Artest fitting in fine with L.A. ... for now

Never at loss for words, well-traveled forward is hearing good things from Lakers fans

Updated: June 6, 2010, 6:57 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

All it took was an entire regular season, 17 playoff games, one winning basket and a trip to the NBA Finals for Lakers fans to embrace Ron Artest at last.

You could hear it in the final two minutes of the Lakers' Game 1 victory over the Celtics, when Artest found himself alone behind the 3-point arc and the crowd offered encouragement.

"Shoot it!" the fans started to yell. "Shoooooooooot!"

So he did. And he made it. And there were even louder cheers of approval.

"They ...

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