team or in the locker room. He's proving that he can fit this team like a glove and I love it.
As for his offense, I like what he's doing right now. Pass first, shoot when it's there. I don't mind that right now. Let Gasol, Bynum and Kobe get their shots going and then Artest can find a little offensive niche for himself. I expect him to be an offensive leader with the second unit when he gets the chance.