Ron Artest Page


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  • 2004-05 Articles

  • Did commissioner leage door ajar for Artest?
  • Pacers welcome Artest back to practice
  • How will Artest's return to practice help team?
  • Artest charged with misdemeanor assault
  • Pacers ready to move forward
  • Artest suspended for rest of season
  • Artest, O'Neal, Jackson suspended indefinitely
  • Is Artest worth the trouble?
  • How will Artest incident affect team?
  • Artest "The Man" entering season
  • Artest's latest number change honors Rodman
  • Analyzing the small forwards
  • How will Artest handle success?
  • Are reports of turmoil accurate?
  • Bird denies Stojakovic-Artest trade rumors
  • Is Artest a marketable star?
  • Should Artest be in Athens?
  • Career statistics

    Article Archive

  • Artest Fined $10,000 by NBA
  • Artest Wins Defensive Award
  • Artest Leads All-Defensive Team Voting
  • Pacers Accept Artest’s Suspension without Protest
  • NBA Suspends Artest for Game 2
  • Artest Named East Player of the Week
  • Artest Suspended by NBA
  • Artest Activated from Injured List
  • Artest Must be Patient with Injury
  • Artest Out Indefinitely After Thumb Surgery
  • Artest Won’t Start Against Hornets
  • Artest to Enjoy All-Star Experience
  • Artest Takes All-Star Selection in Stride
  • Quietly, Artest Playing Like an All-Star
  • Sprained Thumb Means More Tape for Artest
  • Artest: Meeting Gets "Things Back in Order"
  • Artest Attitude, Game Getting Notice
  • Artest Named Player of the Week in East

  • 2004-05 Player HQ

    Ron Artest

    Number: 91 Height: 6-7 Weight: 246 Birthday: 11/13/79

    Scouting Report:
    Strong as a bull yet surprisingly quick, particularly with his hands, Artest broke through to a new realm in 2003-04, achieving All-Star and All-NBA status while earning the league's Defensive Player of the Year award. An absolute lock-down defender, few players have the ability to score on him one-on-one because of not only his physical traits, but an uncanny sense of anticipation. Offensively, he can be overpowering in the low post and is effective off the dribble. The one area of his game that remains a work in progress is his 3-point shot. A career .314 shooter from the arc, he was at .310 last year. His intensity sometimes bubbles to the surface but he has made major strides in containing his emotions and, as he continues to mature, should only continue to improve.

    Career Highlights:

  • Voted the NBA's 2003-04 Defensive Player of the Year by the media.
  • Leading vote-getter for the NBA All-Defensive team, as voted on by NBA head coaches.
  • Also named to the All-NBA Third Team, his first selection to an All-NBA squad.
  • Named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the first time in 2004, he averaged career-highs of 18.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg.
  • In first All-Star experience, he had seven points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 17 minutes at L.A., 2/15.
  • Named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the Week ending Nov. 9 ... He also won the same award for the week ending Mar. 28.
  • Had three games with 30+ points, including a career-high 35 points at Orlando, 3/26.
  • Had a season-high nine assists vs. Washington, 12/9, tying his most ever in the NBA.
  • Was one of just three players in the NBA with over 150 steals and he averaged 2.08 spg.
  • Second on the team, he averaged a career-high 15.5 ppg and 2.9 apg in 2002-03.
  • Runner-up for NBA Defensive Player of the Year and a Second Team All-Defensive selection in '02-03, he led the Pacers in steals with 159 and finished second in the NBA in steals per game (2.30).
  • He was the league leader with an average of 3.29 steals for every 48 minutes played in 2002-03.
  • Ranked seventh in the NBA in steals (152.0) and steals per game (2.0) in 2000-01.
  • Among players drafted by the Bulls, his 271 steals in his first two seasons are the most in team history over the first two years of any player's career in Chicago.
  • Ranked 13th in the NBA in steals per game (1.65) in 1999-2000.
  • Named to the 1999-2000 Schick All-Rookie Second Team.

    Five Questions:
  • What’s the most important thing a coach ever told you?

    Team basketball wins.
  • If you weren’t a pro basketball player, what pro sport would you be playing (and what position?)

    I’d be a boxer.
  • What’s your favorite charity/community memory?

    Wheelchair Classic Charity. I also like to help others who can’t walk.
  • Who is the most famous person you ever met?

    Mike Tyson
  • What reality show would you like to participate in and why?

    Survivor. It pays the most.

    Contract Status:
    Signed through 2007-08, when he has the option to become a free agent

    Personal File:
  • Full name is Ronald William Artest, Jr.
  • Nickname is “Pakman”
  • Was a mathematics major at St. John’s
  • Has a record label called Tru Warier
  • Sponsors basketball tournaments held at Queensbridge Projects, an outdoor basketball court in his hometown, four times a year
  • As a high school senior, was named a McDonald’s All-American and the Co-Player of the Year in New York City and the state of New York
  • As a teenager, he played on the same AAU team with NBA stars Elton Brand and Lamar Odom
  • Says the toughest player he has ever had to defend against is Mike Chatfield, a neighborhood playground legend from his hometown of Queensbridge, NY
  • Is married to Kimsha and has four children
  • Wears a size 16 basketball shoe.