When I saw the Lakers were bringing back my guy Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest, I was very happy with the move. Obviously he isn't going to do much for us on the court, I'll honestly be surprised if he gets to play more than 5 minutes a game, and even that won't be every night. I don't care about his play whatsoever, that's not why the Lakers signed him. The Lakers signed him to help mentor these young guys, he may have had his crazy moments in the past, but this dude used to ball the fuck out. He was defensive player of the year in 2004, he also was probably the best player on those Pacers teams that would give the Pistons a lot of trouble in the Eastern Conference, and oh yeah he won a title with the Lakers. Actually let me rephrase that, he actually won the Lakers the title in 2010. He dropped 25 points in game 7, grabbed a bunch of offensive boards, and hit a very clutch shot late in the game. Ron Artest is a true gamer, veteran leader, and champion that can definitley help elevate these guys to being better players and people. Ron Artest gets a bad wrap because everyone remembers his scuffle with some fans in the Palace. Artest was obviously in the wrong in that situation, but it doesn't mean he's a bad guy that you don't want around your young players. He was young and foolish when that happened, things change, and he proved that when he won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, this award is handed out to any player, coach, or staff member who shows outstanding support and assistance in their community. Out of all the people in the league, he won this award, he's the guy going into neighborhoods and making a difference, you don't hear about it on the news because he doesn't care for the recognition, he just wants to make a difference. You can't tell me this wasn't a good signing, you have a guy that the fans of LA absolutely love, a great teacher for these young players, and just a great mentor to have around the team because he is so involved in the community so he will bring out the best in others around him. Metta World Peace, Ron Artest, whatever you wanna call him is a great signing, his play won't help us on the court whatsoever, but what he will do for the team at practice, on road trips, and in the locker room will help translate to other players performances on the court. Thank you Metta, for another year. Of course I couldn't write about Ron Artest without posting this though...