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This is the Artest the Lakers need

Updated: January 31, 2010, 11:29 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

BOSTON -- Nineteen months ago, Kobe Bryant found himself in the cramped showers of the visiting locker room in TD Garden, literally steaming after the Lakers lost Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals by 39 points. As the story goes, he was then met by Ron Artest, who walked up to Bryant and told him he wanted to come to Los Angeles and help Bryant win a championship.

On Sunday, Bryant and Artest were back at the scene of that encounter for the first time as teammates. This time Bryant mockingly ...

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