Ron Artest Redemption Tour Rolls Onward

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↵And so begins the Ron Artest redemption tour. After showing his vast reservoir of guile in the press, the NBA's Most Notorious celebrated this Rockets milestone by downplaying the whole thing, and making a warm-hearted joke about the Auburn Hills brawl. His urging of the team, and fans, to not think of the second round as the promised land? It's pretty much in line with the fiery, but practical, side he showed when the performance of the injured T-Mac came to a head. I don't want to pile on McGrady, because I think there's enough of that going on already. But it's looking like Artest, however inconsistent he is, could be just what the Rockets need on the floor and in the locker room. While, at the same time, forcing everyone to take him on his own terms. This is Ron Ron saying "I'm still me. And like I said all along, I can make a difference if you just listen to me ... and I just listen to myself."↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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