Ron Artest RAPPING SMALL FORWARD
After one season in Houston, the 29-year-old free agent signed a five-year, $33 million deal with the Lakers—his fifth NBA team
Dan Patrick: Is your new coach, Phil Jackson, a tough guy to get to know?
Ron Artest: There's a little bit of an adjustment, but for the most part it's a veteran group, so it's kind of easy. I'm the only new guy.
DP: How does it feel to put on that Lakers uniform?
RA: Great. Just the history behind it. At my [introductory] press conference I was like, Man, I can't wait to put on the jersey.
DP: Who picked your number?
RA: Actually, one of my fans said to use 37—that's how many weeks Michael Jackson was at No. 1 with Thriller. So I used that number. It was kind of cool.
DP: Can you sing Michael Jackson songs?