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Artest obsessed with defense

Ron Artest's Lakers journey has been all about one thing -- repeating the championship

Updated: April 20, 2010, 1:27 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- "I thought we gave 100 percent physically. Mentally, I'm not sure. I think mentally we need to get better."

It might seem like a clichéd quote on the surface until you realize the constructive criticism, issued after the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 87-79, in their playoff opener, was uttered by none other than Ron Artest, arguably the most colorful and mentally unstable player in the NBA.

That's right, the player most figured was too much ...

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