Ron Artest assumes utility role

The Lakers forward has quietly become the most versatile player on his team

Updated: April 24, 2011, 7:37 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

NEW ORLEANS -- Ron Artest is in playoff mode.

"At this time of the year it's more just everything on my mind is execution," he said. "That's all I think about."

Well, it's not all he thinks about.

Artest has taken up a running gag since the team arrived in New Orleans, keeping tabs on the Los Angeles Lakers staffers that made the trip.

At Friday's shootaround, he chided the Lakers director of video services, Chris Bodaken, for not stepping on the court ...

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