Now's the time for Artest

Choice reaffirms season's final theme: Shaq was then, Kobe's now, LeBron's next

Originally Published: July 3, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

LeBron or Kobe? Kobe or Shaq?

These weren't just classic sports arguments for Ron Artest. For him, this was real life, real money and perhaps his last real shot at an NBA championship.

He chose Kobe.

Or maybe his decision was more about Los Angeles over Cleveland (no contest there). After all, he was sitting courtside at Staples Center almost as much Jack and Denzel after the Lakers eliminated the Rockets from the playoffs, and he's already familiar with two fixtures of L.A. ...

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