I'm Crazy Ron Artest, Give Me Some Candy

Last week I talked about how R. Kelly was beginning to really wig out. Well now I think we've found the NBA equivalent. The fact that Ron Artest is crazy shouldn't shock anyone that watches the NBA. But like R. Kelly's guns in the crowd stunt at MSG with Jay-Z, Artest has kicked it up a notch. It seems he asked for some time off from the Pacers to recover from the fatigue of recording and promoting his new rap album. Yes, his new rap album. Artest thought he should've been the MVP last year, so I guess he figured he should act like Shaq in 93.

I've always liked the Artest, his crazy antics make it hard not to like him. The NBA needs a guy that will get thrown out of a game at the drop of a dime and will smash television cameras on his way out. Thrown the nutty stuff he does off the court, like applying for a job at Circuit City after his rookie season, and the guy is irresistible. But this latest stunt is truly a head scratcher. What professional athlete asks for time off in the middle of the season because they're tired? "I kind of surprised the team by wanting to take some games off, just to get back together, maybe stay home for a little bit, rest a little bit and come back." Uhh yeah, I can see how that might catch them off guard, as no one ever does it. "They probably expected a little more; expected me to play every game. Everybody's different. It's early in the season, so I feel like I could take some time off early and be ready for the long stretch." C'maaan Ron, as much as I like your wackiness, even I can't take this seriously. I believe when they sign your contract, it's based on you playing every game. How can you be so tired 4 games into the season? You should at least be putting out a double album if it was that much work.

There can be a bright side to this story: we'll get to hear Ron Artest rap. Or should I say Paqman, which is Ronald W. Artest's rap moniker. Checking out the site for his label, Truwarier Records, you can see just how nutty this venture is. Paqman's artist bio says "The CEO of TruWarier records has created a fine tuned record label that includes his own major debuting career as an artist". I'd say the CEO of TruWarier records is also writing the copy for his website.

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